Punk rock icons Social Distortion postpone their Summer Tour, and album release, to give Mike time to recover.
In a heartfelt statement made yesterday, Mike Ness, the frontman of the iconic punk rock band Social Distortion, shared the news of his battle with tonsil cancer. The revelation was made public through a post on the band’s official website, where Ness expressed his gratitude for the unwavering support from fans and loved ones.
In the statement, Ness described the diagnosis as “a life-changing moment” but emphasised his determination to fight the disease and expressed his appreciation for the support he has received. “I am focused on the path ahead and am lucky to have the support of my family, friends, band, and all of you,” he wrote.
Ness went on to explain that his treatment for tonsil cancer began in January, and since then, he has been committed to fighting the disease and maintaining a positive outlook. “I am working closely with my doctors and following their advice and treatment plan,” Ness shared. “I remain hopeful and optimistic for a full recovery.”
Mike also announced the postponement of the band’s summer tour, and their new album release, as he requires time 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.”
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The punk rock community has quickly rallied around Ness, with countless fans and fellow musicians sending their love and support. The outpouring of encouragement is a testament to Social Distortion’s impact on the punk scene over the past four decades.
Despite the challenges Ness is facing, he remains committed to Social Distortion and their fans. “I look forward to seeing you all again soon at a Social Distortion show,” Ness said.
We, at Punktuation Mag send our thoughts and support to Mike Ness and his family during this difficult time and wish him a speedy recovery.
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