Sun Kil Moon’s Mark Kozelek Not Apologizing To War On Drugs, Wants To Join Them Onstage At Fillmore

By Alyssa Pereira

This story just keeps getting weirder.

Earlier this month, Mark Kozelek of Sun Kill Moon (who is slated to play both Hardly Strictly Bluegrass this weekend) made headlines when he called the Hopscotch Festival audience at his set “[expletive] hillbillies” before telling them to “shut the [expletive] up.”

Naturally the audience took offense. Kozelek, on the other hand, was so amused by his own remark that he put it on a shirt.

A little over a week after that, Sun Kil Moon was playing Ottawa’s Folk Fest when he complained about the spillover sound coming from The War On Drugs’ set, saying “I hate that beer commercial lead-guitar [expletive]. This next song is called, “The War On Drugs Can Suck My [expletive] Dick.

The War On Drugs, unsurprisingly a bit upset about the comment, took to Twitter to respond that they hoped it was a joke and not actual thrown shade, probably mostly because they booked him to play that very festival, and mocking a band who extended an invite is not a good look—especially on a seasoned musician like Kozelek.

Kozelek, despite some reports, is entirely not at all sorry about his comments, and maintains that the band should have more of a sense of humor about his comments.

Today, he posted on his site a request for an invite to join The War On Drugs onstage at the Fillmore in San Francisco October 6 (the day after his set at HSB) to play a song he so graciously calls, “War On Drugs: Suck My [Expletive]/Sun Kil Moon: Go [Expletive] Yourself”.

Here’s Kozelek’s full letter, which he posted on Sun Kil Moon’s site:


To Pitchfork, Stereogum, and anyone reading this: I did not apologize to “War On Drugs.” I gave them an explanation of the events that lead to my comments. I do not, and will not, apologize for stage banter. I was just letting WOD know that it wasn’t personal.

There is an epidemic of people being ‘offended’ by things as some kind of hobby. Anyone offended by the “H” word needs to be glad their country isn’t being invaded my missiles. Rock-A-Billy is still a genre of music so spare me your whining about “Hillbilly” being offensive.

War On Drugs. Due to all of the fuss, I checked out your live track on Pitchfork, and I called it right. You sound like Don Henley meets John Cougar meets Dire Sraits meets “Born In The USA” era Bruce Springsteen. It’s not a criticism, its an observation.

I challenge War On Drugs to let me join them onstage and play a hilarious song I’ve written called: “War On Drugs: Suck My [Expletive]/Sun Kil Moon: Go [Expletive] Yourself” at the Fillmore, October 6th, provided they let me handle the beer commercial lead guitar.

I don’t have Twitter or Facebook ( I make albums) so if you’re interested in having a laugh with me onstage, contact my publicist Robert Vickers.

-Mark Kozelek

There are surpringly a few resale tickets left to the show, so if you’re looking for some modern rock drama to unfold before your eyes, this may be your shot.


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