Posts tagged: concerts

Freddy = Diva?

By , June 30, 2009 15:07

Apparently, Limp Bizkit is no longer performing at UFC 100. I WONDER WHY? Perhaps people didn’t want to see Fred shuffle around stage like the fatass washed-up loser that he is. Perhaps ticket sales were going DOWN instead of UP once Limp Bizkit was announced as performing (we’d love to find out). Perhaps Dana White came to his senses. Maybe it’s all of the above?

Or we could go with the easiest option and listen to Durstyboy himself…

On Saturday 27th June 2009, @freddurst said:

Facts- Limp Bizkit did NOT, in any way, cancel the UFC100 concert in Las Vegas. Truth is UFC and Interscope records could not come to an agreement on certain DVD rights. With all respect to Mandalay Bay, The UFC were also unhappy with LB’s decision of wanting to switch the performance from the Beach at Mandalay Bay with its inappropriate layout for a heavy rock concert with Limp Bizkit, basically a stage in front of a pool, to a more standard concert venue also located at the mandalay Bay which was the House Of Blues. The UFC expressed they wanted a “party vibe” for this event and would not settle for any venue besides the Beach for this and other reasons. First, LB would like to confirm we are HUGE UFC fans and will always be, but feel it is unfair for UFC to falsely confirm and advertise that Limp Bizkit will be performing to only change their minds after many people have rearranged their lives and bought tickets to be in Vegas for this special concert. On that note we are proud to announce that we will still be performing on the same night out of respect for our fans. The details of when and where will follow shortly after this post. Again, all respect to UFC for inviting us in the first place. We will continue to support the UFC because it is our favorite MMA event. Stay tuned.

Sincerely,
Limp Bizkit

So, what you’re saying is…

– UFC offered you a place to perform and you jumped at the chance, because it’s violent and aggressive and you (despite claiming the contrary) & your fans love that… and you’re desperate for attention.
– Upon working out the details, UFC stated that it would be better for their broadcast and the taping of the performance if you performed at a specific venue.
– Rather than concede to this, you threw a tantrum and demanded a change of venues, even though the venue you’re demanding to use is already contracted to a show that night with other performers that has nothing to do with the UFC event.
– You probably want more money than you’re worth, since that’s usually what is involved when any sort of publishing “rights” disagreement occurs.
– UFC said thanks, but no thanks.

Well, Fred, if you wanted to play a “rock show” at a “rock venue” then you should have booked a concert yourself in the first place and not agreed to play at a televised sporting event that is based around the SPORT and NOT YOUR BAND. Way to go, Diva Durst.

Insurance, Shmensurance!

By , August 28, 2005 21:59

From Eonline.com:

Limp Bizkit could have to cough up some serious bread if the band’s insurance company gets its way.

United National Insurance Company, whose Pennsylvania-based subsidiary Diamond State Insurance was the provider for Limp Bizkit in 2000-01, is trying to back out of liability in the case surrounding the death of a teen fan at a 2001 concert.

Though the band was cleared of wrongdoing in the melee at Australia’s Big Day Out festival, where 15-year-old Jessica Michalik was killed and several other concertgoers were injured, the rap-rock outfit did incur some hefty legal fees battling separate wrongful-death claims filed by the girl’s parents. The band was dropped as defendants from the lawsuits, but other defendants eventually settled.

United National, however, filed a lawsuit Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court saying it shouldn’t have to cover the band’s court costs. Reps for the company claim that Michalik “was either crushed or trampled to death as the crowd, allegedly incited by frontman Fred Durst’s comments, surged toward the stage where Limp Bizkit was performing.”

While the band was never criminally charged, the coroner who led the inquest did release a statement saying that Durst’s words were “inflammatory.”

The insurer claims that Durst’s actions provoked the incident and therefore nullified the band’s coverage. The company is seeking a court order to confirm that it does not have to indemnify the band.

Limp lawyers dispute the contention.

“[United National] has been completely unresponsive and now [has] decided to resolve it by suing their own insured,” band attorney Ed McPherson told Reuters. “I guess that’s what happens when you buy insurance nowadays.”

Michalik’s parents, meanwhile, are taking the band’s side on this battle.

“The insurer wants to wipe their hands of what? I consider it peanuts what I received,” George Michalik told United Press International. “There is no way they should be running away from their responsibility especially since the band was cleared of any wrongdoing at Jessica’s inquest.”

While there was no immediate comment from the band, Durst has said in the past that he is still haunted by Jessica’s death.

While Bizkit hasn’t made much noise on the charts of late, the band has kept its lawyers plenty busy. Aside from the lingering Big Day Out mess, Durst was cleared in a lawsuit brought by security guard who claimed the singer kicked him in the head during a 1999 show in Minneapolis and the band is also fighting a suit filed by Chicago fans after Durst & Co. stormed off the stage midset during a 2003 concert. Most recently, Durst made headlines when a sex video was stolen off his computer, prompting a lawsuit against Websites that made the footage available.

You’d Have To Pay Me To See Him in Action, Too…

By , October 12, 2003 13:24

From E!Online:

Limp Bizkit, lame concert?

Close to 200 angry fans filed a breach-of-contract suit Wednesday, accusing the band of instigating an uprising, then storming off the stage after performing only 17 minutes of a planned hour-and-a-half gig in Chicago this summer.

The incident stems from lingering bad blood between Limp Bizkit lead singer Fred Durst and Chicago radio personality Mancow Muller, who dished out Durst barbs on his morning show.

The concert was sponsored by Muller’s station, WKQX-101.1 FM. Attendees reportedly showed up with anti-Durst signs, in keeping with the disc jockey’s diatribes.

Durst responded in kind, as he and his band mates “displayed obscene and profane messages to the crowd via four giant monitors,” according to the suit, online at the Smoking Gun. “He immediately began to challenge and encourage the crowd,” the suit continues, allegedly shouting “disgusting homophobic and anti-gay statements.”

Concert-goers turned on him, pelting Durst with garbage, and booing him. Durst showed off his impressive knowledge of four-letter words before retreating to the garbage-free safety of backstage. But he took his microphone with him and continued to denounce both Muller and the crowd.

Chicago attorney Michael Young filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of the 40,000 ticket holders for the July 26 Summer Sanitarium concert, which was co-headlined by Metallica and also featured Linkin Park. The suit to came to fruition after Young appeared on Muller’s show following the concert.

“When I left the station I had no intention of filing a suit,” Young told the Chicago Tribune, “but then people started to call and I realized how upset many of them were that they had paid a lot of money and felt ripped off.” He has since signed up 172 attendees for the suit.

Each ticket cost $75; Young plans to seek a $25 dollar refund per patron. Damages could reach $1 million, should the suit succeed.

A similar suit filed against Creed earlier this year was tossed out by a judge last month. Four fans claimed lead singer Scott Stapp was too high to perform, however, their complaints did not hold legal water.

Should the Limp Bizkit-vs.-40,000 case go to court, it won’t be Durst’s first time before a judge. In 2001, he was forced to testify in Australian court after a teenage fan died in a stampede at a Limp Bizkit concert. Though the band was exonerated, Durst was criticized by Australian officials for continuing to perform during the chaos.

Last month, Durst was sued by a security firm that claims Durst kicked one of its guards in the head twice during a 1999 concert, then bragged about it onstage. The firm seeks to recoup the almost $50,000 it has paid the guard in worker’s comp since the incident, and wants Durst to provide for any additional payments it may have to lay out in the future.

When not dodging garbage, balking on concerts or cussing out fans, Limp Bizkit makes some pretty popular music. The band’s 1999 Significant Other debuted at number one, as did 2000’s Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water. Bizkit’s most recent album, Results May Vary, came out on September 23 and is currently number six on the charts.

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