“Dallas, give him the ball.” Limp Bizkit frontman, Fred Durst is busy playing with his toddler son in a Los Angeles park, showing the soft side nobody suspects he has.
“Everybody has to have a side that nobody knows,” he explains. “If you don’t, then everybody will just know everything.”
It’s hard to see what’s really hiding behind those blue eyes. Maybe it’s pain from being the most hated man in rock.
“I’ll never know all the reasons,” says the Limp Bizkit vocalist. “Some guys just come along and get that rap and I just happen to be that guy right now. It used to bother me. You’ve got to become numb at some point.”
Even when your mistakes are constantly used against you?
“Mistakes are the greatest things that I’ve been able to have. I wouldn’t have learned a lot of things if I wouldn’t have been able to make mistakes. I’ve had to the freedom to make mistakes, obviously, in front of the whole world.”
No regrets then?
“No, I can’t live with regrets but there’s definitely pain.”
“Everybody has to have a side that nobody knows. If you don’t, then everybody will just know everything.” – Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst tries to give a makeover to his jock-image.
Before uttering “awww” and preparing to do a Halle Berry on him, the love of his life reminds you she’ll always be there for him. She, also known as music, has helped appease the pain, or at least put it in the background. He claims that:
“Touring is just like therapy. You get on stage each night and you get to release anything that’s bothering you… When you’re on stage and you’re looking at thousands of people, it’s so direct to your heart and soul. It gives you the energy and the light to do things that you could never have done before.”
Limp Bizkit’s aptly-titled last album, Results May Vary, was a make or break moment in the band’s career following a sonic makeover where their rap-metal sound undeniably became more rock/metal and considerably less rap, a genre which DJ Lethal declared dead.
“Man, there’s so much rap in the world. It’s like America is hip-hop. I just wanted to do something else, a little more rock.”
“Mandy Starr.” – If Fred Durst had to get a tattoo of a female, his first choice is a porn star. That image makeover may require a little more work…
Wasn’t that a risky venture for a band who’s signature sound is based on, well, guitar-laden rap?
“It’s like walking on egg shells,” Fred philosophises. “Regardless of what you’ve accomplished in your life, tomorrow’s another day where, if you don’t maintain it or do something better, then you won’t last.”
The rap sound was also thought to be one of the reasons for guitarist Wes Borland‘s departure yet ironically Results May Vary was probably where Borland wanted to take the band’s sound.
“It’s where we wanted to go and I know he wanted to go somewhere different too. He hated rap ever since we started. He kind of liked that he was different and hated rap. And that’s what we liked too. It made our band diverse, but I guess one day he had enough money to stop and leave us hanging high and dry.”
Ooh, do we sense a bit of bitterness? Durst backtracks:
“You’re supposed to do what you feel in your heart.”
“I guess one day he had enough money to stop and leave us hanging high and dry.” – Fred Durst betrays some bitterness at guitarist Wes Borland’s departure from Limp Bizkit. He rejoined recently.
And for now, Wes’ heart seems to have told him to return to the band. The band’s official site has several photos of the guitarist practising in the studio with his former, former band members. His decision to return may be because he likes the new sound better, but perhaps his lack of solo success has a lot to do with it as well… Fred, however, will always be Fred.
“I’m going to be me all the time and that’s what people have a problem with.”
The guy’s fated to be hated. But he’s also venerated. Maybe he’ll end up as someone’s tattoo one day – his own body is a mini Hall Of Fame with Elvis and Kurt Cobain gracing his ripples. Other would-be inductees include:
What, no women?
“(Porn star) Mandy Starr… Lucille Ball – she’s smart, I like her.”
Gracing the walls at his home is one of rock’s ultimate icons, Jim Morrison.
“I would’ve worn him on my body, too, if I was gonna go for this whole Put All Your Icons On Your Body.”
For now, he just wants to visit Morrison’s grave in Paris:
“You should take me there. I can’t wait to see you again!”
musicOMH blushes – move over, Halle Berry!
Interview – Limp Bizkit
Limp Bizkit – Results May Vary