Limp Bizkit Stage Their Own Execution In Video

'Re-Arranged' clip responds to accusations band incited violence at Woodstock '99.

Thrash-rap rockers Limp Bizkit stage their own execution in the video

for "Re-Arranged" as a satirical response to accusations that they incited

violence during their Woodstock '99 set.

Fans praised the band's decision to make a statement through its art.

But some industry insiders wondered whether the clip, released Monday,

is a clever vehicle for the band to defend itself or simply a guarantee

to keep eyebrows raised.

"I think they're probably just fighting back against somebody making them

the scapegoat," said Eileen Grobe, sponsorship manager of the skater-punk Vans

Warped Tour, which has featured the band. "It's probably a good

idea, and hey, it's a good publicity stunt, too. It gets more people

talking about it."

Limp Bizkit, and frontman Fred Durst in particular, found themselves

under attack following their performance on July 24, the second day of

the three-day 30th-anniversary Woodstock festival. Police and on-site

doctors said crowd unruliness — which resulted in vandalism and

hundreds of injuries — reached a peak during Limp Bizkit's set.

Durst has been accused of egging on the chaos.

In the clip to "Re-Arranged" (RealAudio

excerpt), Limp Bizkit are shown in separate cells of a prison

and on trial in a courtroom. A judge, portrayed by MTV VJ Matt Pinfield,

and a jury watch footage from the band's Woodstock performance.

The video also depicts newspapers with fake headlines, such as "Limp

Bizkit Accused of Inciting Riots" and "Limp Bizkit Guilty Until Proven

Innocent." The clip, which Durst directed, ends with the band being

drowned in an execution room, while men and women dressed in suits witness

their deaths from a viewing booth. The band continues rocking as the

room fills with water.

The camera cuts to performance footage and then back to the room, now

empty but for a copy of Significant Other — the album which

contains "Re-Arranged" and "Nookie" (RealAudio

excerpt), its first single. The camera zooms in on the album

resting on top of a drain, then Limp Bizkit are shown floating against

a white backdrop.

"Are we in heaven?" guitarist Wes Borland asks. "I think we're dead."

"Dude, if we were in heaven, I'd be kickin' it with Method Man right now,"

Durst answers, referring to the Wu-Tang Clan rapper and solo artist.

Durst told MTV News last week he chose the video's concept because, "It

sort of sucks to have the finger pointed at you, and all you're doing is

a Limp Bizkit show."

Woodstock '99 spokesperson Hayley Sumner would not offer comment on the

video because she said she had not yet seen the clip at press time.

Woodstock promoters John Scher and Michael Lang did not return phone calls

Tuesday (Sept. 14). The promoters earlier admitted that some of the

problems on the second day of Woodstock resulted from bad planning.

Scher said organizers were "victims of our own idea" by scheduling

back-to-back sets by Limp Bizkit and fellow hard-rockers Rage Against

the Machine and Metallica.

Scher also defended Durst against accusations that he incited violence,

saying the singer was prevented from doing more to calm the crowd by

problems with the public-address system.

Limp Bizkit fans said the video is a smart response to the band's being

attacked unjustly for things that were inevitable at such a large concert.

"I really believe that Limp Bizkit was given a lot of undeserved blame

from Woodstock '99," was a typical fan comment. It was written by

15-year-old Casey Jones, who runs the fan website "BoNg's Limp Bizkit


"They were just doing what comes natural onstage and it isn't their fault

that the place turned into a disaster," Jones wrote. "I think that they

are mocking justice because it's a bunch of BS."

Gary Bongiovanni, editor of the touring-industry magazine Pollstar,

said the video won't have any effect on how the concert industry views

Limp Bizkit. He said most promoters didn't pass judgment against the band

as a result of Woodstock.

"No promoter [would refuse to] promote a Limp Bizkit date at this point

in time," he said. "The band's hot and they're selling tickets. The danger

is if they develop a reputation where they might be considered a threat

to public safety, and that really hasn't happened. People forgive an

isolated incident. If it becomes a pattern, then people get concerned."