Limp Bizkit at Varsity Theater, 5/14/13

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Photo by Erik Hess
Limp Bizkit with Ryan Campbell
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."

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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.
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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.

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21 comments
Melissa Mj
Melissa Mj

No Nookie or Counterfeit...lame. It was still a great show with serious energy.

Juniper Lee
Juniper Lee

The show was awesome. The crowd all-grown up... mostly (fans from 13 years ago) was high energy but not moshing like they could when they were "kids". Overall- excellent, no-nonsense show!

ElliotPark
ElliotPark

So much unintentional comedy at The Varsity last night. Was everybody in the mosh pit dressed like Turtle from Entourage on purpose? Those batting gloves Durst was wearing are baddass. I also saw a couple different versions of T-shirts honoring pop culture icon Chum-Lee from Pawn Stars.

eric_bodelson
eric_bodelson

Just an FYI, Bizkit never did play "Stuck" they played "Gold Cobra" instead.  Good show overall, though and nice review!

Kent Erickson
Kent Erickson

I think readers voted Limp Bitzkit number 3 worse band of the 90's in Rolling Stone....who the hell listens to this? Creed was voted 1 and Hanson 2 in case anyone's wondering.

Al Cady
Al Cady

At best he's a noun.

Jamie Grimm
Jamie Grimm

Limp Bizkit fans are worse than Juggalos.

adam0499
adam0499

@Melissa Mj Are you serious?! The whole reason of "still playing shows" would be to remind fans why they liked you in the first place. Those are bar none their two best songs!

Youa
Youa

@eric_bodelson Thanks! I am not familiar with some of their music, so I appreciate the clarification. I will fix it.

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