The Truth About Limp Bizkit – Placebo Feud

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Feuds are an inseparable part of the rock and roll scene since many rock stars take rivalry, domination, and personal matters seriously. Many remember famous bands with their most popular songs, yet they don’t always know what is happening behind the scenes. These artists turn into big stars thanks to the incredible fame that comes with their tremendous success. Thus, waiting for them to be utterly egoless in this competitive environment is challenging. The rivalry among the mainstream bands is likely to give rise to feuds.

Whenever some of the most prominent music names engage in bitter feuds, it gets a lot of attention from the media and the fans. Whether it be a personal feud or a musical one, these bands all have something to say about the others who are their contemporaries. Limp Bizkit‘s controversial frontman Fred Durst is also no stranger to being involved in various feuds, including against Slipknot, Creed, Eminem, and Marilyn Manson. Today, we will be going over another one with Placebo.

What Happened Between Limp Bizkit And Placebo?

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When looking at how this feud between Limp Bizkit and Placebo started, it was all related to a show where they encountered each other. In December 1998, Limp Bizkit’s lead singer Fred Durst was at Irving Plaza to present a show. Placebo was also there to perform, but a disturbing surprise awaited them. As the story goes, when Fred Durst introduced Placebo to the crowd, they began chanting ‘Placebo sucks!’ as they were told to do so by Durst.

Both sides told the story differently, though. Durst later said that Placebo singer Brian Molko was very rude and even asked him to get out of the stage. Thus, the crowd reacted like that after seeing the singer’s harsh manners. Durst said Molko probably didn’t recognize him at that moment, yet what he all said was unacceptable.

Here is what Fred Durst said about the incident:

“I was on the side of the stage, and the singer comes and pushes me and says, ‘Get the f*ck out of here!’ And I’m like, ‘I’m just here because I was asked to introduce you.’ And he’s like, ‘I don’t give a f*ck who you are, get off my stage’ or whatever the f*ck he was saying. So I guess he didn’t know I was from Limp Bizkit, and I was introducing him.

So then I went up and introduced them and had the whole crowd chanting, ‘Placebo sucks!’ at their own show. And he said all types of crazy shit. He was just rude, and all the people I know who have talked to him say he is rude, so it wasn’t as if I’m the only one who has thought that.”

The feud resurfaced again during the Big Day Out festival in 2001. Both Placebo and Limp Bizkit were scheduled to perform at the festival, touring Australia and New Zealand. Following their Australia show, Placebo bassist Stefan Olsdal targeted Limp Bizkit and said they knew Bizkit didn’t like them due to their previous conflict. Olsdal implied that the band members despised their popularity in the music scene and blamed Fred Durst for being homophobic.

Stefan Olsdal’s statements on Limp Bizkit:

“When we played at the Gold Coast, I found it a bad thing. There was a bad vibe coming off a lot of people in the audience, just knowing that they were there to see Limp Bizkit. At the same time, it might turn them onto us if they have a preconceived notion of who we are – that we are glammed-up poncy little dolls who can’t play rock but then see us live and get into it.

We’ve come to blows with them before. Limp Bizkit certainly doesn’t like us; they’ve made that perfectly clear once before. They said they couldn’t believe that a band with only one good song could have such a high billing on a gig we both played. I’ve never seen our manager so angry or that close to getting physical. I think there is a lot of negativity in what they do, and I don’t think me being gay would endear me to Fred Durst either.”

However, in the following years, there was no counterattack from either side, which eventually ended the feud. This is neither the first nor the last conflict between two bands since they are likely to run into each other in various places.