Limp Bizkit Walk Offstage After Chicago Crowd Gets Hostile
Fred Durst took his own advice at Saturday night's Summer Sanitarium show outside Chicago. When fans wouldn't do things his way, the Limp Bizkit singer hit the highway.
After suffering through an abbreviated half-hour set in which he was pelted with plastic bottles, boos and chants of "F--- Fred Durst," the head Bizkit exploded in a torrent of profanity and stormed off the stage.
The animosity toward Limp Bizkit among the estimated 40,000 fans at the Hawthorne Racetrack had been building all day, according to Bob Gendron, who reviewed the show for the Chicago Tribune. "From the very beginning of the show, there were people in the crowd with 'Fred Sucks' banners, and every time one of the other bands mentioned Limp Bizkit, [the audience] booed," said Gendron.
According to Gendron and fan reports on Limp Bizkit's Web site, Durst was hit with a shower of bottles, change and other projectiles from the moment he walked onstage around 7 p.m. The singer crouched down at first and tried to weather the storm, but he was soon calling the haters "f---ing pu----s." The boos kept coming, and during "My Generation" Durst insulted the crowd and the city with more curses and anti-gay slurs, then he dared audience members to come up and fight him.
"His first response was like, 'Bring it on!,' " said Anders Smith Lindall, who reviewed the show for the Chicago Sun-Times. "It was that thing of, 'We're Limp Bizkit and we love it when you hate us.' But then he started getting frustrated and saying things like, 'This is why your baseball teams suck. None of you are good pitchers. You can't hit me with your garbage.' "
Durst's foul mood continued through "Break Stuff," a cover of Metallica's "Sanitarium" and "My Way." After Bizkit blitzed through their cover of George Michael's "Faith," the singer walked off the stage, just six songs into what was supposed to be an hour-long set. He continued his profanity-laced tirade from offstage, with shouts about how the band would be back and boasts that, "We are the greatest band in the world!" The abbreviated performance caused a 90-minute delay between Bizkit and headliners Metallica.
Limp Bizkit's label had no comment on the incident.
The bad vibes continued when Metallica later thanked the bands on the bill, with all of the groups drawing loud applause except Bizkit, Gendron said. Lindall said the animosity might have stemmed from a long-running feud between Bizkit and popular Chicago radio personality "Mancow" Mueller, who had been slagging Durst on-air for several days leading up the concert.
Though Bizkit fared better on Sunday at Minneapolis' Metrodome, that show did not go off without a hitch. Mudvayne played to a practically empty house when they hit the stage 10 minutes early, and the Deftones had to cancel due to an undisclosed illness affecting frontman Chino Moreno, according to a report in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
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