Social D's Mike Ness Sets Dates For Spring Tour

Social Distortion's Mike Ness has just released his first solo record, "Cheating at Solitaire," which debuted at a respectable number 80 on this week's "Billboard" album chart thanks in large part to his band's grassroots following.

Now the Social D frontman is setting his sights on the road. He's just announced the initial set of dates for his own tour, which is slated to kick off this weekend in Bakersfield, California.

Joining Ness for the spring run will be several of his session musician chums, including Sean Greaves on second guitar, Chris Lawrence on pedal steel, Johnny Rioux on bass, and Charlie Quintana on drums.

In a recent interview with MTV News, Ness talked about how anxious he was to get the folk-based material on the road and described how the solo shows would be different from his concerts with Social Distortion.

"What's neat about this is that I think we'll probably be playing [smaller venues]," Ness said,

"because [the new album] has a different dynamic live. It has just as much energy and just as much angst [as a Social Distortion show], but it'll probably be more like sit-down venues. There'll be more of a performance." [RealVideo]

According to Ness' management, the singer-songwriter will tour the Midwest and West for the next month and is then scheduled to bring his road show to the East Coast in June.

Dates for Mike Ness' spring tour:
  • 4/24 - Bakersfield, CA @ Juarez Hall
  • 4/25 - Ventura, CA @ Ventura Theater
  • 4/26 - S.J. Capistrano, CA @ Coach House
  • 4/27 - S.J. Capistrano, CA @ Coach House
  • 4/29 - San Diego, CA @ 4th & B
  • 4/30 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Cajun House
  • 5/1 - Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues
  • 5/3 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater
  • 5/4 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater
  • 5/5 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater
  • 5/7 - San Francisco, CA @ 7th Note
  • 5/8 - Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theater
  • 5/9

    - Seattle, WA @ King Cat Theater

  • 5/10 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
  • 5/12 - Sacramento, CA @ Crest Theater
  • 5/14 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Tower Theater
  • 5/15 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
  • 5/17 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
  • 5/18 - Chicago, IL @ Park West
  • 5/19 - Milwaukee, WI @ Modjeska Theater
  • 5/21 - Detroit, MI @ TBA
  • 5/22 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
  • 5/23 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's
  • 5/25 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater
  • 5/26 - Greensburg, PA @ Palace Theater
  • 5/27 - Buffalo, NY @ The Tralf
For more on Mike Ness, be sure to check out this week's MTV Online Feature, "Mike Ness Gets His Roots Down".