Fred Durst may have picked a winner for his new guitarist.
Former Snot guitarist Mike Smith is likely to join Limp Bizkit, according to a source close to the band. Smith played with Limp Bizkit during their performance of "Rollin' " and the new song "Crack Addict" at WrestleMania XIX on March 30, as did Korn's Brian "Head" Welch, who "played just for fun," according to a post on www.limpbizkit.com.
"We really like jamming with Mike," Durst wrote on the site. "He's dope. This you will find out soon enough."
Fans can gauge Smith's "dope-itude" for themselves in May, when Durst promised to embark on another "guerilla tour" of free shows. Bizkit employed a similar tactic following the release of 1999's Significant Other, wherein the location of each concert was announced only that morning.
Official word on Smith's enlistment and other details are expected shortly from Limp Bizkit's label, Interscope Records.
Smith replaces founding guitarist Wes Borland, who split with the group in October 2001 (see "Wes Borland: Why He Left Limp Bizkit").
Durst also claimed that the new Limp Bizkit album, due June 17, is nearing completion. The follow-up to 2000's Chocolate Starfish and the Hotdog Flavored Water had been called Bipolar, and Less Is More before that, so despite Durst's latest claim that it now carries the moniker The Search for Teddy Swoes, it's hard to know for sure what will be scrawled across its cover.
It's also not known whether recent collaborations with Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, and Bubba Sparxxx will appear on the LP (see "Snoop Dogg, Bubba Sparxxx May Appear On Limp Bizkit Album").