Are they doing it all for the nookie? How else to explain Limp Bizkit’s decision to reunite? Today, the kings of nu-metal announced on their website that the original line-up is reforming for a tour and new album.
In a statement, LB’s long-feuding partners Fred Durst and Wes Borland said, “We decided we were more disgusted and bored with the state of heavy popular music than we were with each other. Regardless of where our separate paths have taken us, we recognize there is a powerful and unique energy with this particular group of people we have not found anywhere else. This is why Limp Bizkit is back.” Guitarist Borland contentiously split with the group in 2001, only to come back briefly for about a year in 2004.
The tour will start this Spring on the European festival circuit. No further details on the album or U.S. dates have been announced, although Billboard reports the CD will come out on the group’s long time home, Interscope Records.
For a little history on the band, LB’s first three albums sold more than 20 million copies in the U.S. alone, according to the website. The biggest seller was “Significant Other,” which has sold more than 7 million copies, according to the RIAA and featured the band’s biggest hits, including “Nookie” and “Rearranged.” It is followed by “Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water,” which has sold more than six million. (The album remains one of the few to sell 1 million in its opening week of release. Aahhh…, the good old days.) Subsequent titles, such as 2003’s “Results May Vary” and 2005’s EP, “The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1),” did not fare nearly as well.
That’s why we question how this reunion will fare. It could be a concert success, like the New Kids on the Block Reunion, but we don’t even really know how much clamoring there is for LB given that the band’s success was petering out for the last several years of its life.
Interestingly, Durst has proven himself in other fields since LB, primarily as a director of “The Longshots” and “The Education of Charlie Banks.” He’s also acted in a number of features, including two episodes of “House M.D.”
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