Live: Limp Bizkit
Entertainment Centre, Sydney 26/10/2013
Review: Emily Swanson | Photos: Sandra Markovic
We’re not gonna lie: the announcement that Limp Bizkit – the arguable lords of rap rock and nu metal – would be returning to Oz for their first run of headline shows got the staff at BLUNT HQ a tad excited. After all, we probably wouldn’t be able to get through each magazine deadline without them. Having returned to Australia for the 2012 edition of Soundwave, their sets across the country scored sizeable crowds and saw more tits out than any other act on the bill. Never underestimate the power of nostalgia music.
The Entertainment Centre played host to Fred Durst and co. for the evening and somehow, the year was 1999 again. The baggy jeans, ironic goatees and coloured caps were plentiful, and everyone in attendance seemed to have one clear goal in mind – find that balance between headbanging like a champ and not spilling your Tooheys.
As if apologising for having stayed away for so long, Limp Bizkit didn’t muck around. Opening with a cover of Ministry’s 1990 hit “Thieves”, it was soon time for everyone to throw their hands up and keep on rollin’, rollin’, rollin’, rollin’ (what?!) and rock out in unison because L-I-M-P Bizkit were right here. It was an utter winner on the night even if only for the fact that every person in attendance recalled the lyrics with ease and “rolled” their arms along with a blinged up Durst.
Despite coming more than a decade after two of their most commercially successful efforts, “Bring It Back” and “Gold Cobra” from the 2011 album of the same name saw the crowd just as stoked on the band’s newer output, and although we weren’t treated to the band’s most recent single, “Ready To Go”, we’re still keenly eyeballing the release date for 2014’s Stampede Of The Disco Elephants.
As is custom with every Limp Bizkit show, axeman Wes Borland was a vision. With his body covered in white paint and adorned in an LED face mask that travelled down his right arm, Borland looked akin to a futuristic cyber villain, as he shredded his way through the LB catalogue. If you can conjure an image of a Leatherface-meets-Robocop crossover clutching a black V-Guitar, you’re pretty much there.
As was expected, Durst took a moment to dedicate the night to Jessica Michalik, the girl who passed away due to injuries she sustained in the mosh pit during Limp Bizkit’s Sydney Big Day Out show back in 2001, and it added a sentimental quality to the already nostalgic show. They indulged the crowd with key tracks from Chocolate Starfish And The Hot Dog Flavoured Water, making for a welcome trifecta with “My Generation”, “Livin’ It Up” and “My Way”, and soon decided it was time to “suck George Michael’s dick right now” with their much-loved take on “Faith”.
Three quarters of the way through their set, the Bizkit surprised us with another cover: Rage Against The Machine’s stellar ‘fuck you’ anthem, “Killing In The Name”. And it sounded every bit as good as we hoped it would. While it would be safe to call the track a highlight, there was one song that we were all shamelessly hoping we’d hear. “The whole night has led up to this moment. Let’s do it man, I’m fucking ready” called Durst before Borland began the opening riffs of, you guessed it, our office anthem “Break Stuff”. It was a religious experience for everyone’s mosh-lovin’ inner bogan.