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Limp Bizkit

Limp Bizkit

Despite rumors swirling about a possible postponement of Limp Bizkit’s Japan tour, and after repeated cancellations of their current North American Anger Management tour gigs due to singer Fred Durst’s throat problems, promoter Smash is confirming that the rapcore band are due in on schedule.

And with a three-week layoff scheduled before they hit Japan, Durst should have plenty of time to nurse his wounded vocal chords back to health before Limp Bizkit mount the stage at the vast Makuhari Messe convention center. As this article went to press, tickets were still available for their Tokyo area dates.

With their third and latest album Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water still riding high in the charts, Limp Bizkit are at the apex of a career that has taken them from obscurity to the top of the heap in just six years.

Formed in Florida in 1994 by vocalist Fred Durst and friend Sam Rivers on bass, with John Otto on drums and Wes Borland on guitar, Limp Bizkit first came to the attention of fellow rapcore rockers Korn when Korn bassist Fieldy got tattooed by Durst (also a tattoo artist), when they played in the Jacksonville area in 1995.

After Korn passed a Limp Bizkit demo tape on to their producer, Limp Bizkit were chosen to tour with House of Pain and the Deftones. Signing with Interscope, the band debuted with Three Dollar Bill Y’All, following it up with more high-profile touring with Faith No More and Primus.

Significant Other was released in 1999, and on the strengths of the single “Nookie,” Limp Bizkit were certifiably massive, striking a chord with the legions of screwed-up hormonal teenagers who comprise their audience.

Hitting the stores this October, Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water defied the predictions of many critics who wrote the band off as a one-hit wonder. Not only did it rock harder than anything they had previously done, it demonstrated surprising emotional depth, indicating that there may be more to the band than it had seemed.

With dysfunctionalism on the rise among Japanese youth, Limp Bizkit have connected firmly with an audience here. Look for their shows to provide a much-needed release to a young, increasingly hopeless generation of teenagers facing a recession with no end in sight.

Limp Bizkit play Makuhari Messe on 1/13-14. See listings for details.

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359: Green Day
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