Limp Bizkit at Varsity Theater, 5/14/13
|Photo by Erik Hess|
Varsity Theater, Minneapolis
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Limp Bizkit is still very much a "thing," and -- while nu metal is no longer a prominent genre -- still very much alive. The characters within are the DJ, the epic drummer on his raised platform drawing from old-school metal, the bassist wearing a Limp Bizkit T-shirt, costume-prone guitarist Wes Borland in a hoodie and light-up mask, and of course, the now bearded lead singer Fred Durst, charismatic, yet plays the role of the asshole frontman. Even the audience plays their role, a room of testosterone-filled, alcohol-infused crowd ready to "break stuff."
Slideshow: Limp Bizkit at Varsity Theater, 5/14/13
With the lights down and some jazzy music on the PA, Limp Bizkit took their time approaching the stage, letting the suspense build for many who have waited years to see them -- some even their whole lives. As the audience raised their red Solo cups in salute, the band opened with the boisterous "Why Try." At times Fred's voice and lyrical nuances got lost in the instrumentation and the huge wall of sound. That wasn't a problem for the crowd, though.
|Photo by Erik Hess|
Durst promised the crowd that "it's gonna be a wild-ass party tonight," and quickly launched into one of the band's early hits "Rollin'." While they may not have had as many hits in the last few years, unless you were living under a rock, it was hard to escape the phenomenon that was Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water. That album defined the early millennium and influenced many young minds, and included the aptly titled "My Generation," a piece that while not entirely hopeful, simply says this is who I am, take it or leave it.
With the haunting opening riffs of "My Way," the audience immediately recognized the song and began cheering. Noticing the lighting at the Varsity, Fred told the crowd, "Let's break some chandeliers." The singer took the bridge in every song and used it as an opportunity to interact with the audience, often with random thoughts that pop into his head.
During a confusing intermission that lasted a few minutes, whether it was really an intermission or just the band trying to gather themselves, Durst urged the crowd, "Now's the time of the night to get a beer or take a piss." An audience member shouted out a request for "Nookie," and Fred simply said, "I'm gonna play whatever Wes wants to play," before he heard the opening riffs of "Stuck" and declaring, "Aw shit. That's fucking bad[ass]." Perhaps it was Borland being moody, but the band never did play the signature "Nookie." After Chocolate Starfish, Wes left the band for a bit, while they recorded Results May Vary, a telling of the rest of the band's following albums and included the song "Eat You Alive." The piece once again Fred speaking during the bridge -- the calm before the storm -- and leading into a primal scream that sums up all the rage and anger that can be housed in Durst.