Chicago concertgoers boo Bizkit off the stage. Fred Durst flees the Summer Sanitarium show in a hail of bottles and coins

By Gary Susman
Updated July 29, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT
Credit: Fred Durst: Kelly Smith/ZUMA Press/NewsCom

Guess Metallica fans in Chicago just couldn’t wait for the headliners at the Summer Sanitarium tour’s stop there on Saturday. They chased Limp Bizkit off the stage after just half an hour, peppering frontman Fred Durst with boos and bottles until he stormed off in an outburst of profanity, according to Chicago newspapers.

”From the very beginning of the show, there were people in the crowd with ‘Fred Sucks’ banners, and every time one of the other bands mentioned Limp Bizkit, [the audience] booed,” according to the Chicago Tribune. Durst was hit with bottles, coins, and other projectiles from the moment the band took the stage at the Hawthorne Racetrack. ”His first response was like, ‘Bring it on!,”’ according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Soon, however, Durst lost his cool, calling the concertgoers ”f—ing pu—-s,” insulting their throwing skills (”This is why your baseball teams suck. None of you are good pitchers. You can’t hit me with your garbage,” Durst reportedly said), and launching into a tirade of cursing and homophobic slurs. The band left after just six songs, leading to a 90-minute delay before Metallica took the stage.

Durst has a long history of making provocative comments on stage, but why the animosity from the Chicago crowd? The Sun-Times suggested that the hostility had been whipped up over several days by the anti-Durst comments of Chicago radio personality ”Mancow” Mueller. At least Bizkit was able to perform Sunday in Minneapolis without incident, MTV News reports.