Punk Rock Band NOFX Take Heat Online for Comments About Route 91 Festival Tragedy
Punk rock band NOFX are taking heat online for comments made by their lead singer, Michael John "Fat Mike" Burkett, about the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting. During a concert in Las Vegas, Nev., Burkett joked about the tragedy and the victims.
On Sunday (May 27), NOFX were performing at the Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival in Vegas. The video above, obtained by TMZ, shows the band finishing a song, about which Burkett says, "We played a song about Muslims, and we didn't get shot. Hooray."
"I guess you only get shot in Vegas if you are in a country band," another band member tells him, referencing the Route 91 tragedy. Burkett responds, "[The shooting] sucked, but at least they were country fans and not punk rock fans."
Fifty-eight people were killed and more than 800 people were injured during the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting on Oct. 1, 2017, during which a gunman opened fire on the crowd at the country music festival from the Mandalay Bay hotel. Jason Aldean was a few songs into his festival-closing set when the tragedy took place; the event is the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Taste of Country reports that NOFX are facing outrage on Twitter now that the video of Burkett's comments has started circulating. One Las Vegas radio station's morning show tweeted that they will never support the band again, while a Las Vegas TV news personality tells the band in a tweet, "Go to Hell. Don't come back to Las Vegas."
On Thursday (May 31), NOFX issued an apology for their "s--tty and insensitive" statements. However, they and Burkett's band Me First and the Gimme Gimmes have been axed from the lineup of the upcoming Punk in Drublic Festival, and Stone Brewing, which sponsors the band and manufactures a beer in their honor, has severed ties with the band, the Blast reports. The brewery will not be re-brewing the beer and will donate profits from the remaining stock of the beer to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Foundation; festival organizers, too, plan to donate to a fund for Route 91 victims.
Remembering the Route 91 Harvest Festival Shooting Victims