Social Distortion’s Mike Ness Reveals Tonsil Cancer Diagnosis

109 musicians predict the 2022 baseball season

109 musicians predict the 2022 baseball season

Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness has been diagnosed with stage 1 tonsil cancer and is expected to make a full recovery from surgery, the singer/guitarist shared in a social media post this morning (June 7).

Ness, 61, said he was diagnosed before Social Distortion entered the studio to record their eighth studio album at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles. “I felt good enough to continue recording in the studio until the day before surgery,” Ness said. “The band and I were so inspired and excited to create these tracks, which, by the way, sound AMAZING!”

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Continuing, Ness said it’s “a day-to-day process and in three weeks we start radiation therapy and that should be the last therapy I need.”

To give Ness time to recuperate, the band postponed their summer tour dates in the Midwest, East Coast and Canada as well as the scheduled early 2024 release of their first album since 2011. Hard times and nursery rhymes. Although it will take a little longer, I promise it will deliver and exceed your expectations,” Ness said.

In late 2022, Social Distortion played a series of West Coast dates, during which he performed several new songs. Earlier this year, Orange County’s leading punk rockers toured Australia and New Zealand with Epitaph label mates Bad Religion.

This year also marks the 40th anniversary of Social Distortion’s debut album, Mama’s little monster. On the band’s website, Ness wrote that “we are working on a special vinyl reissue remastered from the original analog tapes, which will arrive later this fall”.

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