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LAist contributor Josh Spector reports: For two hours on Sunday night inside the House of Blues, rock 'n roll was everything it's meant to be - raw, dangerous, meaningful, and moving. Veteran So Cal rockers Social Distortion brought more than two decades worth of musicianship, urgency, ups and downs to the stage in an inspiring performance.

With no new album to promote, the band played a good mix of songs from over the course of its lengthy career to a packed house that was clearly familiar with the entire Social Distortion catalog. Sure, hits like "The Story Of My Life" and "Ball and Chain" were met with a roar, but so were nearly all of the band's songs. This hometown crowd was there to see Social Distortion - not just to see a couple Social Distortion songs.

Frontman Mike Ness, dressed in black topcoat and black fedora, took the stage with all the passion and ferocity fans have come to expect from him. Even with his left arm in a sling (due to a skateboarding accident apparently - "This is what happens when a guy gets on a skateboard for the first time in 30 years," he joked to the crowd), Ness still managed to command the stage and lead his tight band.