Mike Ness


Michael James Ness is an American guitarist, vocalist, and chief songwriter for the punk rock band Social Distortion, which was formed in 1978. As of Dennis Danell's death in 2000, he is the only remaining original member of the band, although not the only survivor as Derek O'Brien, Casey Royer, Rik Agnew and Frank Agnew are still alive.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Mike Ness.


1962 Birth Born on April 3, 1962.


1978 16 Years Old Inspired by The Sex Pistols, Ness founded Social Distortion in 1978 with Casey Royer, releasing the Mainliner/Playpen 7" record on Robbie Field's indie label Posh Boy Records in 1981. … Read More


1983 21 Years Old …  He once used a non-reverse Gibson Firebird, as seen on the back cover of Social Distortion's 1983 debut Mommy's Little Monster. … Read More
1986 24 Years Old Ness performed in the band Easter from 1986–1988 and appeared in the music video for the songs "Slipping Away" and "Lights Out". … Read More


1999 37 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1999, Mike Ness acted in the film, Frezno Smooth, playing a fictional version of himself in the film.


2004 42 Years Old …  He was replaced by Operation Ivy/Rancid bassist Matt Freeman until late 2004 when current member, Brent Harding, joined.
2006 44 Years Old In February 2006, Ness broke his wrist while skateboarding in Las Vegas. … Read More
2008 46 Years Old On May 17, 2008 Ness and his band were joined on stage by Bruce Springsteen at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey for the encore. … Read More
2009 47 Years Old 1 More Event
On April 16, 2009 Ness joined Springsteen and the E Street Band on stage at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. … Read More
2010 48 Years Old Bad TV, Ness stated that Social Distortion was planning to return to the studio in December of that year or the beginning of 2010 to begin recording their seventh album. … Read More
2011 49 Years Old As of August 2011, according to Ness, another Social Distortion album is in the works.


2012 50 Years Old As of 2012, Julian Ness plays rhythm guitar in the Duane Peters band, Die Hunns.
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