NOFX dropped from central Ohio music festival after comments about Las Vegas shooting

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THORNVILLE, OH (WCMH) — Punk band NOFX were scheduled to headline a beer and music festival at Legend Valley Music Center, but have been pulled from the lineup after making insensitive jokes about a mass shooting.

Billboard Magazine reports that while at another music festival in Las Vegas, the band made jokes about the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting in Vegas last year. A gunman opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers, killing 58 people and injuring dozens. 

Radio station X1075 DJs Dave Farra and Jason Mahoney posted video of the band’s comments to Twitter. The band had just finished a song when lead singer Fat Mike and guitarist Eric Melvin started talking.

“You play a song about Muslims, you’re going to get shot.” Fat Mike says.

“Man, I’d say, getting shot in Vegas…I mean, if you’re in a country band,” Melvin replies.

“You know, if — I mean, that sucked, but at least they were country fans and not punk rock fans,” Fat Mike says. 

NOFX was scheduled to play the Camp Punk in Drublic Festival at Legend Valley Music Center this weekend; the festival announced the band will not be playing.  They have been replaced by Descendants on Saturday. Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, which features Fat Mike, was scheduled to play Friday and will be replaced by The Vandals. 

“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,” festival organizers said on Facebook. “These statements do not reflect the feelings or views of the Camp Punk In Drublic festival, its staff, and its sponsors.”

Festival organizers said they will make a donation to a fund benefiting those affected by the tragedy.

Stone Brewing has also severed all business and sponsorship ties with NOFX. The brewery was a part sponsor of Punk in Drublic. 

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