NOFX rock band jokes about Las Vegas mass shooting

Punk rock band NOFX has caused controversy after several of its members made highly insensitive comments about the Route 91 Harvest festival mass shooting that left 58 people dead and 851 injured.

"We played a song about Muslims and we didn't get shot. Hooray,” frontman Fat Mike, whose real name is Michael Burkett, said after finishing a set at the Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival in Las Vegas.

"I guess you only get shot in Vegas if you are in a country band,” another band member responded.

Amid groans from the audience, Fat Mike doubled down.

“At least they were country fans and not punk rock fans."

On Oct. 1, Stephen Paddock fired into the crowd at Jason Aldean’s concert from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, killing dozens in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

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Las Vegas police release new photos of Stephen Paddock's room
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Stephen Paddock's body (center right) and view from sitting area towards the bar/kitchenette.

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Stephen Paddock's body (top left) and view from sitting area towards the bar/kitchenette.

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View from entry of 32-135 towards the sitting area.

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View from sitting area towards the bar / kitchenette.

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View from foyer of room 32-135 towards the sitting area.

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View from sitting area towards master bedroom.

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Interior of room 32-134 from connecting doors.

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Interior of room 32-134 from connecting doors.

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View of the Las Vegas Village from room 32-135.

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Door leading to the stairwell secured by "L" bracket.

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View from 100 hallway towards room 32-135.

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Food Service Cart in hallway with camera.

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Food Service Cart in hallway with camera.

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View of connecting doors between room 32-135 and 32-134.

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Blue plastic hose with snorkel mouthpiece attached.

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Surveillance camera mounted to room door peephole.

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Small sledge hammer.

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Handwritten note with distance/bullet drop calculations.

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Damage to entry door of room 32-135.

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Damage to entry door of room 32-135.

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Desk in master bedroom of 32-135 with SCUBA mask and power hand drill.

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Hallway of room 32-134 with food service cart and laptop connected to cameras.

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Paddock's vehicle.

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Explosive precursors found in Paddock's vehicle.

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Exploding targets found in Paddock's vehicle.

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McCarran International Airport fuel tank with bullet strikes.

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Upper bullet strike.

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Lower bullet strike.

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After the band’s ill-advised remarks, the Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival’s founders attempted to distance themselves from their musical act.

“In light of NOFX’s comments during their performance at the Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival, we would like to offer a formal apology to those in attendance, the City of Las Vegas, the victims and the families of 10/1,” Mark and Shawn Stern said in a statement Wednesday.

“Las Vegas is home to the Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival, and we do not condone the statements made from our stage on Sunday night. We take the safety of our festival goers seriously and want to relay that, there is nothing funny about people being shot and murdered, ever.”

NOFX has not yet commented on the backlash.

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