Published: Fri, August 17, 2018

‘Social Distortion’ punk band frontman attacks Trump supporter during live show

‘Social Distortion’ punk band frontman attacks Trump supporter during live show

Right now, police in Sacramento are investigating Mike Ness, longtime frontman for the legendary California punk band Social Distortion, for punching a showgoer at a gig at Ace Of Spades last month. Hildebrand says he grew up listening to the band's music and was excited to attend one of their shows, but never thought he'd leave bloody and bruised at the hands of a famous musician.

"Someone that has the status that he does shouldn't get away with assaulting someone", Hildebrand said, and revealed that he'd also be willing to have a face-to-face chat with the man who reportedly beat him up. It has been reported that Hildebrand left the show with two black eyes, a busted lip, a concussion and a almost knocked out tooth. In response, Hildebrand said, he protested by holding up his middle finger. Telling the network affiliate, Hildebrand said, "I pretty much said, I pay for your music, not your politics".

According to Hildebrand, things heated up as Ness made motions for him to come to the stage, and allegedly spat in his face.

But Hildebrand said the concert had turned political shortly before the attack.

Hildebrand said he has always been a fan of the band's music and was excited about attending one of their concerts in July - until he left one with a bloody nose.


"[He] [t] akes his guitar off, jumps off the stage and proceeds to punch me multiple times in the head", Hildebrand said.

Social Distortion have yet to make a statement about the accusation.

But Mauldin also noted that controversy is part of the punk rock culture. It is, admittedly, generally bad form for musicians to leave the stage mid-show to attack the people who paid to see them.

Edward Macaulay, a public information officer for the Sacramento Police Department, confirmed to Variety on Thursday that the department is "aware" of the incident and was looking into the allegations.

"If he wants to have a talk someday, man to man, I would love that but he would have to not be a child about it", Hildebrand said. The band at this time has not commented on the incident.

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