Social Distortion's Mike Ness, circa 2009

L.A. punk stalwarts Social Distortion today announced plans for the band’s first tour of South America in its 30-year history — or, more specifically, a short four-date trek that will hit clubs in Brazil and Argentina in late April.

The band — reportedly at work on its seventh album, and first since 2004’s Sex, Love and Rock ‘n’ Roll — will play shows in Sao Paulo, Curitiba and Porto Alegre, Brazil, as well as Buenos Aires, Argentina, between April 17 and 22. (See full tour dates below.)

In a statement posted — fittingly — in English, Spanish and Portuguese on Social D’s website, bandleader Mike Ness said:

“The band and I are really looking forward to our tour of South America. From the overwhelming amount of e-mails we receive from our fans in South America, it’s crazy to think that it’s taken this long for us to come down and tour. We couldn’t be more thrilled to announce that we’re finally making it happen and we look forward to meeting our loyal fans in Brazil and Argentina for the first time. We hope to come home with a few new fans as well!”

The current edition of Social Distortion features Ness backed by guitarist Jonny “2 Bags” Wickersham and bassist Brent Harding, as well as ex-Rocket From the Crypt drummer Adam “Atom” Willard, who replaced Charlie Quintana earlier this year when Quintana left the band following a 10-year stint behind the kit.

UPDATE: South American tour dates have been rescheduled.

See full Social Distortion tour dates after the jump…

Social Distortion tour dates:

April 9: El Teatro Flores, Buenos Aires, Argentina
April 10: El Teatro Flores, Buenos Aires, Argentina
April 11: El Teatro Flores, Buenos Aires, Argentina
April 15: Casa do Gaucho, Porto Alegre, Brazil
April 16: Circo Voador, Rio de Janiero, Brazil
April 17: Via Funchal, Sao Pablo, Brazil
April 18: Curitiba Master Hall, Curitiba, Brazil

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