STORY WRITTEN BY MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER
For 21st Century Media
It’s a true case of 90’s nostalgia if we’re talking about Limp Bizkit. Loathed by critics, hated by hipsters by somehow appealing to the masses, the nu metal band exploded before the dawn of the millennium with a ramped up, headbanging cover of George Michael’s monster hit “Faith.” A series of singles like “Break Stuff” and “My Generation” followed, with an in your face style appealing to hordes of testosterone fueled males.
It was a time when music was in disarray; grunge was dead, pop music ruled the airwaves and there wasn’t much edge left. The best we could do was a rap-rock outfit led by a dude in a red Yankees baseball cap worn backwards telling us it was all about the nookie. But people got smart, and the Bizkit was left going through breakups, makeups and albums that nobody cared about as they faded into obscurity.
Now they are back, and are coming to the Tower Theater next Tuesday. Having renewed his partnership with guitarist and odd dresser Wes Borland, frontman Fred Durst leads a charge that saw the single “Endless Slaughter” released on cassette only in the spring, slated to appear on the upcoming full length “Stampede of the Disco Elephants.” A release date has yet to be determined, but what struck many as strange was the band signing to Cash Money Records, a label known primarily for its hip-hop roster.
The new songs released since reuniting have been less than stellar, but Jacksonville, Florida natives remain adamant that they are back to shake things up and aren’t going away anytime soon.
“We decided we were more disgusted and bored with the state of heavy popular music than we were with each other,” said Durst and Borland in a joint statement when the reunion went down in 2009. “Regardless of where our separate paths have taken us, we recognize there is a powerful and unique energy with this particular group of people we have not found anywhere else. This is why Limp Bizkit is back.”
Whether or not music fans welcome them back with open arms is another question altogether, because the kids that once moshed to the group have likely moved on. But be honest – won’t it be fun to just go check it out to reminisce about a time when things were so much simpler, stupid and laughable?
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