Mike Ness
Musician, singer, songwriter, guitarist
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.
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WATCH: Index: Ballot Questions in Some States Make News Across the Country on Issues Including Marijuana, Minimum Wage and Gun Control
ABC News - 5 months
The stories people have been buzzing about all week.
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When Purloined Letters Make News
NYTimes - over 1 year
A Times article about the movie “Concussion” based on hacked Sony emails raises broader ethical questions.
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As Online Ads Look More Like News Articles, F.T.C. Warns Against Deception
NYTimes - over 3 years
The Federal Trade Commission fears that what has become known as native advertising,” “paid links” or “sponsored content” can confuse consumers, even when the information is labeled advertising.     
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LOOKS LIKE NEWS ORGANIZATIONS MAY HAVE IT WRONG – NO ARREST in BOSTON MARATHON BOMBINGS
Fox News - almost 4 years
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Salt Mine News: Lil Zay Looks Past Major Label Offers and Signs a Major Independent Production Deal with Shark on Land Ent and a RIAA Multi-Platinum Production Team
Yahoo News - about 4 years
Saltmine News owned by Mahvrick Networks covers news related to the Saltmine Studio Oasis. Lil Zay booked a studio for a handful of records executives to meet and listen to his next project.Tuscan, AZ (PRWEB) January 02, 2013 Lil Zay has been backed by Shark on Land Entertainment since he was a 15 year old. Lil Zay passed up on all major label offers in the last quarter of 2012 and has recently agreed on terms with a well-known multi-platinum production team. Shark on Land Entertainment has been the back bone for Lil Zay over the past 5 years of his career. ...
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Slumming It
The Portland Mercury - over 4 years
Hate waiting? Slum it with these diner chow picks. by Chris Onstad BREAKFAST, to me, is potato, egg, and sausage on the same fork, coffee in steady supply, and thimble-sized creamers for stacking in uncomplicated ways. Wire racks of Concord jelly and two kinds of Tabasco are a good litmus, and whipped butter in a pleated cuplet sets my mind at ease. If the hash browns fall somewhere between flat-topped and butter-braised, I'll be back. Here is a list of some local standbys that cradle my simple tastes like a ninth-grader charged with pretending a chicken egg is her baby. Would my Depression-reared grandfather enjoy these places? "You're goddamn right I would," I conjure from the memory of 100 fishing breakfasts we shared. TOM'S RESTAURANT Extraordinarily basic diner food, booths, and coffee. It's cheap, the waitress will openly tell you that she smokes inside her house, and they know how to cook eggs. Never a wait, never a thri ...
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Being in the Know with Austin Bodoh
Channahon-Minooka Patch - almost 5 years
It is possible that 10-year-old Austin Bodoh knows more about what is going on in the world than most average grownups. Bodoh lives in Minooka, where he just finished fourth grade at Jones Elementary. Academically, he excels in all of his advanced level classes and takes part in many extracurricular activities, including basketball, soccer, Cub Scouts, good news club and chess club. One of the most unique things about this whiz kid might be his nose for news, especially when it comes to following local weather. “It’s important to be informed so we can prevent disease and disaster and starvation and get prepared for different kinds of weather," Bodoh said. “You know, it’s not smart to go outside and play when there’s a tornado going on;  you need to stay somewhere safe, away from windows." Tech-savvy Bodoh gets most of his news sent directly to his iPod via applications that he has selected to give him the news that he wants. “I like News 360 because it gives world news r ...
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Local Students Make News For Their Schools
KJCT 8- CO - almost 5 years
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Noisy Neighbors - Boston Globe
Google News - over 5 years
As fellow Massachusetts-born, hardcore-bred rockers like Social Distortion's Mike Ness will tell you, an acoustic guitar, bracing voice, and an ominous tune or two about sin and salvation can be just as fiery, fierce, and - yes - punk as a louder,
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"A-List: New York" Episode 206 Recap: The Hurricane Repellant - AfterElton.com
Google News - over 5 years
... recreate the moment in their own lives. With next week being the extended Labor Day weekend, we'll all get a chance to rest up before diving in for more of Austin's drunkenness, Nyasha's diva-ness and Mike's um… Mike-ness? Have a wonderful holiday
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Social Distortion to play Sherman Theater - The Express Times - LehighValleyLive.com
Google News - over 5 years
Frontman Mike Ness remains the only original member of the band, which formed in 1978. Minus a brief two-year hiatus in 1985 when the band had to take a break for Ness to enter rehab, the group has been going strong ever since
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Social D In The Fall - Pollstar (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Touring in support of Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes which was released earlier this year, Mike Ness & Co.'s fall agenda is a musical smörgåsbord of appearances. You get festival dates with Social D. playing Sonic Boom in Edmonton, Alberta, Sept
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Social Distortion Next Album On The Way - Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Google News - over 5 years
This past January, it was reported that the next Social Distortion album was already on the way and then last July frontman Mike Ness told Frank Turner that his goal was to make another album in at least two years. Mike was recently interviewed at his
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Punk pioneers Social Distortion find a new groove - Montreal Gazette
Google News - over 5 years
By Eric Volmers, Postmedia News August 22, 2011 Mike Ness of Social Distortion performs at day two of the San Diego Street Scene at Coors Ampitheatre September 23, 2007 in Chula Vista, California. Without fail, a new Social Distortion album is always
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Punk pioneers Social Distortion find a new groove - Calgary Herald
Google News - over 5 years
So news that leader Mike Ness intends to quicken the pace when it comes to releasing new material is sure to be met with cheers by the band's devout and exceedingly patient followers. Because while Ness's output as vocalist, songwriter and sole
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Social Distortion brings 'Nursery Rhymes' to House of Blues - Orlando Sentinel
Google News - over 5 years
Frontman Mike Ness has his solo career and a family, not to mention the three years of touring band members did for their last release ("Sex, Love and Rock 'n Roll"). With "Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes" grabbing their highest chart position ever,
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Social Distortion's Mike Ness Loves 'Tearing Down' Punk Stereotypes -- New Video - Spinner
Google News - over 5 years
Mike Ness has spent over 30 years refining his vintage punk sound. With the band Social Distortion, the veteran songwriter forged a unique brand within the genre that borrowed from the guitar gods of his youth. The process all started back in the
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Nick 13 Is as Punk as a Stetson - OC Weekly
Google News - over 5 years
While the evolution from punk to roots isn't an entirely new phenomenon (think X to the Knitters to Mike Ness), it is one that has regained popularity in recent years, and Tiger Army front man Nick 13 just did just that. He ventured from his signature
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Q&A with Danish Metalers Volbeat - Cincinnati CityBeat
Google News - over 5 years
Mike Ness from Social Distortion. The list is pretty long and there are a lot of legendary guitar players that give me a lot of inspiration. CB: We look forward to seeing you in Cincinnati. We look forward to seeing you live and hearing the new album
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mike Ness
    FORTIES
  • 2012
    As of 2012, Julian Ness plays rhythm guitar in the Duane Peters band, Die Hunns.
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  • 2011
    As of August 2011, according to Ness, another Social Distortion album is in the works.
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  • 2010
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The album, now known as Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, was finally released on January 18, 2011.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    On May 18, 2009 Mike Ness and Social Distortion played a benefit show at the House of Blues in Anaheim, California called "Rock to Recovery" and his son joined him on stage and played lead guitar for the song "Ball and Chain".
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    On April 16, 2009 Ness joined Springsteen and the E Street Band on stage at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.
    More Details Hide Details Songs played included Social Distortion's "Bad Luck" and Springsteen's "The Rising".
  • 2008
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Songs played were "Misery Loves Company", "Ball and Chain", "If You Leave Before Me" and "I Fought the Law".
  • 2006
    In February 2006, Ness broke his wrist while skateboarding in Las Vegas.
    More Details Hide Details He continued to perform vocals on the tour while T.S.O.L. guitarist Ron Emory filled in on guitar until Ness recovered from the injury. On January 18, 2007, former Social Distortion bass player Brent Liles died after being hit by a tractor trailer truck. Ness dedicated a performance at the Anaheim House of Blues to him shortly after. Despite earlier reports that the band would begin recording their next studio album by 2008, Social Distortion took a hiatus from touring and recording, when Ness was on tour with his solo band which is composed of two current members of Social Distortion; Brent Harding and Jonny Wickersham. Also touring with Ness were Chris Lawrence on Telecaster and pedal steel guitar and Dave Raven on drums. In a July 2009 interview with Tarakany!
  • 2004
    He was replaced by Operation Ivy/Rancid bassist Matt Freeman until late 2004 when current member, Brent Harding, joined.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    In 1999, Ness released his first solo album, Cheating at Solitaire.
    More Details Hide Details Although some of Social Distortion's songs paid homage to country music artists, Cheating at Solitaire was an unalloyed expression of Ness' country influences. Solitaire included guest appearances by Bruce Springsteen, Brian Setzer, Billy Zoom and Josh Freese, as well as members of Royal Crown Revue. Springsteen had touted Social Distortion's Heaven and Hell as his favorite record of the year in a Rolling Stone interview in 1992. Ness continued in this vein, releasing a compilation of country covers entitled Under the Influences that same year. Both albums came out on Time Bomb Recordings. Ness toured extensively in the U.S. in support of these albums, backed partially by the 2006 incarnation of Social Distortion; ex-Plugz and Bob Dylan drummer Charlie Quintana, Brent Harding (upright and electric bass). Ness and the band played at Woodstock '99. Childhood friend, and founding member of Social Distortion, guitarist Dennis Danell died on February 29, 2000 at 38 due to a brain aneurysm. Ness was devastated, stating "I am saddened beyond any possible form of expression. Dennis and I have been friends since boyhood, starting Social Distortion together while we were in high school. My deepest regrets to his family." The band went back to work in June 2000 on the album, Sex, Love and Rock 'n' Roll. Many of the songs on this new album are dedicated to Danell, such as "Don't Take Me For Granted", "Reach for the Sky" and "Angel's Wings" (At an October 2010 concert in New York City Ness dedicated "Don't Take Me For Granted" to Joey Ramone).
    In 1999, Mike Ness acted in the film, Frezno Smooth, playing a fictional version of himself in the film.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1986
    Ness performed in the band Easter from 1986–1988 and appeared in the music video for the songs "Slipping Away" and "Lights Out".
    More Details Hide Details In 1989, Social Distortion signed a deal with Epic Records and released three albums with that label: Social Distortion (1990), Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell (1992) and White Light, White Heat, White Trash (1996). The band left Epic Records after White Light, White Heat, White Trash (1996) and Ness formed Time Bomb Recordings, releasing Mainliner: Wreckage From the Past (a collection of old recordings and singles that were done in the early '80s), a re-issue of the long out of print Mommy's Little Monster, along with a re-issue of their second album Prison Bound, and Live at the Roxy (1998). Ness married his wife, Christine Marie, in the late 1990s and they have two sons, Julian (born in 1992) and Johnny, Mike's stepson, (born in 1997).
  • 1983
    He once used a non-reverse Gibson Firebird, as seen on the back cover of Social Distortion's 1983 debut Mommy's Little Monster.
    More Details Hide Details In an interview with Guitar.com Ness said: ""The guitar that I write on is a 1940 Gibson J-45. I have three of them – I searched high and low for them. I had a 1940 Martin D-18 that I sold last year; I’m just a Gibson guy. I gravitate to the Gibson J-45 every time I write. It’s a balladeer’s guitar". Ness also plays a 1939 Gibson J-35, that he says " very rarely leaves the house ". Ness uses Fender Bassman amps modified by Fred Taccone of Divided by 13 through Marshall 4x10 slant cabs with Celestion 30-watt speakers. Most of his touring amps were modded by Billy Zoom of the band X fame. Billy's mods include a wattage switch to select between 40, 20 or 10 watts, replacing the bass channel with a higher gain channel. The only effect pedal Ness uses live is a Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive pedal, though he has used various delays in the studio.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1978
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Two years later, they released the album Mommy's Little Monster (1983) on 13th Floor Records, which was owned by Monk Rock, their manager at the time. Ness was featured in the independent film Another State of Mind, which chronicled Social Distortion's first cross-country tour with Youth Brigade. It was on the DVD commentary where he claimed to have never had anything to do with the armed forces or religion. This prompted many fans to consider him an atheist, though some of his lyrics seem to indicate otherwise. Five years passed before Social Distortion released their next album, 1988's Prison Bound, on the heels of Ness's recovery from drug addiction. Ness has been sober and clean from heroin since 1985. Furthermore, in the mid-1980s, he briefly was employed as a house painter and assistant speech therapist in an elementary school.
  • OTHER
  • 1962
    Born on April 3, 1962.
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