Durst in 2008; PC:Wikimedia Commons
While he may have originally done it all for the nookie, Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst admits that he actually wanted a little more, such as a loyal fanbase – or probably just a time machine to head back to the year 2000 before all those pesky indie garage bands struck the final blow on what was that high pedigree era of music known as nu metal.
Durst – who last properly toured with Limp Bizkit here in the States back in 2006 – recently spoke with Kerrang magazine for their August 1st issue in which he candidly admits that he no longer “knows what’s going on in America,” blaming the lack of live shows on the U.S.’s fickle taste in music.
“It’s all about the new catchy thing and that’s always changing,” said Durst. “America is driven by record sales. It’s the home of corporations. We’re just Limp Bizkit, so we don’t know how to do anything but Limp Bizkit.”
While most bands in his predicament tend to evolve and grow their music in order to remain relevant among erratic fans, Durst and Limp Bizkit instead have all but avoided the scene back here in America.
"We don’t play back home,” said Durst. “We’ve boycotted America for many years now. I don’t know, I just don’t wanna go out like that. We did a few radio shows in 2010 for a friend and that was it.”
While younger rockers might not remember a time back when Limp Bizkit was more than just a music magazine punch line, there was actually a moment when these guys could have realistically been ranked among the most popular bands in the world. At least according to MTV, who unabashedly promoted the band to no end around the turn of the century, even hosting an album release party at the Playboy Mansion for the release of their album, Chocolate Starfish and the Hotdog Flavored Water (yes, that happened and that was the album title).
“In 2000, there were 35 million people who connected to this band,” added Durst. “Twelve years later, lots of those people have moved on. We were a moment in time and it’s over.”
With a band name and album titles like that, I doubt any of us will forget them any time soon – whether we want to or not. And just in case a few of you out there want to catch a little piece of what music in the year 2000 had to offer, the band announced last June that they have plans to hit the road later this year with Black Light Burns, although you might not want to hold your breath for that one since there has not been a single word on the trek since the original announcement. At least the world will forever have Hotdog Flavored Water.