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NOFX To Issue “Honest Apology” For Las Vegas Shooting Remarks, Withdraw From Their Own Festival


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NOFX have issued an initial statement regarding their recent comments made onstage in Las Vegas, where they crassly joked about the victims of the October 2017 Las Vegas, NV concert shooting. During the band’s appearance this past weekend at the ‘Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival‘, members of the band joked from the stage “I guess you only get shot in Vegas if you are in a country band” and also stated “You know that, sucked but at least they were country fans and not punk rock fans.”

The shooting they referred to was the ‘Route 91 Harvest Festival‘ in Las Vegas, NV, which saw an armed gunman open fire on concertgoers attending the festival, killing 58 and injuring over 850 others back in October of 2017. In a post shared via their social media today, May 31st, the band stated:

“I can’t sleep, no one in my band can. What we said in Vegas was shitty 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.”

Meanwhile, both the band and their related outfit Me First And The Gimmie Gimmes have bowed out the ‘Camp Punk In Drublic‘ festival that is to take place at Legend Valley near Columbus, OH this weekend. Descendents will be taking over for NOFX, while The Vandals will perform in place of Me First The Gimme Gimmes.

NOFX‘s Fat Mike is among the festival’s organizers, who also include Synergy Global Entertainment and Brew Ha Ha Productions. The festival issued the below statement on the matter:

Camp Punk In Drublic festival producers have announced that NOFX and Me First And The Gimme Gimmes (featuring Fat Mike) will not be performing at this weekend’s festival at Legend Valley near Columbus, OH.

Descendents have been added to the Saturday festival lineup, replacing NOFX, and The Vandals have been added to the Friday Night Kickoff Party, replacing Me First and the Gimme Gimmes.

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. These statements do not reflect the feelings or views of the Camp Punk In Drublic festival, its staff, and its sponsors.

The festival producers support fans of all music genres and take safety very seriously at all of their events.

Out of respect for Route 91 Harvest Festival victims and their families, Camp Punk In Drublic will make a donation to a fund benefiting those affected by the 2017 tragedy.”

In other news, the band have lost their partnership with Stone Brewing Co., who had been sponsoring the festival in addition to making the band’s own branded beer, Punk In Drublic Hoppy Lager. The brewer commented:

“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.”

Proceeds from the stock of the band’s beer will be donated to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Foundation.

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