Tim Hildebrand said he grew up listening to Social Distortion, but somehow missed the fact that punk rock is often political.
The clip lacks a lot of context, and it's a dreaded vertical video. We see Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness beckon someone closer to the stage for a chat. Then Mike yanks off his guitar - during their trademark cover of Johnny Cash's "Ring Of Fire, no less - and leaps into the audience. After throwing some punches Ness returns to the stage to thank his openers and curse this guy while resuming "Ring Of Fire". I can't find a version of the video that isn't beeped. It's all pretty punk rock, but there will probably be consequences for Ness.
This news report fills in some of the gaps of what was originally reported as a performer vs heckler incident. Apparently Mike Ness' made an anti-Trump rant from the stage which Hildebrand did not appreciate. "I stood pretty much with my silent protest with my middle finger up for the next two songs," Hildebrand says.
"I pretty much said I paid for your music, not your politics."
Do you even listen to punk rock, bro?
Either way. Ness, 56, should probably know better. Hildebrand plans to file a police report. And hopefully Ness won't be prison bound for this.
ID: 1531860 This is the bonkers moment a rock band's lead singer jumped into the audience and started punching a heckler. Mike Ness of punk rock band Social Distortion was in the middle of a set at Ace of Spades in Sacramento, California, on July 19 when an intense heckler had clearly caught his eye.
Social Distortion hits House of Blues in Boston on October 5.