Article by Bryan Howard
August 15, 2018
On July 15th, Social Distortion was holding a concert in Sacramento, Where things became a true Social Distortion.
Mike Ness the lead singer of the band started on an anti-Trump and anti-America rant during the concert. This was not received well from Tim Hildebrand “Republican Farmer”. Hildebrand took offense, according to CBS Local Sacramento.
“I stood pretty much with my silent protest with my middle finger up for the next two songs.”
Ness didn’t like that and in the video, you can see him motion Hildebrand to the stage, where the singer spits in his face. Hildebrand says the two were yelling at each other when Ness lunged toward him.
He said he told Ness, “I pretty much said I paid for your music, not your politics.” Then Ness “takes his guitar off, jumps off the stage and proceeds to punch me multiple times in the head,” Hildebrand said.
Tim Hildebrand the lifelong fan of Social Distortion was dragged out by security, but plans on pressing charges against Mike Ness. “Someone that has the status that he does shouldn’t get away with assaulting someone.”
Tim Hildebrand received injuries, suffered two black eyes, a split lip, a concussion, and some loose teeth. And he says other fans of the band took part, too.
“I wasn’t able to defend myself because people in the crowd were holding me back.”