I'll never forget the moment I got my hands on the very first 'Punk-O-Rama' cassette tape from my local record store. I was blown away by the sounds I was hearing. Bands like Pennywise, Bad Religion, and The Offspring became favorites of mine from the songs I heard on that sampler. One band, though, that I've been following since that day is NOFX. I have almost all of their music, I've seen them live multiple times, interviewed them for radio stations and have always respected their passion for what they do and to follow their hearts. NOFX is a very opinionated band, but they crossed the line at a recent performance in Las Vegas.
While performing at the annual Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival in Las Vegas, the band's frontman, Fat Mike, said, "We played a song about Muslims and we didn't get shot. Hooray." Another band member then came in saying, "I guess you only get shot in Vegas if you are in a country band."
But that was not all. One member then said, "That [massacre] sucked, but at least they were country fans and no punk rock fans." It was clear that the audience was disgusted with the joke, but Fat Mike shot back, "You were all thinking it."
This story breaks my heart in so many ways. Not only did they disrespect those who were lost in that terrible Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting, but they also disrespected the country community...a community that I've called home for the last 10 years. I'm so torn by it because this is who they are. They are a band that says things that other people might be afraid to say. But no one was thinking what they said. It was tasteless and wrong on so many levels.