NOFX have pulled out of the Punk Rock Bowling Competition in Las Vegas out of respect for the victims of the 2017 mass capturing within the metropolis, which the band joked about on stage throughout a gig there in 2018.
“I used to be so f—ing excited to play it this yr,” NOFX stated in an announcement posted on the festival’s website on Monday. “However sadly we aren’t going to. NOFX had a gathering this week and determined we should not play out of respect that wounds are nonetheless therapeutic.”
The punk rockers, recognized for his or her darkish and crass humor, confronted criticism in 2018 after they joked concerning the Route 91 Harvest Competition bloodbath in Las Vegas, the place 58 individuals died and greater than 500 individuals had been injured in 2017.
Whereas onstage on the 2018 installment of PRBF, the band joked about not being shot over a music, earlier than saying of the mass capturing, “I imply that sucked however no less than they had been nation followers and never punk rock followers.” They apologized quickly after, saying, “There is no place right here to backpedal. What NOFX stated in Vegas was shameful. We crossed the road of civility. We won’t write songs about how individuals on this world must be extra respectable, once we had been clearly being indecent. Las Vegas has all the time been a welcoming metropolis to our band, and to make mild of the tragedy that occurred there was egregious.”
Additional explaining their choice to drop out of Punk Rock Bowling this yr, the band stated of their assertion, “There was a variety of hate messages and threats as a result of we’re on the invoice, It simply feels improper. We all know we stated s—ty issues that brought about it, so we get it. Sorry to everybody that wished to see us. It’s going to must be in a unique metropolis. Hopefully we will see you all in Vegas when the time’s proper.”
One other punk rock band, Descendents, is taking NOFX’s spot on the high of the invoice on Sept. 24.
“However not Every little thing Sucks, I talked to Milo [Aukerman, Descendents frontman] yesterday…. And he is comin! Decendents are taking our spot! It is fairly f—ing cool that we’re being changed by a greater band! I want I might be there to see ’em. Truly very honest, Fats Mike and NOFX,” their assertion concluded.
The competition introduced it will e mail Friday-only ticketholders to elucidate their choices following the line-up change.
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