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Fat Mike: “we were told that NOFX is not welcome to play ANY big venue in the US”

NOFX at Irving Plaza
NOFX at Irving Plaza in 2016 (more by Mathieu Bredeau)

NOFX have been under fire since making controversial comments on stage about the Route 91 Harvest Music Fest shooting (which they since issued an apology for), and now all upcoming NOFX shows in the US have been cancelled. Fat Mike wrote on Instagram, “Fuck it! I’m not supposed to talk about it, but because of the comments we made in Las Vegas… every NOFX show has been cancelled in the US. We did not drop off the shows…. we were told that NOFX is not welcome to play ANY big venue in the United States. No joke! NOFX has effectively been banned in our own country. This is not our choice, but it is our reality.”

This follows Stone Brewing (who made NOFX’s signature Punk In Drublic beer and sponsored their festival of the same name) cutting ties with the band, and NOFX being removed from a recent edition of their Punk In Drublic festival.

Here’s Fat Mike’s full statement:

Fuck it! I’m not supposed to talk about it, but because of the comments we made in Las Vegas… every NOFX show has been cancelled in the US. We did not drop off the shows…. we were told that NOFX is not welcome to play ANY big venue in the United States. No joke! NOFX has effectively been banned in our own country. This is not our choice, but it is our reality. We are very sorry to our fans, especially the ones in Austin. For now, we are playing in Europe, Mexico, and Canada. The Punk in Drublic Festival is still happening in Europe and other continents. I’m trying my best to bring it back to the US but a lot of people don’t want it to happen. It fuckin sucks! We made a mistake, we apologized, and we gotta suffer the consequences. Maybe it ain’t fair, but whoever said life was. We are just very thankful that our fans are being so supportive. Thanks to all of you!!!!!
See y’all in Slovenia tomorrow!
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