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Blink-182 is out, Social Distortion is in for Saturday’s Surf Ranch Pro in Lemoore

Mike Ness and Social Distortion will perform at the Surf Ranch Pro, Sept. 8, 2018 in Lemoore, CA. The band replaces Blink-182.
Mike Ness and Social Distortion will perform at the Surf Ranch Pro, Sept. 8, 2018 in Lemoore, CA. The band replaces Blink-182. Invision/Associated Press

It looks like Blink-182 won’t be playing this weekend’s World’s Surf League event at the Surf Ranch in Lemoore, after all.

Instead, SoCal heartland rockers Social Distortion will headline Saturday night’s event, according to the World Surf League, which will honor refund requests through email at ticketing@worldsurfleague.com.

Requests msut be received by 8 a.m. Saturday and include the name and email address of the ticket buyer. Refunds will be processed within 72 hours.

Blink-182 canceled its entire fall tour, which included a headlining spot at Riot Fest in Chicago. The cancellation came at doctor’s orders for drummer Travis Barker, according to a message to fans on Facebook.

“Medical issues have sidelined Travis per doctors’ orders. Trav’s medical team anticipated that he would be well enough by fall to tour but after recent checkups, they were not able to clear him in time for the scheduled run of dates.”

Barker has been suffering medical issues for the past few months.

As a replacement act, Social Distortion seems like a good fit for the surf league’s event in the central San Joaquin Valley, regardless of singer Mike Ness’ recent altercation with a fan in Sacramento. While the band offers a more mature (or less sophomoric) take on punk rock than Blink-182, it did help pioneer the SoCal scene in the ’80s and ’90s and remains popular.

Joshua Tehee: 559-441-6479, @joshuatehee

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