On December 12 at the House of Blues in Anaheim, attendees and music fans alike had the honor of seeing both Social Distortion along with Greg Antista & The Lonely Streets, who are a solid act with good catchy songs. Social Distortion are legend, and have created such a loyal following for decades since their inception in Fullerton, CA in ’78. I had the privilege of meeting with Greg Antista and Jorge E. Disguster before the show, and here’s what they had to share.
Tell us what you have planned for tonight.
Greg Antista: We’re going to play a 10-song set. Opening with “Rosalita” off of Under the Neon Heat and closing with “Finally say Goodbye” off Shake, Stomp, and Stumble. In between will be some crowd favorites like “Tijuana Jail” and “U-Haul” (She showed up with the cops in a U-Haul van). Both are fun little snippets of So Cal’s life that seem to be quite relatable for our audiences. Also included in the current set are “Halfway to Whole” and “Feel Alright” which always seem to get the people moving.
Tell us about the members of your group.
Greg Antista: It’s a solid band with Frank Agnew of The Adolescents on guitar, Warren Renfrow of the Cadillac Tramps, and Manic Hispanic on bass. Let’s not forget our old pal Jorge Disguster on the drums.
What was it like to play with Social Distortion?
Jorge Disguster: I’ve been a fan of Social Distortion ever since I can remember, and have seen them live countless times… This has all been a bit surreal in the coolest way ever. From Mike Ness watching our soundcheck and hearing him and Frank Agnew trade stories about the old days in Fullerton! I only wish that Warren could have been there with us, Dave Guilford will be filling in and we would not have been able to do this without him, and also Jonny Two Bags who had a lot to do with getting us on the bill will be missed.
What’s in store for 2023?
Greg Antista: For 2023 we are going to record our 3rd full-length. Plenty of songs are already written, and as always, there will be some last-minute additions in the studio. Good things always happen we roll the tape and see where an idea takes us. That’s how Tijuana Jail came about on the last record.
When Social Distortion hit the stage, Mike dedicated “Playpen” to Greg Antista and Frank Agnew, a song they haven’t played in years. Mike always has some stories to share in between songs on the microphone with his audiences that you can resonate with. Some other classics they performed from their massive 40+ year discography included “Reach for the Sky” off Sex, Love & Rock n Roll, Machine Gun Blues, a Chris Isaac cover of ‘Wicked Game’, and during their encore they ended the night with Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire.” Social Distortion never disappoints. It was a rockin’ way to end 2022.
Looking forward to seeing both of these acts in 2023. Mike Ness has been talking about recording a new album with Social Distortion, and with a new release from Greg Antista & The Lonely Streets that’s two albums to look forward to, and hopefully more concerts together!