Limp Bizkit Stories From Travie McCoy, Korn, Slipknot, MGK, Five Finger Death Punch, Aaron Lewis, and More
Tue, 16 Apr 2013 07:01:58
Limp Bizkit lifted hard rock into modern popular culture as soon as they burst onto the scene.
Before they emerged with 1997's groundbreaking Three Dollar Bill Y'All$, heavy music had been significantly marginalized since the last boom in the early nineties. Granted, their contemporaries such as Korn and Deftones were bubbling up and paving the way for a revolution. However, after Korn's game-changing Follow the Leader in 1998 and their inaugural Family Values tour featuring Limp Bikzit, the world was ready for the next phase of heavy. That happened on Significant Other. Limp Bizkit's sophomore effort proved to be the quintessential rap metal record, and it rightfully became a righteous phenomenon. They shot to the top, and they stayed there with their juggernaut third album Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water. Results May Vary, The Unquestionable Truth, Pt. 1, and Gold Cobra all were gems in their own right as Bizkit continued to evolve and morph while preserving their pummeling core.
Now, they've ignited the next age of Limp Bizkit. The brand new single "Ready to Go" featuring Lil Wayne is their first for Cash Money Records and one of their most incendiary and infectious anthems ever [Get it on iTunes]. It's also only a prelude to their forthcoming Stampede of the Disco Elephants. The band is launching a tour of intimate venues with some big festival headlining stops including Welcome to Rockville and Carolina Rebellion as well.
For Tour Dates and Info Go To Their Official Site!
Now more than ever, Limp Bizkit's impact can be felt. So, ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino spoke to a myriad of musicians influenced by the group about their Limp Bizkit stories.
Everybody from Travie McCoy of Gym Class Heroes and MGK to Brian "Head" Welch of Korn and Love & Death to Austin Carlile from Of Mice & Men has a story too. Check it out below in this exclusive feature and get "Ready to Go" now!
What do you think of now when you think of Limp Bizkit? When did you first hear them? How did they influence you?
Travie McCoy of Gym Class Heroes
Travie McCoy: When I was younger, I was a huge Limp Bizkit fan. I got into them back in the day. Wes Borland was like our generation's Gene Simmons [Laughs]. It was so cool to do "Superbad" with him on Lazarus. He just nailed the track, and it's one of my favorite songs from that record.
Brian "Head" Welch of Korn & Love and Death
Brian "Head" Welch: As the story goes, we came into Jacksonville, and they were just at our show walking around. We saw them afterwards, and they were like, "We love your band!" Fred said, "I'm a tattoo artist and a skater." We were like, "Cool, maybe you can tattoo us next time!" They gave us a demo. We listened to it, and it sucked [Laughs]. A year later, we came into town, and he tattooed me. He had a new demo. We put it in, and it was really good this time. A couple of those songs even ended up on Three Dollar Bill, Y'All$. That was the second time we heard them, and we were blown away that they grew so much. Then, we saw their live show, and they had it. I think they were influenced by us, but they had their own unique thing too. That was a whole monster. As the story panned out, they became bigger than life. Everything they touched was gold from the videos Fred was directing to the tours they were headlining. It felt cool to be a part of that. "Fieldy" begged management to manage them! He got Ross Robinson to produce them. It's crazy. They became great really quickly, and it's incredible. Three Dollar Bill, Y'All$ was seminal. It's such an awesome record. Korn's played with them throughout the years and recently in Europe. We're sharing the stage with them this summer too, and that's going to be fun for me.
Sid Wilson of Slipknot & The Miami Vice Sound Crack
Sid Wilson: I got into Limp Bizkit directly because of joining Slipknot. I knew Limp Bizkit had a DJ. I study any band who had a DJ or keyboardist. I basically listened to Limp Bizkit and Fear Factory over and over again to get familiar with how those kinds of sounds were used in metal and heavy music. I was listening to those two bands repeatedly. Three Dollar Bill, Y'All$ is a great record. I dug the artwork. When I was listening to them back in the day, I liked that the whole band didn't drop out during the scratching. I'm into hip-hop obviously. However, with hip-hop, the DJ is all of the instruments. In the a band, the DJ is one of the instruments. You have to find the mash to become part of all the same armor. That's what I liked about Limp Bizkit. DJ Lethal did a really great job of making sure that held true. He was plugging into guitar amps and that kind of thing. What they were doing with a DJ paved the way for all of the other DJs in bands. I've always wanted the Slipknot, Korn, and Limp Bizkit tour! All of three of us would be a powerhouse destroying it. That would be amazing. That's the no-brainer. You take the three heaviest hitters out of that era and put on a bill.
MGK: Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water was actually the first album I ever bought. I was a kid coming out of listening to the Grease soundtrack and other shit my dad would force me to listen to. I was like, "Damn, I want to hear my own shit". I was young and angry. All of a sudden, I heard this dude screaming but not overbearingly screaming. Fred Durst was just saying everything I felt at the time. I was like, "What the fuck was this?" It was inappropriate, and it wasn't allowed. I thought, "Nice, I'm with this shit". That shit was the first time I ever bought a CD. I mean a real CD not that other bullshit I was listening to. It was finally the first grownup shit. That and 50 Cent's Get Rich or Die Tryin' were the first two big CDs in my life. We did a "Break Stuff" cover, but now we're doing "Rollin'" on tour. As a band, we've evolved a lot since we were doing "Break Stuff". We didn't have a bassist when we were doing "Break Stuff" so there was no low end. We were drunk as fuck so much on Warped Tour. We probably sounded like shit and thought we were awesome [Laughs]. Now, the sound is there.
Ivan Moody of Five Finger Death Punch
Ivan Moody: We went to Japan a couple years ago, and that was actually the first time I ever got to see Limp Bizkit. They'd just gotten Wes Borland back. We also played with them at Rock On the Range and Epicenter. Getting to hang out with Wes and Fred Durst was great; they're just stellar guys. I've got to tell you, those dudes throw down live as well!
Jeremy McKinnon of A Day To Remember
Jeremy McKinnon: It was Three Dollar Bill, Y'All$ for me too. I remember the very first time I heard them though. I was actually in trouble for getting really bad grades in school, and my dad forced me to work on his construction crew because he owned a construction business. I had to work an entire summer as part of his crew. I was with one of his workers, and we were driving to pick up lunch. He put on Three Dollar Bill, Y'All$. He showed me so many heavy rock bands in the course of a month. It changed my life. It's funny because I got in trouble and had to do this horrible job, but it ended up shaping my musical taste for the rest of my life. Three Dollar Bill, Y'All$ is a great record.
Aaron Lewis of Staind
Aaron Lewis: I liken Limp Bizkit to our "fathers" in this whole thing [Laughs]. They paved the way for us, and Fred was beyond instrumental in our career. At the end of the day, he got us signed. He worked with us. He directed our videos. It's incredible everything he did. So many good things can be traced back to Limp Bizkit. I always loved watching them too. They're just so fucking great live.
Austin Carlile of Of Mice & Men
Austin Carlile: I love Limp Bizkit! I can't wait to hear this new record. I've been reading everything Fred Durst tweets about it, and it sounds so sick. I remember hearing Three Dollar Bill, Y'All$ and losing it! Then, I fell into Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water and all of that. The Mission Impossible theme song they did, "Take a Look Around", was my favorite song in the world for a while.
Jeff Kendrick of DevilDriver & Co-Founder AllAxess.com
The first time I ever heard Limp Bizkit was when WAAF in Boston played Three Dollar Bill, Y'All$ in the late nineties. The first song I was exposed to was "Counterfeit", and it absolutely blew my mind. I saw them live at OZZfest 1998. That was the infamous incident when Snot's Lynn Strait was arrested for receiving an inappropriate act from a willing female on their stage. Wes Borland has always had my admiration as one of the more innovative guitarists around. To this day, they still have songs that get me extremely excited. They personify the late nineties nu metal movement.
Jimmy Kwong & Matt Larson of SoulSwitch
Jimmy Kwong: I first heard about Limp Bizkit when I heard their cover of George Michael's "Faith" followed by "Counterfeit". I thought "Faith" was an aggressive twist on a great song. They really made it their own with their sound. I love the way they incorporate rap and a DJ with a metal sound. My favorite Limp Bizkit album would have to be Significant Other. It's one of those records I can listen to from front to back. I've never seen them live, but I will in two weeks at Welcome to Rockville where we will be performing with them.
Matt Larson: I first heard Limp Bizkit when Chocolate Starfish and the Hotdog Flavored Water came out. I was instantly hooked. The album's sound was thick, and it grooved as well. On top of that, Sam Rivers and John Otto are arguably one of the best rhythm sections in rock. Of course, I had to go back and listen to the rest. 2013 Welcome to Rockville will be the first time I'll be seeing them live, and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't excited and expectations weren't high!
What's your favorite Limp Bizkit song?
See our review of "Ready to Go" here!
The Top Ten Songs we hope Limp Bizkit plays at Welcome to Rockville are here!
Limp Bizkit is in our "Game-Changers" Feature too!
We "Look Back" on their debut here!
Get "Ready to Go" on iTunes! See Limpbizkit.com for upcoming tour dates!