Fred Durst Comments On Not Milking Limp Bizkit’s “Amazing” Resurgence
Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst gave a rare interview to Billboard.com during their appearance at this past week’s ‘KROQ Weenie Roast‘ event in Los Angeles, CA. During the conversation he discussed his appreciation for the band’s current status, their calculated lack of touring and new material and more.
While inescapable in the late 90s and early 2000s, Limp Bizkit‘s popularity eventually waned as overexposure and diminishing material took their toll. As public opinion swayed on the band, the group and Durst in particular were often reduced to a punchline.
Recent years have found the group being invited to relevant rock and metal festivals and playing select shows which continue to draw solid audiences. When asked how he felt about the band’s apparent resurgence, Durst replied:
“It’s not a linear journey, it’s interesting. There are peaks and valleys and hopefully you just keep evolving and your long lens of light keeps finding that perfect depth of field and that place where things will become a little more crisp, a little more clear, you understand things. And I think with Limp Bizkit, it’s consistency of the passion for what happens with us when we get together.
We can’t manufacture it in a false sense, can’t fake it. So we’re actually having a lot of fun because we’re appreciating it now more than ever. And this boomerang effect of times and trends and vibes and now the Internet has created a platform for Limp Bizkit to be discovered without it being slammed down people’s throats.
They’re actually searching out things that are different than what they’re being fed and Limp Bizkit gets to fall into that part where we’re not being fed to them, they are discovering it. It’s like a boomerang effect where you can only pray for it to come back right, or you threw it out there right. You don’t really know what’s gonna happen in life.
I wake up every day grateful, and this Limp Bizkit resurgence feeling is so amazing ’cause each night I look out at these bigger and bigger audiences than ever before. I say, “How many people, it’s your first time?” And it’s everyone raises their hands. And it’s really interesting.”
As for the band maintaining a more selective profile these days, Durst revealed that it is in part due to decisions he himself made. He said of that:
“…I consciously made an effort a while back to pull back and not milk it, not tour all year long, not put out tons of records. I feel like a messenger; I’m waiting on the message. I’m waiting to truly feel and believe what I’m saying as shallow or deep as you may perceive it, if it means something to me, I can say it. If it doesn’t, there’s no reason for me to chalk it up and put it out.
I think with Limp Bizkit and our peers, we’re the band that kind of hasn’t been doing anything, except for waiting on that message. And there’s something really beautiful about the reward, the payoff that’s happening. We’re just kind of gonna be us and stay us because I don’t think we know how to do anything else.”
When asked if his other ventures in film and more take the pressure of being creative in Limp Bizkit off of him, he replied:
“Actually, believe it or not I still need to be as creative with Limp Bizkit as possible. I suffer a lot from not milking it. I mean financially there’s nothing coming in when you’re not out doing it. But I had to make that decision it’s about the integrity of it. It’s about what I believe Limp Bizkit is and what it is to me. So I suffer financially because I don’t do it. We get offered lots and lots of money and lots of things to do and I just became very good at saying no.”
The band were last publicly known to have been in the studio in the fall of last year working on new material, but little has been said of it since. That activity followed years of apparent creative struggles for Durst, with his bandmate, guitarist Wes Borland, stating back in 2016 that Durst was not happy with where the material was at.
Reports of the group having brought in outside songwriters—including members of Bring Me The Horizon—surfaced last year, seemingly lending credence to some level of creative block. You can read more from Durst over at Billboard.com.
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