NOFX have decided to drop off this year’s Punk Rock Bowling festival, set to take place on September 24th in Las Vegas, NV. After a recent meeting; the group decided it was the right decision to make as “wounds are still healing.” Their decision is based on the band still receiving backlash from their remarks from their 2018 Punk Rock Bowling appearance where their jokes went too far, making humor out of the mass shooting at the 2017’s Rout 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas.
The event organizers issued the following statement:
“We regret to announce that NOFX will no longer be able to perform at Punk Rock Bowling this year due to circumstances beyond our control, but the good news is we have confirmed the Descendents to headline Friday in their place! An email is currently being sent to everyone that bought a FRIDAY ONLY ticket to explain your options. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to still see you in Vegas this September.”
Fat Mike and the group explained:
“I’ve been playing and bowling at Punk Rock Bowling since the very first one when there were only 22 teams. PRB is my favorite time of the year. Like so many of you, I not only get to see my favorite bands, but I also get to see my punk friends from high school. This event is my reunion, it’s my convention, and it’s my church…. I was so fucking excited to play it this year….. but sadly we are not going to. NOFX had a meeting this week and decided we shouldn’t play out of respect that wounds are still healing. There have been a lot of hate messages and threats because we are on the bill, It just feels wrong. We know we said shitty things that caused it, so we get it. Sorry to everyone that wanted to see us. It’ll have to be in a different city. Hopefully we can see you all in Vegas when the time’s right. But not Everything Sucks, I talked to Milo yesterday…. And he’s comin! Decendents are taking our spot! It’s pretty fucking cool that we are being replaced by a better band! I wish I could be there to see ’em.
Actually very sincere,
Fat Mike and NOFX”