As a number of outlets report, the first comprehensive punk rock museum is to open in Las Vegas. The project will be led by Fat Mike, the bassist and lead vocalist of hardcore legends NOFX.
According to Spin Magazine, 12,000 square feet of galleries will open on January 13th, 2023.
The collection already includes Devo’s energy dome helmets, Debbie Harry’s Vultures shirt, Sum 41’s bright green chainsaw from their Does This Look Infected? tours, FEAR’s saxophone, the acoustic guitar that Rise Against used to write their first songs, and more.
Announcing the project, Fat Mike noted, “We want people to come from Indonesia and see the flier of their band on the wall,” he said. “You know how proud they would feel? I want anyone in a punk band around the world to have that opportunity.”
The Punk Rock Museum also has in its collection a leather jacket Sab Grey wore in Iron Cross, a band that, despite protestations that they “hate Nazis,” is nevertheless named after an award with Nazi connotations, which led to them developing a large skinhead following. There are other punk acts with much closer ties to hate groups, and the Punk Rock Museum will have to wrestle with how to display their artifacts.
Fat Mike said he hopes to build a “church of punk rock,” with the help of a 10-person “punk-rock collective.” This includes investors in the museum such as Tony Hawk, Foo Fighters’ Pat Smear, Bad Religion’s Brett Gurewitz, and Vans Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman.
CULTURE (counter, pop, and otherwise) and the people who shape it.