Selected by Dan
Despite rumors swirling
about a possible postponement of Limp Bizkits Japan tour, and after repeated
cancellations of their current North American Anger Management tour gigs due to singer
Fred Dursts 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 YAll, 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.
play Makuhari Messe on 1/13-14. See listings