ANAHEIM, Calif. Limp Bizkit leader Fred Durst apparently hasn't learned much about crowd control since his band's set at Woodstock '99 whipped concert-goers into a violent frenzy.
"[Let's] show the whole world how much we can f--- up a baseball field," he told the crowd of 50,000 fans who had gathered Saturday at Edison Field for KROQ's annual Weenie Roast festival.
It wasn't the first time in his rock-rap band's 50-minute set which featured such hits as "Break Stuff" (RealAudio excerpt) and their current single, "Take a Look Around" that Durst made a remark that sounded like a call for chaos. Just a few songs earlier, the singer suggested that fans bum-rush the stage. That comment apparently alarmed organizers, as the sound system began cutting out, preventing the band from launching into its rendition of House of Pain's hit "Jump Around."
"It sounds like they're trying to turn the PA system off on us," Durst said. "They tried to stop us at Woodstock, and now they're trying to stop us here." The sound problems soon ceased and Limp Bizkit carried on with the 1992 crossover hit.
Durst was widely criticized for encouraging crowd unruliness during his band's incendiary set at Woodstock '99, at which concert-goers destroyed property and hundreds of fans suffered mosh-pit-related injuries.
But Saturday's Weenie Roasters didn't get destructive. Though the mosh pit took on some added fervor, the crowd remained under control, much to the surprise of some.
"I thought everyone would go berserk," 22-year-old concert-goer Justin Miller said. "But they pretty much blew him off."
A KROQ spokesperson did not return calls for comment by press time.
Limp Bizkit's performance came as the all-day event edged toward the finale, preceding ferocious bill-topping sets by metal king Ozzy Osbourne and Korn. The testosterone-laden concert featured 14 acts, more than half of which were Southern California natives. While the lineup leaned heavily toward the hard-rock side, it featured one rap act, Cypress Hill, one band with a female member, No Doubt, and one Moby.
Just A Girl
Singer Gwen Stefani pointed out her minority status during her group's high-energy set, which kicked off with "Ex-Girlfriend" (RealAudio excerpt), from No Doubt's April LP Return of Saturn. "I was wandering around backstage, and I couldn't seem to find any females," the pink-haired singer said. "Out of all the bands here, there is only one girl, and that's me."
Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland apparently sympathized with Stefani he took the stage in a silver dress and pink wig.
"I feel like Freddie Mercury," he said, referring to the late flamboyant frontman of rock band Queen. Weiland took off his dress a few songs into STP's performance and sang the remainder in his boxers. The group delivered knock-down renditions of the early hits "Plush" and "Sex Type Thing" as well as the No. 4 (1999) single "Down" (RealAudio excerpt).
Cypress Hill, who charged the crowd up with a set that included their current hit "(Rock) Superstar" (RealAudio excerpt), became the lone rap act after Eminem pulled out of the lineup because of scheduling problems. Cypress Hill rapper Sen Dog said as he watched No Doubt's set later in the day that his group's unique position on the bill didn't faze him. After all, he said, he's had years to get used to it.
"We've always had the ability to [play alongside rock acts]," the MC said. "Hip-hop has become a part of rock 'n' roll, and it's just going to become an even bigger part."
Evening Takes A Docile Turn
Moby apparently felt that fans were in need of a respite from all the hard rock by the time his set came around late in the day. Introducing "Porcelain" (RealAudio excerpt), the electronic guru said, "I know there's a lot of testosterone-driven rock acts here today, so we thought it would be a nice counterpart to play a sweet, delicate song."
Creed followed Moby with a set punctuated by fireworks and featuring such hits as "Higher" (RealAudio excerpt) and "My Own Prison." Pop-punks the Offspring picked things up from there, playing a string of hits that kept concert-goers singing aloud.
At one point, basketball star Dennis Rodman and comedian Pauly Shore joined the Offspring onstage, with Shore singing along on a rendition of "Come Out and Play" (RealAudio excerpt). After finishing the song, Shore mooned the crowd a move Osbourne repeated a short while later.
Incubus kicked off the festivities with a set that included their current single, "Pardon Me." "We're just happy to be here," singer Brandon Boyd said. "Thank you for not throwing sharp things at us."
Lit singer A. Jay Popoff got sentimental during his band's set, which featured the singles "Miserable" and "My Own Worst Enemy." "This is a trip because tomorrow's Father's Day, and our dad used to take us here when we were kids," he said. "I had no idea that someday we'd be playing this f---ing stadium."