Quintessential Irish-American Celtic punk band FLOGGING MOLLY and legendary American punk rock band SOCIAL DISTORTION are teaming up for the ultimate Summer tour. Their co-headline tour will kick off in Dallas, TX at Toyota Music Factory Pavilion on August 13th with The Devil Makes Three and Le Butcherettes in tow, circle around the East Coast, head toward the Midwest then West Coast to conclude at Mesa Amphitheatre in Phoenix, AZ on September 29th. Pandora and CITI presale kicks off on April 23rd at 10am and public on sale begins on April 26that 10am. Front Row Packages and VIP Tour Packages can be purchased here.
“We’re excited to be heading out on the road with our friends Flogging Molly this summer,” vows Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness. “It’s been a long time since we’ve played a show together and the first time since ’92 that Social Distortion has done a co-headline tour. It’s going to be a lot of fun and we’re all looking forward to it.”
Since their formation in 1979 in the working-class Southern California suburb of Fullerton, Social Distortion have a recharged rock ‘n’ roll sound merging outlaw country, classic punk and swaggering blues. The band’s last release Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes was the first album with their current label Epitaph Records and the band’s highest charting album in their career. Produced for the first time by Ness himself, the album debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. As the band is now in their 40th year and still going strong, look to make this tour the start of their 2019 festivities while also preparing to head back into the studio to start a new chapter to their already rich legacy.
FLOGGING MOLLY is a staple in the punk scene and touring in support of Life Is Good, their first new album in over six years. It’s filled with rousing songs that are timeless in their sentiment, but directly related to today’s most pressing concerns: politics, the economy, unemployment, planned boomtowns gone bust, immigration policies gone awry, and much more. Life Is Goodserves as a wake-up call to those who have simply stood by while far-reaching political decisions were made that had serious impact on them. The band started out as the house band at Molly Malone’s and built a loyal following. They’ve built a massive fan base through endless touring and even have their very own boat cruise which has hosted everyone from Rancid to NOFX to The Offspring to Less Than Jake to The English Beat to The Bouncing Souls to Frank Turner to Gogol Bordello. This year marks the fifth year of their roaring Salty Dog Cruise. This year’s lineup includes Frank Turner, Stiff Little Fingers, Pennywise, Hepcat, Face To Face, Street Dogs, The Bronx, Mariachi El Bronx and others.