Jacksonville Rockstars: Limp Bizkit

Jacksonville Rockstars: Limp Bizkit

The band is arguably the most successful music act to emerge from Jacksonville and is comprised of Fred Durst, Wes Borland, Sam Rivers, John Otto, DJ lethal. They helped to pioneer the hip-hop and nu-metal mix that bled over from the late 1990s into the early 2000s with their blaring guitars and Durst’s lead vocals. Guitarist Borland has left the band (and returned) several times since its formation.

Limp Bizkit’s most successful local venue during the early part of their career was the Milk Bar on Adams Street in downtown Jackonville. They played there often during the mid 1990s. From there, with the help of Durst’s contacts with the bands Korn and Garbage, Limp Bizkit got their first album, Three Dollar Bill, Yall$, produced. The sales were poor initially, but grew later on, in large part due to their performance at Ozzfest in 1997. The notoriety that followed them from this initial performance would take them to superstardom.

 

Their next album, Significant Other which was released in 1999, is what would truly take the band from being a local Jacksonville phenomenon to being over the top as a worldwide rock sensation. It featured their number one single, Nookie, which is still played on radio in 2011 and is possibly Limp Bizkit’s most widely recognized song.

 

Notable incidents in Limp Bizkit’s career:

  • Fred Durst is accused of inciting riots during Woodstock in 1999 while performing the song Break Stuff.

  • Set a record for sales of a rock album in its first week of release with Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water in 2000.