Limp Bizkit, which rose to fame in the Jacksonville underground music scene of the late ’90s, has seen various activity levels over the years. They hit the peak of their popularity with albums like ‘Three Dollar Bill, Y’all’ and ‘Significant Other’ decades ago but have been relatively quiet in recent years.
The band’s last album, ‘Still Sucks,’ came out in 2021, and since then, there have been no new releases from them, although they plan for a few live performances in late 2023. Despite a quieter period, Limp Bizkit, especially frontman Fred Durst, kept their solid fanbase, as seen in their millions of views on Spotify. But there are still a few things fans should know about the band’s frontman.
8. He Tried Different Music Genres
Fred Durst, mainly recognized for his role in the nu-metal genre, has dabbled in different musical styles. His career has seen a mix of metal, punk, hip-hop, and other elements in songs like ‘Nookie,’ ‘Break Stuff,’ ‘Rollin’,’ and ‘My Way.’ This combination of genres played a part in creating Limp Bizkit’s sound in the late ’90s and early 2000s.
7. He Collaborated With Many Artists
Over the years, Durst has collaborated with many artists. Limp Bizkit has worked on different projects with Pharrell Williams, Lil Wayne, Christina Aguilera, Method Man, and Eminem. At the same time, the vocalist has also pursued collaborations as a solo artist through songs like ‘All In The Family’ with Korn, ‘Bleed’ with Soulfly, ‘Seamless’ with Corey Feldman, and ‘Bang Ya Head’ with WARGASM.
6. He Was Involved In Wrestling World
The Undertaker used Limp Bizkit’s ‘Rollin’ (Air Raid Vehicle)’ as entrance music from 2000-2002. In addition, the video games, ‘WWF Smackdown! Just Bring It’ and ‘WWF Raw,’ featured Durst as playable and unlockable characters. At some point, the singer also appeared as a guest host on WWE’s ‘Monday Night Raw’ and was part of a storyline with John Cena.
5. He’s Also A Director And An Actor
Durst explored roles beyond music, shifting toward film direction and acting in the past. He directed movies like ‘The Education Of Charlie Banks’ and ‘The Longshots,’ and became the director of music videos for bands such as Korn and Staind. His acting included cameo roles in ‘Zoolander,’ the TV show ‘House,’ and a side role as Evan Jealous in 2005’s ‘Sorry, Haters.’
4. He Faced Controversies Throughout His Career
Throughout his career, the vocalist got involved in several controversies. These included disagreements with other musicians and his bandmates, while he also made the headlines due to some past incidents. In the late ’90s and recent years, Limp Bizkit received criticism for riling up tensions at the Woodstock ’99 frenzy. Durst personally faced legal issues when he pleaded guilty to charges, including assault, battery, and reckless driving in his early career.
3. He Has A Passion For Photography And Social Media
Durst is quite active on social media, regularly engaging with fans and updating them on his life and work. With more than a million followers, the singer often posts different types of photographs on platforms like X and expresses interest in their management, as he did last year with a tweet that offered Elon Musk help on the matter.
2. He’s Been An Advocate For Mental Health
The singer has spoken about his experiences with abuse and bullying and how they impacted his mental health during his past interviews. In a chat with Metal Hammer, he once shared his struggles, saying there was ‘always a lot of pain’ in his life. That’s why he encourages others to get help for their mental health issues and has a neck tattoo that reads ‘Pain is love’ to remind himself of his journey.
1. He’s A Philanthropist
Durst supports various charitable causes, though he’s not directly linked to any specific organization. He has shown support for Stand Up To Cancer and has used his influence to raise awareness for charities through benefit concerts directed towards disaster relief, cancer research, and helping underprivileged children.