NOFX / Hot Water Music / Fucked Up

NOFX / Hot Water Music / Fucked Up: live in Las Vegaslive in Las Vegas (2010)
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Flying from New York to Las Vegas takes about nine hours with a connecting flight. For a weekend of drinking, gambling and punk rock with the Punknews.org team, it was well worth it. Arriving to the Sunset Station hotel and casino in the afternoon, you could immediately notice an abundance of tattoo.

Flying from New York to Las Vegas takes about nine hours with a connecting flight. For a weekend of drinking, gambling and punk rock with the Punknews.org team, it was well worth it. Arriving to the Sunset Station hotel and casino in the afternoon, you could immediately notice an abundance of tattoos, piercings and band shirts.

After grabbing dinner, we were able to catch the Youth Brigade set. Not knowing any of their material, I wasn't particularly struck by the performance, but it seemed like the people who knew them were enjoying the relatively short set. It being Mother's Day weekend, they did dedicate one song to moms. They also introduced another song saying "This is a fucked up world right now, so I wish our president the best. This one goes out to him."

Fucked Up was next and even though I didn't know any of their material either, I was anticipating a good hardcore set after hearing good things from a friend. I was also forewarned that the lead singer would be getting half-naked and smashing his forehead with the mic until he drew blood. Despite not seeing blood, I wasn't disappointed in the least. The band jumped into the set sounding tight with the lead singer smashing cans of beer on his forehead, bottom end first. The guy was really bringing some awesome energy to the stage and the crowd was pumped within the first song. From watching him on stage, you can tell he's truly stoked to be playing music. By a few songs into the set, his shirt was off and he had smashed a beer bottle over his head. The crowd also helped to spread the energy, with a pit holding up the entire set. One huge guy in particular was parading in a circle with a scepter of taped-together beer cans. The singer kept joining the crowd and the pit, later thanking security for being cool, not kicking them off and even holding up the mic cord through the crowd. Back on stage, the pit king and several others began motioning unsuccessfully for the singer to join the crowd once again. Overall, the set was abundant in energy and enjoyable even for someone who had never heard Fucked Up before. The one song title I was able to catch was "Police." I'll definitely be looking forward to seeing them next time.

Hot Water Music was next. Fuck. Yes. With Punknews sponsoring, I'll call their 15-song set the Orgcore portion of the night. Chuck Ragan and company took the stage a little before 9:00, introducing their new drummer Dave, who was playing his first show with the band. Funny enough, Against Me! was playing the festival with former HWM drummer George Rebelo the very next night. After the introduction, the band went right into opener "A Flight and a Crash." The lineup of the show was one of those where the crowd gets more intense with every next band. HWM was no exception. There was more dancing, more singing, the pit was bigger and people were drunker. There may have been one fight and a few drunken fools during the set, but for the most part, people rushed to pick up any fallen comrades and the crowd was trying to be respectful, appreciating the atmosphere and seemingly the fact that fucking HWM was playing. There was an overall sense of "if you're here singing and dancing with me, you're good people."

Set list:

  1. A Flight and a Crash
  2. Remedy
  3. Trusty Chords
  4. Kill the Night (?)
  5. Wayfarer
  6. Paper Thin
  7. Free Radio Gainesville
  8. The Sense
  9. Alachua
  10. It's Hard to Know

NOFX closed out the night, taking the stage around 10:00. Fat Mike introduced the band, exclaiming "I've been doing cocaine for three weeks...and now I don't even feel like playing!" He then singled out some fans who had brought young (under 10 years old) children with them, describing sex acts out of spite and calling them bad parents. Seriously, though, who would think bringing their kids to a NOFX show would be a good parenting idea? After going through "Seeing Double at the Triple Rock" and "Leave It Alone," Fat Mike warned the crowd "whatever happens in Henderson...ends up on Punknews." Yes, Mike. Yes it does. After dedicating a short version of "Fuck the Kids" to the kids in the crowd, they ripped into a blazing-fast performance of "Linoleum," just like it should be. With the one and only in attendance that weekend, they played "She's Nubs," ending it with "she sure does know how to suck a cock." They played a joke song in the middle of their set in which they literally told jokes back and forth across the stage while they played. "What do you get when you cross a Mexican with an octopus? I don't know, but you should see that fucker pick up strawberries!" "What do you get when you cross a Jew with an octopus? I don't know, but you should see that fucker pick up pennies!" After trading a few more jokes at the risk of sounding racist, they cautioned "Racism is not normally funny."

After announcing a two-minute "encore" break, they took the stage once more, playing "Bob" and an extended version of "Theme from a NOFX Album" to close out the night of punk rock.

  1. Double at the Triple Rock
  2. Leave It Alone
  3. Mattersville
  4. Fuck the Kids
  5. Linoleum
  6. She's Nubs
  7. Eat the Meek
  8. Franco Un-American
  9. joke song
  10. Murder the Government
  11. Don't Call Me White
  12. Reeko
  13. Liza and Louise
  14. The Man I Killed
  15. Bob
  16. extended "Theme from a NOFX Album"


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hello_radio (June 11, 2010)

The 'joke song' heavily referred to is actually a song from the 7" of the month club called 'arming the proletariat with potato guns'. They play it pretty often, just changing the jokes every time.

A little bit of research before writing this review wouldn't have gone a miss.

spec (June 9, 2010)

Wait, your a music journalist? Even bigger fail on your part dipshit.

spec (June 9, 2010)

johngentile-------Your a fuckin idiot. No, he doesn't need to know every "intimate detail" of every band. YB has been around for 30 years and were a huge influence on the West Coast punk scene. Would it hurt to at least check out the bands you are going to see if you are going to write a fucking review for the show?

HKC (June 9, 2010)

your a fucking moron

dreeeamweaver (June 8, 2010)

fucked up is the most overrated band in hardcore.

timorous_me (June 7, 2010)

I totally agree with skankin_in_the_pit. NOFX was a huge disappointment at this show.

johngentile (June 6, 2010)

How dare you write an honest review instead of faking that you know every intimate detail about every single punk rock band (even the moderately and lesser known ones)! You... noob!!!!

I mean, I was born already knowing who Negative Approach, Void, and JFA were.

spec (June 6, 2010)

Jesus Christ, you aren't familair with Youth Brigade!? Epic fucking fail.

KungPowza (June 5, 2010)

NOFX did that whole racist jokes/describing sex acts routine at Warped Tour last summer. Pretty funny though.

ashtraymonument (June 5, 2010)

you missed like 5 songs from the HWM set, according the bootleg I got

Giver, Jack of All Trades, Old Rules, We'll Say Anything We Want, and Better Sense,


misterspike (June 5, 2010)

"I can't believe they played "--" twice. I LOVE that song"

I've seen NOFX several times, and while I've seen them do "The Decline" twice, "--" has always been mysteriously absent. So Lucky.

dX927 (June 4, 2010)

I can't believe they played "--" twice. I LOVE that song

skankin_in_the_pit (June 4, 2010)

Dave Raun from Lagwagon played drums for Hot Water Music.

Teenage Bottlerocket and Fucked Up were both great, and Youth Brigade absolutely killed it. They played all the best songs from the Utters split, those 90s records, and Sink...

I'm not nearly as big of a fan of HWM as most here, but they played a good set. Call me a blasphemer, but I've always dug them live much more than their recorded stuff. NOFX kinda bummed me out. Believe me, I love those dudes and certainly know what to expect at a NOFX show. But spending half the set telling racist and "edgy" descriptions of sex acts wasn't really my thing, and the setlist kinda sucked. FuckYouOiOiOi woulda loved it.

naymtaken (June 4, 2010)

Man i would love to see liza & louise live...and hear the song performed aswell.

maverick (June 4, 2010)

Who's playing drums for HWM now? I'm assuming Dave Wagenshutz, since you said his name was Dave...


chadreligion (June 4, 2010)

Saw Hot Water Music on the "True Bromance" tour w/ The Bouncing Souls years back, and were totally amazing, so I'm sure they were just as good this night(not withstanding the shitty review)
NOFX are always the same, and tell the same jokes over and over....
Fucked Up are amazing live, and I actually saw them the very next night here in SF, and the singer was talking about how Fat Mike went backstage before their encore and did like 3 FAT lines of coke before going back out on stage.

salvation (June 4, 2010)

so is george officially out of hwm, or do they have another guy filling in when he's busy with against me? kinda sucks, i know against me are a way more active band at this point but it sucks if george isn't with them anymore.

TeaEssAre (June 4, 2010)

The reviewer sounds as if he (or she) never went to a show before. "If you were partaking in ant normal fun activities that occur at shows, you were good people"

MaxRenn (June 4, 2010)

Not expecting anyone to be their #1 fan, but if you're a reviewer for PunkNews, shouldn't you be aware of Youth Brigade and Fucked Up's music? They're not exactly obscure bands.

SloaneDaley (June 4, 2010)

This is one goddamn insane punk bill, and I don't even really like NOFX. Lucky bastards.

LeightonESmith (June 4, 2010)

Fat Mike brings the LOLZ yet again. Bonus points for the punknews reference.

aubin (June 4, 2010)

I went to this show! It was a great bill and a crazy turnout. It looked and felt like a late 90s Warped Tour...

cuts_like_drugs (June 4, 2010)

"former HWM drummer George Rebelo" - has he officially left? Gutted if he won't be there for the UK dates later this month.

alpod4 (June 4, 2010)

Fucked Up isn't a gimmick because the lead singer is real. if you ever saw them, you'd know. he only takes off his shirt but people say he's half naked because he's got titties. Also, this was a fun ass show. fucked up out-shined HWM IMO

stevenj (June 4, 2010)

Agreed blackjaw, HWM was one of the best shows I've ever been to by far.

swank (June 4, 2010)

Every review of a Fucked Up set I've ever read is 90% "whoa, their singer got all naked and cut himself and smashed things!". Now, out of curiosity, how is that kind of thing any more or less a cheap gimmick than say "They both painted their faces like black and white clowns and sprayed Faygo on the audience while they played!".

Just wondering.

XchinatownX (June 4, 2010)

Score is for Fucked Up. HWM should have stayed broken up.

Blackjaw_ (June 4, 2010)

I've never liked NOFX or Fucked Up, but how in the jesus christ lamb of mary god son of satan Jim block the door I think they're trying to get in holy fuck someone do something could you see HOT WATER MUSIC and think "yeah, uh, this was about a 3.5 star show". Christpeppers.

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