Fred Durst has something to say about beef both definitions of the word.
"I never really had a real beef," Durst said recently about the unflattering comments he made onstage about Creed a few years back (see "Limp, Creed Trade Barbs At KROCK Show"). "I've expressed my opinion very publicly, just the same way if I would've got onstage and said, 'I f---ing hate hamburgers. I hate them so bad. Hamburgers are the worst.' But it wasn't. It was about something I didn't like about someone else. It wasn't a real beef. I don't personally know the guy."
Durst's beef with Creed, a rivalry that appears to have settled (see "Durst's Disses Won't Muddy Creed's Selection Of Tour Openers"), was back on the table during a recent New York stop on Limp Bizkit's nationwide guitarist search, where the lyricist-turned-music mogul spent the better half of an hour-long interview with MTV News proclaiming, "I am not a hater."
Limp Bizkit's historically outspoken frontman had recently read comments from his former bandmate, guitarist Wes Borland, that he called "rude." Durst felt Borland called him a sellout, something that would normally invoke remarks like the ones he made about Creed singer Scott Stapp ("That guy is a f---ing egomaniac. He's a f---ing punk!"). But in a post-September 11 world, Durst has learned to keep his messages positive. "Now is not the time for hatred," he said shortly after the terrorist attacks (see "Fred Durst: Give Peace A Chance").
And if you don't believe Durst is a changed man, he has a few words about Creed that might convince you.
"I got [Creed's Weathered] when it came out," Durst said. "It's a great record. It's no filler. It's like these guys know how to write songs. They know how to write songs so the melody and the words and the things, you'll just wake up in the morning and you're singing it for some reason. Then you sing it to a friend and they're singing it all day and you didn't even hear it on the radio. That song 'My Sacrifice,' it's probably the biggest song of this year, like rock band song. I can't stop singing that song."
Durst even offered somewhat of an apology to Stapp, who repeatedly shot back verbally at Durst and even challenged him to a boxing match (see "Creed Goes After Fred Durst Again").
"I had an opinion," Durst said. "They're like a--holes, everybody has one. It was just that way, and if it offended you I'm sorry, but go on. And if there's any truth in it at all, help it to better yourself. If there's not, f--- me. It was just me. The thing with this guy is just going on forever, and I'm not going to box you, bro. I don't fight people for fun."
Now that that's settled, Durst has another beef to clear up. Eminem dissed Limp Bizkit after the group's DJ Lethal said Eminem rival Everlast could take on the Detroit MC (see "Eminem Disses Limp Bizkit Members On D12 Album").
"I don't have beef with the guy. I think the guy is brilliant. I think the guy attacked us innocent people. I was like, 'Hey man, we can't do this song with you against Everlast.' Lethal might have said, 'Hey if they got in a fight ... whatever.' I don't think it deserves a crazy lashing. But you know what? I got it. And I'm not going to rat pack against that guy."
In the wake of September 11, any sort of beef seems petty to Durst. He said he realizes there are people around the world who dislike him for various reasons and he wishes he could spend a few minutes with all of them so they could see he is not a bad guy. "I don't think you'd feel the same way you feel [after meeting me]," he said.
Durst is also cleaning up his own attitude toward others, especially in what he says in his music, onstage or to the media.
"I'm starting to slowly become more of a man and go, 'That is forever,' " Durst said. "I'm on TV. People are listening to me, and some kids are really affected by things that people say. I start thinking back to myself, going, 'I remember when Elvis would say something. I remember when Kurt Cobain would say something or Led Zeppelin.' I'd go, 'Oh my God.' I would really almost change my thinking because I looked up to you or I believed in you or you touched me through your music."
Durst still has his opinions about things and definitely believes there is some "really bad rock" music circulating the airwaves. But he would rather talk about the good stuff.
"The bands that are making records that everybody's sort of recognizing as being somewhat moving and touching to these people in a mass way, I'm a fan of all those bands," Durst said. "I actually like Linkin Park. The melodies are just undeniable. I'm sitting in there going, 'Crawling in my ...,' like, 'Oh sh--, that is phat.' I won't deny a song or a melody. I can't deny it. I'm not a hater, so the same way when I found Staind, or when I found Puddle of Mudd, I want them to succeed, man."