AceShowbiz - Punk band NOFX have been dropped from their own festival after upsetting producers with a bad taste joke about the Route 91 massacre.
The band's frontman 'Fat Mike' Burkett has apologised for ill-advised remarks he and guitarist Eric Melvin made during a NOFX gig in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 27, poking fun at the country music fans who lost their lives in the Sin City tragedy last year, October 2017.
A statement from the singer reads: "I can't sleep, no one in my band can. What we said in Vegas was sh**ty and insensitive and we are all embarrassed by our remarks."
He also revealed that he and his bandmates will be releasing an "in-depth, sincere and honest apology".
But it appears that might be too little too late for the organisers of their Punk in Drublic touring festival, who have decided to axe NOFX and Fat Mike's other band, Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, from the line-up at this weekend's (June 01-03) event in Ohio.
"Camp Punk In Drublic festival producers have announced that NOFX and Me First And The Gimme Gimmes (featuring Fat Mike) will not be performing at this weekend's festival at Legend Valley near Columbus, Ohio," a spokesperson for the festival tells The Blast.
The Descendents and The Vandals will replace the two bands.
"While NOFX is known for their dark, uncomfortable humor, the festival producers of Camp Punk In Drublic are shocked and disappointed by the band's recent statements about the Route 91 Harvest Festival victims and country music fans. These statements do not reflect the feelings or views of the Camp Punk In Drublic festival, its staff, and its sponsors," a statement from festival bosses reads.
The punk band has also lost a deal with Stone Brewing bosses, who manufacture the band's signature beer and sponsors the Punk in Drublic festival.
"We respect punk rock, and the DIY ethos for which it stands," a Stone Brewing spokesperson said in a statement. "To us, it means standing up for things you believe in, and fearlessly committing to what's right. And it is for that reason that Stone Brewing is immediately disassociating ourselves from the band NOFX."
Almost 60 people were killed at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in October when a gunman opened fire on the crowd from his hotel room at the Mandalay Bay resort.