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What The Heck Happened To Limp Bizkit?

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For a few years in the early aughts Fred Durst and his gang of nü metal miscreants in Limp Bizkit were everywhere. Limp Bizkit's songs were all over the radio and MTV, and their first three albums were massive. But then they disappeared. So what happened to Limp Bizkit? Like a lot of huge rock bands they were eaten up by their own success. Their popularity led to in-fighting and cultural backlash that was hellbent on erasing the group from the cultural consciousness.

Where did Limp Bizkit go? What happened to Fred Durst? Is he still wearing that stupid red hat? These are all valid questions for which you’ll find answers (except for the hat thing). As dumb as this band was stories about Limp Bizkit are fascinating. They show that bros can grow a brain, or at least a facsimile of a brain, and that there’s life after a decade spent wearing JNCOs.

Today, Limp Bizkit is still around. But they’re older, maybe wiser, and definitely still doing it for the nookie.

  • Wes Borland Tried To Make A Video Game But Decided To Make A Record Instead

    Video: YouTube

    Wes Borland, the group's artsy-fartsy member with all the costumes, never seemed like he was comfortable as the guitar player in Limp Bizkit. He's quit and rejoined the band a couple of times and he's made a couple of solo albums. In the early 2000s, he made an experimental metal album under the moniker Big Dumb Face. It was meant to be a one-off, but around 2015 he got an idea for expanding the album's concept with a video game. 

    He told Team Rock, "I actually started storyboarding a whole video game and wrote the whole thing. My agent started reaching out to videogame companies and they hooked me up with a bunch of people who were all like, ‘We love this, it’s just an indie game, so you’re going to need an investor to spend a million dollars on this."

    Rather than dip into his own pockets or ask for money on Kickstarter he decided to just make another record. 

  • Wes Borland Had Words For Nü Metal Bro Aaron Lewis At The Airport

    Photo: Edgar Sagra / flickr / CC-BY-ND 2.0

    It's been a while since Fred Durst signed Aaron Lewis' band Staind to Interscope in the late '90s, and in the interim, plenty of love seems have been lost between the nü metal-turned- country singer and Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland. When the two bumped into one another in a Jacksonville, Florida airport they had a less than friendly family reunion that spiraled into an argument over the concept of home.

    Borland explained,

    He goes ‘Where ya headed?’ And I went ‘I’m going home.’ And he goes ‘Home?’ and I went ‘Yeah I just visited my parents, I’m going back home to L.A.’ Aaron looks at me and he kind of turns his chin up and goes, ‘Nah man, remember where you came from, Florida is your home, not L.A. That’s home.

    Woof. The guitarist continued, 

    I could not believe the audacity, and just like pretentiousness—especially for someone that acts like they’re like a country boy now and they’re from Illinois. And I just went ‘F*ck you man.’ And I never talked to him again after that.

  • DJ Lethal Quit, ReJoined, Then Quit The Band Again

    Photo: Carlos Varela / flickr / CC-BY 2.0

    After the success of bands like Slipknot, Incubus, and Linkin Park, it's hard to remember that Limp Bizkit was the first big rock band to have a DJ in their band. DJ Lethal was an integral part to the group's sound but in 2012 he quit the band in spectacular and all too familiar fashion — by posting an expletive-filled tweet aimed at Fred Durst. 

    In the tweetstorm that's been lost to time, Lethal wrote,

    I hate assholes that judge me for leaving a 'band' I was in for 15 years. Your like a f*ckin' moose that got lucky!! F*ck Fred Durst. I was talented and was an artist [long] before u even knew who Fred was. If [you're] gonna be a #wigger, than do your homework. #houseofpain b*tch!

    Later that year, Lethal buried the turntables and apologized for his rant, admitting that it was super embarrassing and that he was dealing with a lot of "personal issues" when he decided to quit the band via the internet. He was then welcomed back into the group and they were rollin' once again until 2013 when Lethal once again split from the group. 

  • Someone Stole DJ Lethal's Moonman!

    Photo: Anthony Quintano / flickr / CC-BY 2.0

    In October 2013, DJ Lethal suffered the indignity of having his Moonman — or MTV Video Music Awards statue — stolen from the Las Vegas bar he co-owns. According to Lethal, the award for "Best Rock" video for "Rollin'" was "screwed down and mounted" to a fixture in the bar but that didn't stop someone from walking off with it. Lethal told Spin magazine,

    This was during the first few weeks of opening and we didn’t have security cameras set up yet. There was [an] afterhours party and we really don’t know how it disappeared.