Fight Said Fred
Limp Bizkit have been back in the headlines, reminding us what they do best. Playing great shows? Releasing records? Not quite. Stirring up shit? Making enemies? That’s more like it.
In November 2002, Durst finally settled a lawsuit with lighting technician Connie Paulson, after she claimed he threw a microphone at her “with no provocation” during the Anger Management tour in 2000. Paulson claimed to have lost a tooth and suffered a broken nose and two black eyes. But of course, those were the days of Angry Fred, not Cuddly Fred.
Durst revealed his caring, sensitive side once again in February 2003 by dissing former Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland. After failing in a sustained bid to woo Wes back into the band, Fred claimed that he used to tell the guitarist exactly what to play on every track. But Borland’s loss may prove more significant that Fred realises.
For a fan of leftfield sound who was “very, very obsessed with Radiohead“, Wes might have provided Limp Bizkit with an escape route from the increasingly graceless and barrel-scraping kingdom of nu-metal. As ‘Results May Vary’ is the first Wes-free Bizkit album, now is the crunch time. But Limp’s comeback single ‘Eat You Alive’ is a lumpen waltz that contains none of the pop smarts of Fred’s defining records.
Indeed, if Limp Bizkit’s summer comeback shows in the US are any kind of measure, they may already have lost it. Playing Hawthorne Raceway in Chicago with Metallica in July, the nu-metal titans fled the stage early after being pelted with rubbish and chants of “Fuck Fred Durst”. The Bizkit singer stayed on the mic, winding up the 40,000 crowd, calling them “fucking pussies”, insulting local sports teams and making homophobic remarks. Cuddly Fred in full effect.
On a recent web posting, Durst hyped up Bizkit’s long-awaited UK gigs. “Europe here we come. Get your knickers and pints ready. Time to rock the fucking house! No holds barred! Let it loose and bring it on.”
But careers built on hate-filled hype and bad blood can often be destroyed by the same dark forces. The Russel Crowe of rock may live to regret those words. Stephen Dalton