With a string of scrapped titles and release dates in its wake, the new Limp Bizkit album may seem like it's getting farther from completion with each passing day. In a recent e-mail, however, Fred Durst insists that the LP, which is in the final stretch of production, "rocks."
"It's so ready to rip the heads off any haters out there," he wrote in a letter sent to subscribers to the band's e-mail list.
Despite multiple postings on the Limp Bizkit Web site, www.limpbizit.com, that announced album titles that ranged from Bipolar to Panty Sniffer, Durst said that the title of the band's first album of new material in three years is none of the above.
"It's a secret already,' the frontman said. "The fake titles are for the people who just won't be patient."
Although Limp Bizkit's fourth studio album was recently revamped to include the services of new axeman Mike Smith (see "Limp Bizkit Start Over On New LP With Guitarist Mike Smith"), Durst soothed his worried fans by declaring, "It's still Limp Bizkit, and that is a fact."
That doesn't mean that the follow-up to Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water, which is still expected to drop in September, will be a retread. "Don't be scared of the metal" and "Don't be scared of the growth," he offered as advice when hearing the new effort, which, incidentally, Durst said no one has heard, despite a few record reviews that have surfaced in some magazines.
He also took a moment to turn the other cheek to two of the other bands on the Summer Sanitarium trek, which begins July 4 in Pontiac, Michigan (see ""More Dates Added To Metallica/ Limp Bizkit/ Linkin Park Tour"). In response to Deftones singer Chino Moreno's comments made in Revolver magazine ("A big problem for me was opening for Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park, two bands that wouldn't exist if it weren't for me, straight up!") and Metallica's Kirk Hammett's insinuation that Durst went back to the drawing board for the Bizkit LP after hearing St. Anger, Durst wrote, "All I've heard is sh-- talk going on from other bands on the bill. It's sad that they see this tour as a competition. I see it as summer camp with the fellas. I think Limp Bizkit is secure enough to completely avoid talking sh-- about anybody."
Durst ended his correspondence by bringing fans up to date on his personal life and other projects he's working on. First, he still has a crush on Angelina Jolie. The self-professed "greatest dad in the world" claims his nearly 2-year-old son Dallas is getting "cooler and cooler every day." After Summer Sanitarium concludes, he'll begin directing the horror movie "Life Without Joe," leaving other film projects "Runt," "Wanna Be," and "Lords of Dogtown" alone for the time being (see "Fred Durst To Start Rollin' Film On Skateboard Flick"). And finally, to make amends for having to cancel a handful of European festivals in order to finish the new album, he plans to stage a "big-ass" free concert, which he promised would be "sick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"