Im 31. Wow. That sounds weird when I write it down. I first got into NOFX when i heard White Trash, Two Heebs and a Bean way back in 1997. Since then I’ve seen them X number of times in five different countries, always jumping about, always having a laugh.
Tonight i saw them again in Tokyo, and well, something had changed. It was average. The same old songs. The same old jokes. This is a band that doesn’t have to try any more. And, quite frankly, they don’t. This was punk rock karaoke. With a £40 price tag.
For me, the best part about tonight was hanging about outside the venue before and after the show. I drank beers with Old Man Markley, ate katsu kare with a Japanese punk band and wondered if maybe I’m past the whole “going to gigs” thing. Sounds sad I know, but my old band mate and good friend Baron touched on this last year. I reckon I’m in agreement. You can read his post here.
Maybe the tide will change. But for now, NOFX: So Long and Thanks for All the Shoes…
Song of the night? From Old Man Markley. And it wasn’t even their song.