You’ve gotta hand it to Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst, he at least seems to have a little bit of self-awareness. In an interview on Tuesday with Spin, he states that he’s “lucky to be standing on the mountain; no reason to be standing on top of it.” That’s a good way to describe the band’s place in music in 2013. Big enough to be interviewed by Spin, even though they’re only a digital publication now and headlining the 1,600-capacity House of Blues in Dallas instead of the arenas they toured in their late ’90s/early 2000s heyday. Yet when asked about who shows up at Bizkit shows, Durst said the following:
Almost half the audience is younger people. I’m so surprised at how many teenagers are here. It’s really interesting. How they’re discovering it, I don’t know. It could be because people tell them they’re not supposed to like it, or their parents grew up liking it. Something is bringing on a younger audience where we are creating a first-time experience and it’s part of a coming-of-age. Will we be able to perform for them when they’re parents? No. There comes a point where I don’t know how dumb I’m gonna look up there singing “Nookie.”
While there are definitely some people out there doing some questionable parenting if a younger audience is stopping by a Bizkit show. However, Durst again claims, as he has before, that Limp Bizkit continue to be misunderstood. He says the band is playing it straight, “like a crazy character in a film that you love or an actor who plays the character so good that hey’s that guy, no matter what he does.” The interviewer also misunderstands the meaning of the band’s signature song, giving Durst the opportunity to explain that it’s about remaining in a relationship for sex, as if people didn’t already know that.
Limp Bizkit’s first album for Cash Money, the long-in-the-works Stampede of the Disco Elephants, is allegedly coming out later this year.