At the height of their popularity, Limp Bizkit rarely did anything understated. Remember when they charged through Times Square with an army of “Bizkettes” in honor of a single called “Nookie”? Yeah, that happened.
But you can only hold a bomb so long before it explodes — or at least it weakens to the point of being sort of invisible. That’s the current state of Limp Bizkit, and while they remain a band, you probably won’t be seeing them any time soon.
In a conversation with UK metal magazine Kerrang!, Bizkit frontman Fred Durst admitted that there’s little demand for the group in their home nation. “We don’t play back home. 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,” Durst said. “We haven’t properly toured America since 2006. The reason? We just don’t know what’s going on in America. 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. We’re just Limp Bizkit, so we don’t know how to do anything but Limp Bizkit.”
But Durst admits that his band was once “the new catchy thing” and that their window has more or less closed. “In 2000, there were 35 million people who connected to this band,” he said. “Twelve years later, lots of those people have moved on. We were a moment in time and it’s over.”
That’s an impressive amount of perspective from a dude who once threatened to stick a cookie up your yeah!
Limp Bizkit released a comeback album in 2011 called Gold Cobra, which was not terribly well received by critics or the record-buying public. Since then, they signed a deal with Cash Money Records, and are supposedly working on two projects: a new full-length album as well as a sequel to the 2005 EP The Unquestionable Truth Part 1. They made a run through Europe earlier this summer, playing a mix of clubs and festivals, but if you really want to hear Durst in the United States, you’ll have to hang out at your local karaoke establishment.
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