Tim Commerford, Rage Against the Machine
Credit: Tim Commerford: Dave Hogan/ImageDirect


WHAT HAPPENED While Limp Bizkit’s frontman Fred Durst was giving thanks for the band’s Best Rock Video win for ”Break Stuff,” another rocker decided to do just that. Bassist Commerford, who had performed with his band, felt the need to do a little more raging after losing out to Durst and Co. Commerford hopped onto the stage and scaled the set behind the podium. Durst, who was in midsentence, proceeded to lead the audience in a chant of ”Jump, jump.” Commerford was later removed from the premises by security and spent the next night behind bars.

WHY IT MATTERED Rage’s lead singer, Zack de la Rocha, quit the band a month after the VMAs, blaming the split on the group’s inability to work together. cites sources close to the band as saying that the incident angered de la Rocha (who walked out of Radio City Music Hall after the set stunt), possibly to the point where it snapped the singer’s working relationship with the rest of the group.

BEHIND THE SCENES Frattini: ”Oh, God, that was a very scary moment. The set director was standing behind me and said, ‘Well, that set’s not really built to have any sort of weight capacity standing on it.’ There were monitors up there and lights and electricity. We were in the truck saying, ‘Get Limp Bizkit out of there, move everybody away.’ The head carpenter ended up climbing up and talking him down. I think he was nervous to get down after he got up. There were police kindly waiting for him outside the stage door. But he was released — no one pressed any charges or anything.”