One week after being introduced as a headliner for the 2021 Punk Rock Bowling festival in Las Vegas, NOFX have dropped off the invoice. The band infamously joked onstage in regards to the horrific mass taking pictures on the Route 91 Harvest nation music competition in Vegas just a few years again, and revealed in a brand new assertion that they’ve acquired “hate messages and threats” since final week’s lineup reveal.
NOFX have been considered one of three headliners introduced for Punk Rock Bowling, topping the invoice alongside Circle Jerks and Devo. They’ve been changed on the lineup by legendary punk act Descendents, with NOFX frontman Fats Mike stating, “It’s fairly f**king cool that we’re being changed by a greater band!”
In Might 2018, NOFX made headlines with some crude jokes in regards to the October 2017 mass shooting that killed greater than 50 individuals on the Route 91 Harvest nation music competition. Whereas NOFX have been performing onstage on the 2018 Punk Rock Bowling competition, Fats Mike stated, “We performed a tune about Muslims and we didn’t get shot. Hooray!” To which guitarist Eric Melvin replied, “I assume you solely get shot in Vegas if you’re in a rustic band,” with Fats Mike including, “No less than they have been nation followers and never punk rock followers.”
Evidently, the onstage banter made nationwide headlines, and resulted in NOFX being “canceled” within the months to observe. They have been even faraway from the invoice of their very own Punk in Drublic competition.
Three years later, the subject stays delicate, particularly in Las Vegas, with NOFX acknowledging as a lot in a brand new assertion from Fats Mike explaining why they’re dropping off the 2021 Punk Rock Bowling invoice:
“I’ve been enjoying and bowling at Punk Rock Bowling because the very first one when there have been solely 22 groups. PRB is my favourite time of the 12 months. Like so lots of you, I not solely get to see my favourite bands, however I additionally get to see my punk pals from highschool. This occasion is my reunion, it’s my conference, and it’s my church…. I used to be so f**king excited to play it this 12 months….. however sadly we aren’t going to. NOFX had a gathering this week and determined we shouldn’t play out of respect that wounds are nonetheless therapeutic. There was numerous hate messages and threats as a result of we’re on the invoice, It simply feels mistaken. We all know we stated shitty issues that triggered it, so we get it. Sorry to everybody that wished to see us. It’ll should be in a distinct metropolis. Hopefully we are able to see you all in Vegas when the time’s proper. However not The whole lot Sucks, I talked to Milo yesterday…. And he’s comin! Decendents are taking our spot! It’s fairly f**king 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.”
Punk Rock Bowling takes place September Twenty fourth-Twenty sixth on the Downtown Las Vegas Occasion Heart. Along with the headliners, the invoice boasts dozens of punk and hardcore acts, together with Frank Turner, Streetlight Manifesto, Lunachicks, The Menzingers, Leftover Crack, Gorilla Biscuits, Anti-Flag, Homicide Metropolis Devils, Municipal Waste, The Bronx, The English Beat, The Queers, Youth Brigade, and extra.
The competition was postponed final 12 months because of the pandemic, with lots of the scheduled 2020 artists signing on to play the 2021 fest. Nevertheless, a variety of abroad bands are now not capable of play on account of journey restrictions, main to some vital modifications to the unique 2020 lineup.
NOFX’s full assertion, together with a message from Punk Rock Bowling organizers and a brand new lineup poster, might be seen within the Instagram publish under.