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Social Distortion’s vocalist Mike Ness is diagnosed with cancer

Mike Ness

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Social Distortion’s vocalist Mike Ness is diagnosed with cancer

The American Punk Rock band Social Distortion announced that their vocalist and guitarist Mike Ness was diagnosed with stage one tonsil cancer and was the group was forced to postpone their scheduled tour dates.


The musician discovered the disease in the middle of the pre-produciton of their upcoming studio album. The group was formed in Fullerton, California in 1978 and released 7 studio albums, the most famous ones being released in the 90s, which had hits like “Bad Luck”, “Story Of My Life”, “I Was Wrong” and their version for Johnny Cash’s “Ring Of Fire”.

The group is currently formed by Mike Ness (Vocals and guitar – Since 1978), Jonny “2 Bags” Wickersham (Guitar – Since 2000), Brent Harding (Bass – Since 2005) and David Hidalgo Jr. (Since 2010).

Read the statement released by Social Distortion’s vocalist Mike Ness:

“We think that life is going to go according to our plan, but it has a way of saying ‘I don’t think so!’ In the midst of pre-production, I was diagnosed with stage one tonsil cancer. I was feeling well enough to continue with recording in the studio up until the very day before surgery. The band and I were so inspired and excited to lay down these tracks, which by the way sound f-ing AWESOME!”

“The recovery from surgery is a day-by-day process and in three weeks we start radiation and that should be the last therapy I need. The team of doctors are certain that once finished with this course, I will be able to start the healing and recovery process. We expect a full recovery enabling me to live a long and productive life.”

Ness continued:

“It breaks my heart to postpone the Summer Tour, and this album release, but time is required to heal. I can’t thank our loyal fans enough who have been waiting so patiently for this. While it will take a little longer-I promise you that it will be delivered and it will exceed your expectations.”

“I want you all to know that this has opened my eyes to a whole new struggle. I know it’s one that many of you or your loved ones have personally endured, and my heart goes out to you-because I now know what it’s like from this heavy experience.”

“I’m surrounded by love and support from my friends and family ESPECIALLY my lovely wife and incredible boys (oh and don’t forget my 3 dogs and kitty) THANK YOU ALL in advance to our unbelievable fans for YOUR love and support right now. We WILL get through this….,” Mike Ness said.

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