When Limp Bizkit announces a special, one-off show for only $3 (as a nod to their debut album, Three Dolla Bill Ya’ll) then of course you refresh Ticketfly as soon as tickets go on sale. The “nu-metal” band that was heard everywhere at the turn of the century sold out the Troubadour in L.A. in literally seconds. I personally couldn’t get through for tickets at the strike of 3pm PT, but @hetalbot did and he provided all of the videos and coverage for us here.
The show, a warmup to their string of festival dates beginning this weekend, then proceeding to Europe this spring, was a nostalgia-filled set of their greatest hits and head bangers. Not to mention: some A-list special guests were on hand — Marilyn Manson, Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins, and Steve Perry of Journey. MGK was also there. (EDIT: Turns out it was Steve Perry cover singer Frank Dee but the way Fred Durst presented it and crowd reacted, it seemed like it was the real Perry. Damn good cover singer.)
The night’s first surreal moment, aside from the whole experience of seeing Limp Bizkit live in 2019 itself (with the whole band back together by the way: shoutout Wes Borland), was Fred Durst up in the VIP balcony singing “My Way” with Marilyn Manson who may or may not have known the chorus:
As you can also see above, Fred Durst stage dived for “Rollin”, you know, the Undertaker’s American Badass theme song, and later remixed with DMX, Method Man, and Redman. The stage dive might’ve been rusty but the love was real. Durst also teased the crowd that they’re a bunch of cheapskates and that this was a $3 karaoke night (the lyrics were displayed behind the band all night).
Other classics included “Break Stuff” and a clip of Wes Borland being a total badass on guitar to kick off “My Generation”. Never forget: Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Eminem all made cameos in the “Break Stuff” video. Also never forget: Fred Durst made out with Halle Berry in the “Behind Blue Eyes” video. What a time.
Alas: for the encore… the surprise of the night had to be the legendary Steve Perry of Journey performing one of the greatest end songs in all of rock history: “Don’t Stop Believing”. Not to mention: (EDIT: the Steve Perry cover singer sounding great!) Hetal didn’t catch it on video, but Wes and some friends were just sitting next to his amp Indian-style like little kids while he sang. That’d be us too.
Of course, Limp Bizkit would then close it out for good, after some covers of Green Day, Pantera, and Metallica, they ended on what may be my favorite LB song of them all: “Take a Look Around”. I listened to the M:I2 theme all summer of 2000, having never heard a guitar combined with the distinct chords of Mission: Impossible like Borland executed. I can still recite Durst’s memorable verses a capella and I’ve also been wearing New Era ever since. Fitting close.
Needless to say: tonight was well worth the $5.18 with service fee.