Fred Durst misses Limp Bizkit, and he misses Wes Borland — a lot.
A few weeks back, LB’s red-baseball-cap-sporting frontman updated the band’s MySpace blog with an honest and seemingly heartfelt plea to his nü metal brethren to revive the Bizkit and tour the world. “I would love to do a tour with the original [lineup],” he wrote. “The feeling we have on stage as Limp Bizkit is like no other feeling I have ever had, and no other feeling has been so rewarding.”
But of course, there’s been years of publicly spilled bad blood between Durst — who has been focusing on filmmaking in recent years (see “Fred Durst: The Next Martin Scorsese?” ) — and Borland (see “Durst Attacks Wes Borland In Song, Blogs Over Bizkit Talk” ). The guitarist has since cut ties with Limp to go out on his own (see “Bye Bye Bizkit? Wes Borland Says Limp Are Pretty Much Done” ). His band, Black Light Burns, will issue their debut LP, Cruel Melody, on June 5.
“Imagine that me and Wes could work things out together and be a band again,” Durst wrote. “We had so many wonderful times … [and] I am proud to say that I have learned so much from my mistakes and it has taken a long time to evolve to this place where I finally let myself be healed. Without Wes, I wouldn’t know what it is like to work with the best.”
Well, it looks like Durst is just going to have to settle for a different guitarist if he’s truly interested in making a comeback with the Bizkit, because for Borland, there is only Black Light Burns.
“I am in this for the long haul,” Borland said during a recent interview with MTV News. “The whole Limp thing is absolutely, offensively impossible. I’ve been through that several times now, and it’s always the same thing. It’s very predictable how that group of people, when they come together, what happens. Him calling me out and saying that he’s different and wants the band back together … I mean, I’ve seen it three times before. And what happens is, I go, ‘OK, let’s make it work,’ and three months later, we completely hate each other. It’s nothing against Fred — that’s just how it works. I understand that the intentions are good, and that he means what he said, but I can’t waste any of my time trying to make that happen, because it’s a scenario that just doesn’t work out.”
While Borland’s thankful for the times he did have with Limp — or at least the times he says it worked well — “I am just ready to do something I believe in more, and something that makes me happier,” he said. “I’m too old to be farting around with stuff that isn’t precisely what I want to do. This is my focus now, whether it blows up quick or it flunks. Either way, I don’t really care. I just want to be back in the world, doing music and meeting people — doing my thing.”
Borland said Black Light Burns plan to spend much of this year and next touring. He’s compiled a touring band that features drummer Marshall Kilpatric, who some may remember from the Esoteric and Today Is the Day. His band will head out with Chevelle for a tour that kicks off in Chicago on April 30 and wraps May 23 in Clifton Park, New York. After that, Borland said they’ll head out on their own headlining run, and at some point early next year, he said he plans to begin working on Cruel Melody‘s follow-up. He’s been working with Kilpatric on several new tunes.
“I don’t want to take as long to do the next record as this one took, because this one was sort of about finding my own way, and now I know how it works, so it’ll be a lot easier,” he said. (Borland spent more than three years working on Cruel Melody.) “The band’s built, and now I just have to crank out a bunch of songs.”
Borland said he plans to work on new material from his bus, over the course of the next few months of touring. And in just a few weeks, the first video from Black Light, for the track “Lie,” will be making its TV debut. In the clip, Borland is killed off by the members of From First to Last — a band he did a brief stint with (see “From First To Last Are Done With Wes Borland, Target Rob Zombie” ) — who are all dressed in masks and robes. His body is dragged off to a party by a gaggle of go-go dancers, and Wes parties his undead ass off. During the video’s shooting, Borland nearly lost a tooth.
“We were performing, and there was all this water on the floor,” he explained. “I slipped a few times and busted my lip open. And I also chipped my tooth on my microphone.”
Making Cruel Melody — which Borland recorded with ex-Nine Inch Nails multi-instrumentalist Danny Lohner, drumming hired gun Josh Freese, and Josh Eustis of Telefon Tel Aviv fame, and features guest spots by former From First to Last frontman Sonny Moore, Limp bassist Sam Rivers, British singer Carina Round and Concrete Blonde’s Johnette Napolitano — was a liberating experience for Borland, as he’s transitioned from musician to vocalist with ease. And really, he doesn’t know what sort of reaction he’ll get from fans.
“All I want is for it to grow, and I just hope that it continues to reach people and sustain us so that we can tour a lot,” he explained. “I feel like people don’t know what to expect, because it’s, like, the dude with the black contacts that was, like, Fred’s sidekick — that’s probably what most people are thinking. And it’s fine, because I don’t expect anyone to welcome this with open arms, because it is different from other things I’ve done. But it’s the most real I’ve ever been before — it’s the most pure me. So if you don’t like this, you don’t like me as an artist.”