Fred Durst’s Self-Defence About Woodstock ’99 Riot

The Woodstock Music Festival, organized between August 15 and August 18, 1969, radically changed the music world and became a symbol of the counterculture movement of the 1960s. It was an iconic movement initiated by the American youth and carried messages of peace and love. Many prominent artists like Jimi Hendrix, the Who, Janis Joplin, the Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead, and more performed at the festival.

It has had such a monumental impact on the culture and society that it is still remembered with its memorable performances and peaceful atmosphere. In the following years, various music events were held for the anniversaries of Woodstock. While Woodstock ’99 was planned with high hopes to revive the spirit of the 1969 event, it would ultimately turn out to be a huge disappointment.

What Happened At the Woodstock ’99?

Considering the massive impact of Woodstock 1969, expectations were high also for Woodstock 1999. It took place between July 22 and July 25, 1999, in New York, with approximately 200,000 audiences, and the stampede started from day one. The organizers failed to supply adequate water for the festivalgoers, which left the crowd frustrated. The hot temperature was also an issue that made the audience feel exhausted and dehydrated.

It didn’t take long for things to get completely out of control. Multiple sexual assaults, violence, and vandalism overshadowed the importance of the special event. During the highly anticipated performance of Limp Bizkit, chaos ruled, and the crowd demonstrated violent behavior, which also continued after the gig. Several sexual assaults were also reported. The band’s frontman Fred Durst was among those charged with the unpleasant violations.

What Did Fred Durst Say About Woodstock ’99?

When Limp Bizkit took the stage at Woodstock on Saturday night, and the frustrated crowd started acting violently, the band’s lead singer Fred Durst told the audience not to calm down and keep their energetic moods. However, this statement caused him to be held responsible for the escalation of the unfortunate series of incidents.

In an interview in 2012 about Woodstock ’99, Fred Durst defended himself by saying that he never understood why he was blamed for inciting the crowd to riot. He described the show as one of the greatest concerts they’ve ever performed. The singer didn’t believe the band was the chief responsible for ruining everything and causing all that damage.

Here is what Durst said about the festival:

“When we were onstage, it was the greatest concert of all time. I had no idea that the finger would be pointed at me as a guy starting a riot. But I guess, to this day, it’s going to be something that Limp Bizkit f*cked up.”

During another interview with the Washington Post, the musician opened up about the issue once again and claimed that he didn’t see anyone getting hurt. He was enjoying his performance at the moment. Since the stage was also far from the crowd, it was almost impossible for them to realize what was happening below.

Durst’s words on the incidents:

“I didn’t see anybody getting hurt. You don’t see that. When you’re looking out on a sea of people and the stage is twenty feet in the air, and you’re performing, and you’re feeling your music, how do they expect us to see something bad going on?”

Thus, the singer defended himself with these statements by rejecting taking responsibility for what happened there. According to him, they can’t be blamed for all the tragic scenes because they weren’t aware that something terrible was happening.