Live Review: Limp Bizkit at The Wiltern
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:52:49
"Alright partners, you know what time it is," smiled Fred Durst as Limp Bizkit took the stage in front of a packed Wiltern audience. The overwhelming cheers back to him affirmed that Los Angeles in fact did know. No watch was necessary. This is Limp Bizkit's time...
The band's triumphant Los Angeles tour kick-off evinced not only how timeless they are, but how incendiary this quintet remains in 2014. They tore through an hour-and-a-half of classics with the energy and spirit only legends possess. Fred may have quipped about 1999—namely "Tonight we gonna party like it's 1999" and referring to the temperature, "Says it's about '99 right now. Goes perfect with the theme of the evening"—yet Limp Bizkit staunchly reaffirmed their status as one of the 21st century's greatest live acts.
"Rollin'" instantly ignited the venue, lighting up this powder keg and shaking the floors as everybody bounced to John Otto's formidable, flawless, and funked-up bashing. Sam Rivers artfully worked his bass fretboard, weaving together an enigmatic groove helping to fortify this titanic rhythm section. DJ Franco kept the spacey sounds flowing from his decks, while Wes Borland transported everybody to outer space with warped, wild, and wonderful guitar work that can't be matched. Driving the ship, Fred spit each line with unmatched panache and presence, while carrying each hook to the sky, only pausing to let the crowd fill in key lyrics.
Wes slid Metallica's "Creeping Death" into a bruising "Hot Dog" as Fred cut through each bar seamlessly before delivering the anthemic chorus. During "Why Try", a giant light-up Limp Bizkit sign rose behind the guys, flashing in tandem with the rhythms and matching a similar smaller sign in front of John's kit. The singer snuck onto the floor for the first of many times throughout the evening never missing a line in the process. It was as magical as it was pure.
Fred announced, "We're extremely grateful you invited us to be in your home tonight. Thank you so much".
The gratitude was returned tenfold in the midst of a masterful "My Generation" also from the seminal Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water. Fred asked, "How many people here tonight truly and honestly do not give a fuck? I can relate". No fucks were given, but a lot of great songs were dispensed. "Livin' It Up" saw MGK crowd surf up to the front to go bar-for-bar with Fred. Afterwards, Fred admitted, "What you saw was never rehearsed. He just came here and killed it. "Gold Cobra" gave way to a searing "Eat You Alive". However, a perfect "My Way" garnered the night's biggest sing-a-long as the robust hook floated from the stage, past the ceiling, and off into the Los Angeles sky. The bass-and-guitar assault of "Nookie" simply slammed as the group launched into a raucous take on Guns N' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle". Everything culminated on "Take a Look Around" and a bombastic "Break Stuff" where Fred screamed with every inch of his soul and Wes ripped a mind-numbing lead. The guys left the stage to a king's roar.
As far as rock music goes (and hip-hop for that matter), very few acts can do what Limp Bizkit does on stage. They give people a great time, while saying something raw and real. It's precisely what a concert is all about. Limp Bizkit own this time.
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