The NOFX backlash has left the band unable to book a big gig anywhere in the United States, according to their singer, Fat Mike.
The frontman took to Instagram Wednesday night to reveal “every NOFX show has been cancelled in the US” and the band has “effectively been banned in our own country.”
The continued fallout comes roughly one month after members of NOFX made a series of insensitive jokes directed at victims of the October 1 shooting at Route 91 Harvest country music festival. Video of the comments, which were made onstage just miles away from the site of the mass shooting, spread on social media and sparked a backlash that cost NOFX’s Punk in Drublic beer manufacturer to cut ties as well as their own music festival.
“… 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,” Mike wrote.
The frontman apologized to their American fans, adding the band is currently only able to play outside the country. He continued, “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.”
While the band’s future in the U.S. is seemingly up in the air, the singer promised fans he’s trying his best “to bring it back to the US but a lot of people don’t want it to happen … We made a mistake, we apologized, and we gotta suffer the consequences.”