Concert Reviews

NOFX at Fillmore Auditorium, 12/7/12

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Before "Herojuana," Mike was on a bit of a tear again and had the stones to tell us, "Your altitude sucks and your drugs suck." While some probably actually took him completely seriously and got mad, most laughed. After the song, Mike said, "You hit Jefe with a shoe, so that means we'll play 'Bob,' but not 'I'm an Alcoholic.'" Jefe, not to be outdone, said, "If you want to get the song back, you have to hit Melvin." Someone then winged Fat Mike's bass with a shoe and the sound reverberated through the speakers briefly, and that seemed to make him chuckle. Of course Melvin sang "Stickin' In My Eye" next, after which Mike told him, "You're the Barney Rubble of singing."

During "Arming the Proletariat With Potato Guns," apparently some guys must've been working themselves up real good in the pit because after the song, Mike pointed them out and said, "Thank you guys for slam dancing so much. You look tired. You look old and tired." Then jokes about the band's own age ensued before the guys got back to the music and played two songs from Ribbed, "Showerdays" and "El Lay."

After the break, the band came back on, and it turned out Jefe's guitar was not making sound, and so while he figured out what was wrong, the rest of the band teased some Journey with the riff from "Don't Stop Believin'." The guitar issues got solved relatively quickly, and the guys went into "The Separation of Church and Skate."

There wasn't too much joking at the end of the set. And one of the band's most sonically interesting, and drivingly dynamic songs in its catalog came second to last with "Cell Out." Afterward, Mike made a sincere thanks to everyone for still coming out to see the band. People laughed, but you could tell he wasn't just saying it out of habit. People expect sarcasm and joking with Mike, and understandably so, but you could tell he wasn't pandering. Going out with the "Kill All the White Man" with the mellow, reggae first half and the fast and furious punk rock second half was a great way to end a thoroughly enjoyable show.

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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.