NOFX, set to headline the 2021 Punk Rock Bowling festival in Las Vegas, has dropped off the bill, citing "wounds that are still healing," an apparent reference to the continued backlash over comments the SoCal band made regarding the October 1, 2017 mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip.
"NOFX had a meeting this week and decided we shouldn’t play out of respect that wounds are still healing," the band said in a May 3 statement signed by founding vocalist/bassist Fat Mike and NOFX. "There has been a lot of hate messages and threats because we are on the bill, It just feels wrong. We know we said sh*tty 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."
During their performance at Punk Rock Bowling's May 2018 edition, Fat Mike said, among others things, "At least they were country fans and not punk rock fans." Following the festival, NOFX and Punk Rock Bowling organizers both issued apologies over the incident.
NOFX, which had been scheduled to headline Day 1 of the September 24-26 event at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, has been replaced on the bill by the Descendents. "It’s pretty f*cking cool that we are being replaced by a better band! I wish I could be there to see 'em," NOFX's statement concluded.
Circle Jerks and Devo are scheduled to headline Days 2 and 3, respectively. The rest of the bill includes Frank Turner, The Menzingers, The Lawrence Arms, Streetlight Manifesto, Leftover Crack, Gorilla Biscuits, Lunachicks, Murder City Devils and All, among others.
Single-day tickets are on sale through Punk Rock Bowling's website for $70 plus taxes and fees.