Remember the famous Sick Boy monologue from cult movie Trainspotting? The “at one time, you’ve got it, and then you lose it, and it’s gone forever” speech? Might hold some water here… assuming you believe that nu-metallers Limp Bizkit actually ‘had it’ in their day.
Frontman Fred Durst does, and speaking to metal mag Kerrang!, he’s pretty frank about the band’s success in their native America and in a moment of clarity discusses the band’s relevance in today’s industry.
Speaking about the band’s recent boycott of touring North America for an upcoming issue, Durst says “we don’t play back home.” Adding that, “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. We haven’t properly toured America since 2006.”
Durst chalks it up to the fact that the band “just don’t know what’s going on in America.” Detailing that they may not be doing it ‘all for the Nookie’ anymore, “it’s all about the new catchy thing and that’s always changing. America is driven by record sales. It’s the home of corporations.”
Elaborating on the band’s waning success on home turf, the frontman added: “Here’s the deal: say in 2000, there were 35 million people who connected to this band. Twelve years later, lots of those people have moved on.”
“We were a moment in time and it’s over,” say Durst. Seems everyone’s been telling him that for years – including the band’s label who dropped them in time for Christmas last year – but it’s only now that it’s sinking in that Limp Bizkit’s glory days of soundtracking Mission: Impossible and inciting Big Day Out riots are well and truly behind them.
“We’re just Limp Bizkit, so we don’t know how to do anything but Limp Bizkit,” Durst tells Kerrang! – chin up pal, you still get to keep your dayjob as a serial douchebag.
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