[Jacksonville, FL] At one time, Jacksonville’s Limp Bizkit could do no wrong. The band’s powerhouse album Significant Other debuted at #1 on Billboard‘s “Top 100 Albums” and sold in excess of 16 million copies around the world.
Even Limp Bizkit‘s poorly received (and horribly titled) 2000 effort Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water is in the record books as the all-time fastest-selling rock album.
Now the one-time rap-rock heroes are music industry goats: the band’s latest studio album – Gold Cobra, released over the summer – has only managed to sell a measly 63,000 copies (according to Nielsen SoundScan and reported by Blabbermouth.net) prompting a parting of the ways with Interscope, Bizkit’s longtime major-label imprint.
What’s even more shocking is the fact that Cobra was the first to feature the group’s original line-up since Starfish and it still failed to make even a pebble-sized dent.
For their part, the band is acting like this is good news.
“… Finally we have been able to get off our label and become independent,” frontman Fred Durst offered last month during an appearance on the Poolside With Dean Delray podcast.
Limp Bizkit’s Gold Cobra
Durst continued: “One of the things with Gold Cobra was that that was a record, for us, to do for ourselves, for the core fans, for some of the people that we know in the industry – it wasn’t our step forward to make a big pop, smash radio record.”
So what’s next for the group? Touring in other countries where the band’s legacy is better appreciated, according to Durst.
“We do very, very good on our touring, and we mainly tour outside the United States,” said Durst. “It seems like in the United States, man, they’re waiting on a song, they’re waiting on a hit, and the rest of the world doesn’t necessarily operate that way; they’re, sort of, career people.”
A check of the Limp Bizkit‘s website reveals no scheduled concert appearances.
***CORRECTION*** In the previous version of this post, the man in the picture wearing an Iron Maiden shirt was incorrectly identified as Fred Durst, when in fact he is show host Dean Delray. We apologize for the error. The current picture IS of Fred Durst performing live with the band during the Gold Cobra tour.
By: Mark Christopher/Sunshine Slate