Live Review: Limp Bizkit - Revolution Live, Fort Lauderdale
Fri, 26 Apr 2013 11:01:13
Limp Bizkit consistently slay live. That's an indisputable fact. Since 1997, they've toured with everybody from Metallica and Korn to Tool and Eminem and held their own, igniting packed houses and making them bounce to every single beat and rhyme. However, last night at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville's finest hit the stage like they were out for blood, and they got it, a lot of it. In fact, Fred Durst, Wes Borland, Sam Rivers, and John Otto have transformed this live beast into a veritable monster that must be seen to be believed. Simply put, when Limp Bizkit hit your town on this current jaunt of intimate venues, don't fucking miss it.
The band kicked the night off with "The Truth" from The Unquestionable Truth, Pt. 1. Borland's monstrous guitar work fueled the assault as Rivers churned out a funky polyrhythmic bass line buoying off Otto's flawless drumming. Durst sounded pristine, poignant, and powerful as he screamed, "Can you imagine accepting the fucking truth?"
So, what is Limp Bizkit's truth? They're one of the most explosive bands of all-time, and they're still innovators. Significant Other's "Show Me What You Got" floated on a flavorful as Durst's impeccable rhymes took center stage juxtaposed with Borland's inimitable fretwork. Want more truth? "My Generation" saw the sold out venue life the whole bridge to soaring heights with a smiling Durst not having to sing a word. That's the mark of a timeless band and a true juggernaut. DJ Skeletor added all the right electronic flourishes in the background, and he continued to inject hip-hop fury at all the right moments, perfectly.
Before "Livin' It Up" from Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water, Borland extended the intro into impressive jamming, illuminating his undeniable prowess. Durst proclaimed, "Ladies and gentleman, from another planet far, far away Wes Borland" before calling him a "wild beast", and assuring, "That's not stuffing in his underwear".
The frontman carried the vibrantly vicious verse of "Hot Dog" with palpable passion as one of the band's heaviest anthems hit harder than ever before. "Gold Cobra" belongs alongside the outfit's most crushingly catchy fare. After, Durst announced, "I think I want tot do another one only the core fans know about". They got a real treat.
That remark brought everything right into a downright brutal "Bring it Back" as they truly rained "in blood in the club like slayer" and ripped the crowd's shit "like a slasher scene". Among the set's highlights were the intimate sing-a-longs on the classics "My Way" and "Re-arranged". Before the latter, Durst admitted, "This song means more to us than you probably realize, but you've rearranged our lives".
Then, unexpectedly, they snapped into a downright incendiary rendition of Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name Of". They paid homage to the titanic track with Borland nailing the solo note-for-note, while Durst brought his distinctive panache to the delivery. It proved to be the perfect bridge into "Break Stuff" which caused a California-size earthquake, especially when Borland added a mind-blowing lead.
Leaving the stage for a brief break, they returned for the first-ever performance of "Hold On" and the room echoed every word as Durst clutched the mic. Make no mistake about it. There's still no party like a Limp Bizkit party. Durst invited one eager faux-hawked fan up to croon the beginning of Pearl Jam's "Alive" as Borland asked, "That guy's faux hawk ten or two?"
Laughs abounded, but everybody jumped to the band's raucous rendition of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit". The energy amped up even more during "Rollin'" and "Take a Look Around", while the brand new single "Ready to Go" remained as seismic as all of their timeless anthems. Two fans joined them for it, and then one suggested "Eat You Alive", which Durst mustered poetic aggression for.
Then, "Behind the Blue Eyes" left on a plaintive and potent note. With a piping hot new single out "Ready to Go" (their first for Cash Money Records) [iTunes link], this incredible tour now, and more big things on the horizon, Limp Bizkit remain true hard rock icons whose status is only more triumphant in 2013. The next generation has just started and there's still no one tougher or tighter than Limp Bizkit.
P.S. Get to the Limp Bizkit shows early to see Ryan Campbell. He transforms classics from Bob Marley and OutKast as well as bangers from Drake into his own sunny, smoky reggae gems. He does it all by himself too by looping guitar parts emulating bass and percussion, while keeping perfect rhythm on the riffs with smooth delivery. It's straight up one of the coolest (and chillest) performances you can see.
Were you there? What's your favorite Limp Bizkit show you've attended?
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