NOFX is under fire for comments about Las Vegas bloodbath

NOFX came under fire for comments about the Las Vegas incident.


Veteran punk rock band NOFX came under fire Sunday evening after the group’s frontman of a tasteless joke about the Las Vegas incident.

The band is headlining at Punk Rock Bowling in Las Vegas as lead singer Fat Mike, whose real name is Michael Burkett, was caught on the make of the quote about the October shoot, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

“That was a bummer,” Burkett said of the Route 91 Harvest Festival where the shooting took place. “But they were country fans and not punk rock fans.”



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According to TMZ, another band member added: “I think that you only get a shot in Vegas if you are in a country band.”

The comments elicited groans from the audience, according to the Review-Journal.

Punk Rock Bowling apologized for Burkett’s comments in a statement.

“In the light of NOFX notes during their performance at the Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival, we would like to offer a formal apology to the congregation, the city of Las Vegas, the victims and the families of 10/1,” the organisers said in a statement to the Review-Journal.

“Las Vegas is the home of the Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival, and we do not take the statements of our stage on Sunday night,” she continued. “We take the safety of our visitors seriously and wants to pass that there is nothing funny about people being shot, ever.”

Burkett is no stranger to controversy. Past texts have included jokes about the death of Grateful Dead singer Jerry Garcia and people who live in the so-called Bible Belt.

The massacre at the Route 91 harvest festival left 58 dead and hundreds wounded.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

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