Article by Ashley Zlatopolsky
Limp Bizkit may have been under the radar and out of the spotlight over the past few years (besides 2011’s Gold Cobra), but the band is back in full swing for their first U.S. tour in nearly a decade. Besides festival appearances, all stops on the tour revisit intimate club-type venues that helped define the group’s dominant presence within nu metal throughout the late 90’s and early 00’s. Fans both old and young packed St. Andrew’s Hall in Detroit for a show that sold-out almost instantaneously, a city that hasn’t hosted the band since 2003’s Summer Sanitarium tour.
The Detroit set list contained every major hit from the band’s earlier days (circa 1997-2000), such as “My Way”, “Nookie” and “Rollin’”. It was a complete throwback to the adolescent years for numerous attendees, who crowd surfed endlessly and generated massive circle pits on the venue’s main floor. The only track missing was Limp Bizkit’s cover of George Michael’s “Faith”, but otherwise, all of the classics were essentially nailed.
Towards the end of the night, the band surprised fans with a cover of Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name”. Busting out the infamous guitar intro, Wes Borland (who dressed in the usual eccentric attire, this time with his body painted black and a LED face mask) drove the crowd insane. Fred Durst climbed onto the barricade, spitting out the opening words as concertgoers cheered loud enough to nearly drown out his voice.
Limp Bizkit closed the evening with “Break Stuff”, a track that many die-hard fans waited for nearly a decade to hear live once again.
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