Limp Bizkit took to the stage on July 31st at Lollapalooza at Grant Park in Chicago. A man who appeared to be the drummers’ uncle walked on to the stage, mic in hand. The man was frontman and quinquagenarian Fred Durst, looking like a straight up dork. No offense to dorks the world over but fans are not used to seeing a dork fronted Limp Bizkit. Durst wiped his instagram account so that all that was left was his new look and possibly new persona. No one knows what this wigged Durst is all about but he performed the set as a more mature, softer edged Fred, at times dancing with the ASL interpreter at the front of the stage.
With the status of a new Limp Bizkit record is up in the air, including the group debuting the new single “Dad Vibes” during the festival, guitarist Wes Borland had this to say:
“We’ve probably, in the last 10 years, been in the studio to try and complete the record, I wanna say, seven times, to different studios. And we’ve been working on stuff, working on stuff, working on stuff. And Fred has been consistently kind of unsatisfied with where vision is, I guess. So we’ve released singles — like we did ‘Ready To Go’, and we did another single called ‘Endless Slaughter’ that we put out… We probably have 35 songs recorded instrumentally, and he’s done vocals on them and then thrown the vocals away — done vocals and then [gone], ‘Fuck this,’ [and] thrown it away. So I think he’s finally at the point now where he’s gonna pick a set of these songs that he’s finally cool with and finish ’em and we’re gonna finish the record. So, fingers crossed.”
Borland, in response to a question about a possible timeline for a new record, offered this: “I’m not in charge of Fred’s vocals… I’m way done with my parts on the record. I’m sure I’ll go back in and play a little bit more after. But it’s fucking Fred Durst. He went from being a darling to everybody’s most hated person in the world. We broke up as a band. He’s tried to find his footing, I think, on a bunch of these songs. He’s so talented, and I love him so much as a brother, but if he’s not ready to do it, he’s not ready to do it… My whole thing is I force things, but I’m happy to make mistakes and get embarrassed and go, ‘Oh, I shouldn’t have done that.’ But I just like to put stuff out. But he’s a perfectionist, so we’ll see when he’s ready to do it. I doubt it’ll be called ‘Stampede Of The Disco Elephants’ at that point. I will definitely say that the riffs and the music, it’s the best stuff I’ve ever done as a musician, I think. I’m so pleased with the direction the music went, and I love what we did as a band. And I’ve heard a bunch of his, sort of, demoed vocals over the stuff, and they’re great. So I have no doubt that he’s gonna come and bring it and it’s gonna be a great record.”
Check out Fred’s new look below.
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