Eminem, Limp Bizkit, Papa Roach, and Xzibit kicked off their ode to commercially viable vitriol, the Anger Management Tour, on Thursday at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey, by rumbling through hard-edged sets and flashing some surprisingly high production values in the process.
Limp Bizkit and Eminem took the tour name to heart at various points, launching into diatribes against the pop stars they loathe.
“Christina Aguilera is a f***ing bitch!” Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst, dressed in his trademark khaki shorts and red baseball cap, screamed halfway through the band’s anthem “Break Stuff.”
Durst — who performed a snippet of the band’s song “Full Nelson” with Aguilera at the MTV Video Music Awards last month — accused the teen pop singer of “talking sh**” in the weeks since that onstage collaboration.
Xzibit joined Eminem for another medley, this one featuring “B**** Please
II” and the “Dr. Dre 2001″ track “What’s The Difference?”
From there, Eminem jumped into a defense of his over-the-top semantics in the face of critics. “How many people are tired of people talking sh** about me?” he said to resounding approval. “They’re not even the motherf***ers buying my album. It’s y’all.”
Papa Roach opened the night with an eight-song set that seemed tame by comparison. Frontman Coby Dick incessantly rocked back and forth as the bandmembers, dressed in black and looking pained, blasted through the set. At one point Dick exulted in mass-scale bliss when he hopped off a walkway leading out to the crowd and surfed briefly through the audience.
The Anger Management Tour plays another date at the Continental Airlines Arena on Friday before moving onto Buffalo, New York, for a Saturday show.