Punk rockers of Australia and New Zealand unite! For the first time in history two of the most influential and enduring punk bands of all time are heading down under together. Fans never thought they would see the day so get ready to tick this off your bucket list as LA heavyweights Social Distortion and Bad Religion team up and hit our shores in February 2023.
The tour will kick off at Trusts Arena in Auckland before it makes it way over to Brisbane’s Riverstage, Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion, Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne’s and closing out their Aussie run at Red Hill Auditorium in Perth.
Traversing multiple and significant line-up changes, internal challenges and tragedies, and the demise of the very Los Angeles hardcore scene that conjured them for over four decades, California mainstays Social Distortion have spent a lifetime honing their uncompromising rootsy, hard-hitting brand of punk since first emerging back in the late 70s.
Following the release of the group’s debut 1983 album Mommy’s Little Monster, Social Distortion‘s transformation from pioneers in the then-fertile L.A hardcore scene into a distinctive sonic force to be reckoned with saw the group become one of the few punk bands to be featured on MTV in its 80s glory days and, over time, branching out to cement their now-trademark blend of punk, blues, country and rockabilly. Currently in possession of seven studio albums, with whispers of an eighth full length release on the horizon, Social Distortion‘s live prowess is overshadowed only by the passion and innovation relentlessly on display onstage, fearlessly helmed by the band’s founder, guitarist and vocalist Mike Ness. This is Social Distortion’s first Australian headline tour ever and their second time coming to Australia in over 40 years so it’s fair to say we may not see them ever again!
Bad Religion have become synonymous with retaining their underground credibility alongside building a staggering punk empire since forming back in the early 80s. Constantly on a journey of evolution and philosophical exploration, Bad Religion‘s storied career, including 17 studio albums and the label as one of the best-selling punk rock bands of all time, has seen the group remain relevant and vital in the hardcore community while welding their trademark sonic foundations with inflections of psychedelia, heavy metal, hard rock and lashings of melody along the way.
With front man and remaining original member Greg Graffin‘s steadfast guidance, Bad Religion have defied the odds and expectations of an ever-changing industry around them, touring the globe armed with an overwhelming back catalogue of material, including fan favourite tracks like American Jesus and 21st Century (Digital Boy). Don’t miss out on seeing Bad Religion next February, their first Australian headline tour in over a decade!
Returning to Australia in 2023 since last appearing down under for Good Things Festival back in 2019, don’t miss some Bad Religion goodness next February.
2023 will undeniably declare punk’s not dead – be sure to catch Social Distortion and Bad Religion live in action when they bring their explosive live shows to a town near you.
Early Bird pre-sale tickets on Sale: Friday 26 August @ 9am local time
WEDNESDAY 15 FEBRUARY 2023 – TRUSTS ARENA, AUCKLAND FRIDAY 17 FEBRUARY 2023 – RIVERSTAGE, BRISBANE SATURDAY 18 FEBRUARY 2023 – HORDERN PAVILION, SYDNEY SUNDAY 19 FEBRUARY 2023 – MARGARET COURT ARENA, MELBOURNE WEDNESDAY 22 FEBRUARY 2023 – RED HILL AUDITORIUM, PERTH