Concert Reviews

NOFX at Fillmore Auditorium, 12/7/12

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Beginning with "60%" and closing with "Kill All the White Man" -- twenty-three songs in all with only a brief break after the nineteenth song, "The Quitter" -- NOFX probably didn't exactly map out the dynamics of the show, but the flow seemed well chosen. But then again, when you've been at it for nearly three decades, you probably don't need strict planning except to make sure you can play the songs before going on tour or taking time out during tour to refresh. Last night, the guys made it look like they kind of rolled off the bus and made things up as they went along, and that made for a far more fun show.

NOFX it all seem easy. And as noted, this allowed for some inspired between song banter. Before "Mattersville," Fat Mike asked people in the balcony stage right if they had paid more money for the privilege of sitting there. Then he referred to them as the "one percent" and then let everyone on the floor know they were part of "steerage." Then he admitted that the band was part of the one percent too. After that he either got shocked by the mic or got bumped somehow and said, "Ow! That's my penance."

Between "Eat the Meek" and "Ronnie & Mags," Mike observed that it was amazing he hadn't been hit with a single shoe that night so far, seven songs in. Then he teased the crowd about throwing Nike's and flip flops and not wearing combat boots to the punk show. Hefe told him he was angry and maybe he was on pills. To which Mike quipped, "I'm not on pills; I'm on PiL."

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.