Live Review: Limp Bizkit — House of Blues, West Hollywood
Sat, 25 May 2013 10:31:22
So, where was the real party last night in Hollywood? It wasn't at Greystone Manor or the newest chichi club people will care about for only two weeks. It wasn't in the hipster mecca Silverlake where nobody gets excited about anything that doesn't involve Radiohead or Zooey Deschanel. It was at the House of Blues in West Hollywood for Limp Bizkit's sold out "City of Angels" return.
Now, amongst attendees were the legendary Sean Penn and Corey Feldman. However, the five-headed main attraction— Fred Durst, Wes Borland, Sam Rivers, John Otto, and DJ Skeletor—was what everybody had come to see, and the whole room from Penn to the guy in the hotdog costume walked away invigorated, inspired, and indisputably "Ready to Go".
The "Rollin' (Air Raid Vehicle)" landed with a bang as hands went up at Durst's command and the entire audience bounced. Throughout the evening, Otto laid down solid, slick beats that teetered between funk finesse and hip-hop swag, while Rivers remained the perfect counterpoint running up-and-down his bass fretboard with jazzed-out intricacy. The duo illuminated why it's one of the genre's best rhythms sections.
Then, there's Borland. Truly one of a kind, his playing bordered on dazzling and destructive as he cut deep on the likes of "Bring it Back" and then soared on "My Generation" and "Livin' It Up". Also, his interpretation of Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name Of" is staggeringly awesome. Meanwhile, DJ Skeletor kept the bounce moving flawlessly from up above.
Durst drove "Hot Dog" with passion and power, screaming his heart out on the chorus, while "My Way" and "Eat You Alive" allowed him to bleed vulnerably and vitally as he sang. The band took everybody way back on explosive renditions of "Pollution" and "Counterfeit", the latter of which took a jam-y extended detour that was downright fascinating. A cover of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" saw Feldman give the audience some "sweet moves" on stage, while "Faith" practically shook the House of Blues out of its hillside Sunset Blvd. spot.
The final triage of The Who's "Behind Blue Eyes", "Take A Look Around", and "Break Stuff" gave one last noteworthy catharsis as Durst put everything on the line with soulful singing, furious rapping, and a crushing roar.
All said and done, last night didn't just feel like "1999". It felt even better. Limp Bizkit are at their most catchy, concise, and crushing. As they ready their first offering for Cash Money Records, Stampede of the Disco Elephants, it's clear that they're firing on all cylinders. We're in the age of Limp Bizkit, and it's just what rock 'n' roll yearned for.
Were you there?
See our most recent interview with Fred Durst here!