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Darius Looks at the Limp Bizkit Reunion

8 April 2009 13 Comments

By: Darius

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The original lineup of Limp Bizkit has reunited and is going on tour this summer. The tour is called “Unicorns N’ Rainbows” and is primarily festival dates overseas. There has yet to be a domestic date announced. Lead singer Fred Durst, in a statement made on some terrible MTV show, remarked,

“We decided we were more disgusted and bored with the state of heavy popular music than we were with each other. Regardless of where our separate paths have taken us, we recognize there is a powerful and unique energy with this particular group of people we have not found anywhere else. This is why Limp Bizkit is back.”

Mmm, ya whatever. Durst and lead guitarist Wes Borland decided that they can put up with each other for just long enough to pocket some serious cash this year. Limp Bizkit was one of the biggest bands in the world nearly 10 years ago, until Durst’s ego and consistent tabloid headlines proved too much to bear for Borland, who exited the group and began a series of ill-fated projects that never went anywhere. Meanwhile, Durst became public enemy #1 and struggled to maintain the spotlight without the immensely popular Borland in the fold.

Conversely, Borland’s career didn’t fair much better without Durst. He started a few bands that couldn’t take off before landing a record deal with Black Light Burns a couple of years ago. Their debut Cruel Melody was ok, its industrial sounding Halloween rock didn’t exactly make its stamp on metal. I saw the band open for Sevendust last year and they weren’t very good, they struggled to catch the attention of the audience and Borland just seemed out of place in the center of the stage with a microphone in front of his face.

Wes Borland w/ Marilyn Manson

Wes Borland w/ Marilyn Manson

Borland even joined Marilyn Manson for a bit last year, who announced to the press with much gusto that his new lead guitarist “used to be in a really terrible band that he left because he felt that it was a destructive force in art… but now he is in Marilyn Manson.” Had Borland stayed in Manson for longer than a hot minute, it would have at least been interesting and he would’ve been back to his familiar role as kinetic lead guitarist aside the hyper attention-grabbing singer.

Meanwhile, Durst faded from public attention a little later than he should have, but nonetheless, gave us all a break from the seemingly nonstop exploitation of the backwards-cap wearing, rhyme-spittin bad boy caricature that had long worn out its welcome. To Durst’s credit, he didn’t just take a break as much as he flat-out disappeared. Apparently he was working on a movie or something, but the guy never made any noteworthy film appearances other than a ridiculous sex tape that was “stolen” off his computer. Curiously enough, he never came out with a new band, no stupid solo project, no movie roles, nothing. Just gone.

It’s now 2009 and every other extinct band on earth is back together so why not? Durst and Borland kiss and make up, gather the rest of the Bizkit tribe, and we can all watch the drama unfold. I’m not confident that this reunion will result in a new record or increased worldwide fame. I mean, can you imagine seriously rocking out to a song like “Break Stuff” or “Nookie?” I don’t think so. To be fair, I liked both of those songs years ago in High School but they haven’t exactly aged well as the years go by. Just go read the lyrics. However, the band does have a few worthwhile songs that I can bang my head to, notably the riff heavy “Boiler” and their sizzling rendition of the Who’s “Behind Blue Eyes.” I’m totally kidding on that last one; that might be the worst cover ever recorded. What was Durst thinking with that song? And the self-indulgent video where he makes out with Halle Berry the entire time? Terrible.

I gotta be honest, if the reunited Limp Bizkit plays a club nearby, I will probably be there. I won’t rock a backwards red Yankees cap like it’s 1999 but it would be fun to watch and there are definitely a few songs in the Limp Bizkit repertoire worth seeing live. “Boiler”, “Counterfeit”, and “The Truth” are a few that come to mind. Now if I can hear those songs played right after a Durst proclamation of “Now I know y’all be lovin’ this sh*t right here!” than I will truly rejoice.

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  • 5150 said:

    This entry is right on the money. I’ll never get the image out of my head of Fred in the Nookie vid walking down the street like a hardass in that puffy jacket. I’d go check them out live. It’s frustrating that some of their better cuts won’t be played live like The Truth which few people are familiar even exists.

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  • mAAT said:

    Wes borland is a sellout. he’ll do any thing for a buck

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  • Moosey said:

    “And the self-indulgent video where he makes out with Halle Berry the entire time? Terrible. ”
    How do you not see why this is an ingenious idea?

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  • Dennis said:

    Did Wes officially leave Manson?

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  • Andrew Marten (author) said:

    I would like an article written about all the rock for which we can currently thank Fred Durst. I want to know your feelings on Wesley Scantlin et al.

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  • Vinny said:

    Give me something to break!

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  • ArchedIsisByleveling said:

    I hope that was a joke about wanting to know his feelings on Scantlin. I agree with Darius b/c I’d go to the show too if it were at a small club. Everything after the 2nd record was disgraceful.

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  • 5150 said:

    Wes Borland is a bad ass guitar player and was the brains behind Bizkit. Don’t kid yourselves.

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  • godblessya said:

    Yooooooooooou can’t stop themmmmmmmmmm! Why did you waste your time writing this jigga?

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  • serendipity said:

    Wes = Poser. Nuff said. Good article.

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  • 1942 said:

    Loyal reader. Sometimes listener. This article will only resonate if you’re 26-30 years old. If Darius is in an age group other than this I’d be shocked. These are my exact feelings towards a LB reunion – don’t do a record, just play live.

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  • rorshark-is said:

    there tour is selling well and shows have been packed here !! we are loving the limp bizkits reunion big times!

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  • FF99x said:

    They killed at Download by the way. KILLED. Say what you will, they fucking KILLED.

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