Punk Band NOFX Jokes About Country Fans Getting Murdered At Las Vegas Concert

While onstage at a Las Vegas music festival, members of NOFX joked about the murder victims from the mass shooting.

Las Vegas, NV – Veteran punk rock band NOFX has lost both a sponsor and performance opportunities, after the band members joked onstage about the Oct. 1, 2017 Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting that left 58 concertgoers dead, and injured 700 more.

The band’s tasteless jab occurred on May 27, while they were performing at the Punk Rock Bowling music festival in Las Vegas, Billboard reported.

“We played a song about Muslims and we didn’t get shot. Hooray,” NOFX front man Fat Mike told the crowd.

“I guess you only get shot in Vegas if you are in a country band,” guitarist Eric Melvin noted.

“I mean, that sucked. But least they were country fans and not punk rock fans,” Fat Mike replied, as the crowd began to boo. “You were all thinking it!”

Backlash over the offensive comments was immediate.

“In light of NOFX’s comments during their performance at the Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival, we would like to offer a formal apology to those in attendance, the city of Las Vegas, the victims and the families of 10/1,” Punk Rock Bowling founders Mark and Shawn Stern told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

“We do not condone the statement made from our stage on Sunday night,” the founders added. “We take the safety of our festivalgoers seriously and want to relay that there is nothing funny about people being shot and murdered. Ever.”

By Wednesday, Stone Brewing announced that they were severing all of their dealings with NOFX.

“We at Stone Brewing are aware of NOFX’s insensitive and indefensible statements this past weekend. As a result, we are severing all our ties with NOFX, including festival sponsorship and the production of our collaboration beer,” the company said in a statement, according to KTNV.

Stone Brewing noted that punk rock represents “standing up for things you believe in,” and a commitment to doing what is right.

“It is for that reason that Stone Brewing is immediately disassociating ourselves from the band NOFX,” the company said. “Stone had a sponsorship deal for this summer’s Punk in Drublic festivals. Emphasis 'had.' That sponsorship is now canceled.”

Stone Brewing said that NOFX would not receive any proceeds from the sale of the collaboration brew, and that no more would be produced.

“Nevertheless, to try our best to make some good come out of these awful comments, we have decided that we will donate all profits of the beer to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Foundation, which provides post Route 91 trauma counseling for officers and other first responders alongside other safety programs, training and funding,” the company said.

On Thursday, organizers of the upcoming Camp Punk in Drublic music festival in Thornville, Ohio also cut ties with NOFX.

Not only will the band not be performing, but the organizers also cut Fat Mike’s other band, Me First and the Gimme Gimmies, from the lineup, according to the festival’s Facebook page.

“While NOFX is known for their dark, uncomfortable humor, the festival producers of Camp Punk in Drublic are shocked and disappointed by the band’s recent statements about the Route 91 Harvest Festival victims and country music fans,” the festival’s organizers said in a statement, according to Pitchfork. “These statements do not reflect the feelings or views of the Camp Punk in Drublic festival, its staff, or its sponsors.”

The festival said they also planned to make a donation to “a fund benefiting those affected by the 2017 tragedy.”

The band issued a statement on their social media accounts on Thursday, and said they would be preparing a formal, extensive apology.

“I can’t sleep, no one in my band can,” the post read. “What we said in Vegas was s----y and insensitive and we are all embarrassed by our remarks. So we decided we will all get together to discuss and write an in depth, sincere, and honest apology because that’s what the people we offended and hurt deserve.”

Comments (27)
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61mouse
61mouse

They are only sorry because they are loosing sponsors

Ozzie1
Ozzie1

Way to go “Stone Brewing” I don’t even drink beer but if I ever do I will give yours a try!

Rhonni13
Rhonni13

Teach them a lesson! Whose laughing now.

nenasmiller
nenasmiller

People constantly step over that line verbally. I get freedom of speech but people constantly go too far. There are so many instances when people should just keep their mouths shut and not talk.

RunCop
RunCop

Punks!

Propolice
Propolice

Glad to hear they are being dropped by Sponsors. Punk is a perfect word for the lot of them!

Caprice56
Caprice56

That is beyond freedom of speech! It is hateful, disgusting and disrespectful to the people who lost loved ones. 61mouse is right! They are only sorry because of what the monetary cost is gong to be for them. Not only your band, but extensions of our brand hav not been penalized for your crude behavior. You deserve all the blowback coming your way! It has only begun! No one will ever even remember who you were.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Snowflakes everyone on the political spectrum, I guess. I wonder whether stricter federal gun control laws could have prevented the 2017 shooting tragedy in Las Vegas and also thereby pre-empted this new affront caused by punk rock band NOFX.

Gipsygirl
Gipsygirl

Why even bother apologizing. They said it, had a freaking conversation about it even. What they said, they meant. And they deserve to lose their careers so I'm hoping this festival removing them from the lineup is just the beginning.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

It was a bad joke, why is everyone's drawers so tight?

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I think it stems from them having an instinctive aversion against NOFX. If Alan Jackson had made a similar quip about Eagles Of Death Metal fans at a Paris show, no one here would bat an eye. The best NOFX song I know is "The Decline." Some lyrics from that:

Add the Bill of Rights, subtract the wrongs There's no answers Memorize and sing star spangled songs When the questions Aren't ever asked Is anybody learning from the past? We're living in united stagnation . . . The Christians love their guns The church and NRA Pray for their salvations Prey on the lower faiths

John.Brown
John.Brown

The "instinctive aversion" is that nobody knows who the fuck they are. It appears they have been around for 35 years and have never been signed by a major label.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I know who they are. Have a couple NOFX records and a couple Me First and The Gimme Gimmes records. I am surprised that you didn't know who they were, John.Brown. You always seemed like a pretty "with-it" gentleman.

John.Brown
John.Brown

Within 3 seconds after your posts, I can name punk rockers like The Clash, Iggy Pop, The Ramones, Blondie, Green Day, etc. I grew up on punk rock and still have never heard of them.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Well, NOFX certainly isn't my favorite, just pretty good -- respectable. If you want to go to a good punk show then I would recommend the Descendents 2018 tourage this fall.

K9smatter
K9smatter

@burgersallday..I an SO SICK of your broken record, canned reply!! I wonder if stricter federal birth control laws would have prevented YOU!!! I can only dream! 🤗😃

Tlaw
Tlaw

Yeah...!! They’re real sorry now that this is affecting the old pocketbook..! 😂😂. Pieces of 💩

Tlaw
Tlaw

Oh and by the way burger boy, Alan Jackson would never be that insensitive or stupid....

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Cheating on your wife is more insensitive than what NOFX said.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Why am I not surprised you know who they are, I am sure you get a lot of music listening done in your parents basement while smearing grease all over your t-shirt, chubby bastard.

John.Brown
John.Brown

Bugger, don't you have a BronyCon to go to this weekend?

nomorecommonsense
nomorecommonsense

It's amazing how quickly one troll can turn people who are here to voice their opinions, hopefully respectfully, into childish, name-calling imbeciles. Grow up.

nomorecommonsense
nomorecommonsense

Really? After all the times I've seen you reply to our friend LCD, you think I'm a troll for stating the obivious? You just lump your two cents right there with the rest of them. Thank god we live in a country where it's your right to make yourself look like a fool.

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

How in the world in the first place would you think that saying this would be OK!!! They are only apologizing because they are losing sponsors and gigs...Assholes!!!

ChrisBlue
ChrisBlue

Never heard of them

calihairdresser
calihairdresser

Well considering their own fans didn't like his attempt at a joke it doesn't seem inappropriate for their sponsors to react the way they did. It was a pretty stupid joke. Now , I actually have family that was at the Route 91 Mass Murder. That's what it was Mass Murder with such powerful weapons that the wounds were the same as what are seen in War. A quote from a Military surgeon that had to be flown in to handle the wounds. Shredded flesh, explosive exit and entry wounds ,violence that everyday people don't see. My family member held a bleeding woman hiding behind table ,a glance to their side grabbing at a man to help him get to cover and his head exploded from a shot ( they guessed it was a shot at the time, not ever seeing a gun fired on people ) My family member opened their home in Vegas to strangers who couldn't get to their cars, to their stuff ( in a crime scene),weren't well enough to fly home. This man who thought Route 91 was an appropriate event for a joke while he's on a stage in Las Vegas is a possible man/boy like a 12 year old ,no concept of empathy, of the reality of events or what it means to have a crazy dude shoot up your family and friends while you enjoy music, whatever kind of music. It was just a stupid thing to say, cause ultimately all large venues are a target these days ,he just hasn't learned that yet? Route 91 is no joke