Nu-metal band Limp Bizkit wows fans with a career-spanning set on the always sucks Jour with support from Yung Gravy, Dying Wish and Wargasm UK.
Promising rock and nu-metal band United Kingdom start the evening with an energetic set. Led by Sam Matlock and Milkie Way (Rachel Hastings) on vocals, they generated a lot of buzz in the industry and won the Heavy Music Awards 2021″Best British Breakthrough Group. Jonathan Davis of Korn recently named them his favorite nu-metal revival band.
They rip their set which includes the new song “Drildo”. The songs are driven by wicked percussion from Adam Breeze. Sam and Milkie Way use the whole stage, running and jumping. At one point, Sam gets close to the fans and briefly goes crowd surfing while singing. They close with “Spit” and a little excerpt from Metallica’s “Fuel” which makes the crowd scream. Fans should expect to hear a lot more from Wargasm UK in the future.
The Next Step is an Oregon-based metalcore band last wish. The band includes Emma Boster (vocals), Sam Reynolds (lead guitar), Pedro Carrillo (rhythm guitar), Andrew Le (bass), and Jeff Lambra (drums). They rip several songs off their 2021 debut album Fragments of a bitter memory. They too got a lot of buzz and were nominated for “Best International Breakthrough Band” at the British Heavy Music Awards.
Their set is not for the faint of heart as it features intense and harsh vocals. The stage is very bright and, sometimes, we can only make out the silhouettes of the group. Emma is the focal point as she works the stage, bouncing and butting between chants. It’s a short but very entertaining set.
Minnesota rapper Yung-sauce keeps the momentum going with a catchy set that sings, bounces and waves the arms. He begins with the song “Gravy Train” as he walks around the stage and engages the audience. He adds a bit of humor when he says that Fred told him he wanted “a little lubrication, a little gravy before the Bizkit comes out”. The crowd loves it. His set also includes the songs “The Boys are Back in Town” and “Mr. Clean” among a few others. After a long break, Fred Durst from Limp Bizkit gets out and sits in a recliner, and starts things off with the new song “Dad Vibes.” Eventually, the rest of the band join him as he begins to pace the stage, accenting the songs with his hands and throwing bent-over kicks to the side. The scene features DJ Lethal high on a platform in the center of the stage with an inflatable of a woman vacuuming with a cigarette dangling from her mouth, a nod to the album cover for always sucks. Drummer John Otto is positioned laterally on the right side, giving fans an excellent view of his powerful playing. They follow up with two more new songs, “Out of Style” and the single “Dirty Rotten Bizkit” which really shakes things up. A mosh pit erupts on the ground and some fans start surfing the front.
From there, the rest of the ensemble is packed with career-spanning hits, starting with “Rollin’ (Air Raid Vehicle)” which has fans throwing their fists in the air and singing along. Guitarist Wes Borland and bassist Sam Rivers join John on his drum lift as they launch into the next song “Hot Dog”. Wes always has costume and/or makeup and tonight is no different. His face is covered in white makeup with black streaks, and he wears a black mask that covers the upper half of his face. To add to that, he has contacts that blacken his eyes, and it appears his tongue is also black. It has a rather macabre vibe. He kicks off the next song, “My Way,” with a cool guitar intro and the stage also has a weird red and purple backlight. DJ Lethal scratches on the outro and the crowd gives huge cheers.
During “My Generation”, John Otto hits his drums with such authority that you would think it would be destroyed. After this song, Fred asks the crowd: “Can you feel it?”. He then says “I see crowdsurfing is legal here”, before asking “Is marijuana legal here?” This, of course, gets a huge reaction from fans. They also play a string of killer hits including “Nookie”, “Full Nelson”, “Eat You Alive” and “Faith”.
Bassist Sam Rivers is at the rendezvous tonight. You can feel the basses all over the arena as they launch into the hit “Re-Arranged” which has a large mirrored ball spinning above the stage and hit by beams of magenta light. It cuts to “Boiler”, where Fred is joined by Wargasm UK’s Milkie Way to share vocals.
Before “Take a Look Around”, Fred makes a joke about Tom Cruise writing the song as it was used in the movie “Mission: Impossible II”. During the song, Sam Matlock of Wargasm UK joins Fred on vocals as they go wild. After turning on the house lights, Fred brings in some of his crew and is also joined by the other artists as they take him to another level on fan favorite “Break Stuff.” This song drives the fans totally crazy as two large circular pits open up, and the rest of the fans jump up and down and go wild.
It’s a great end to an awesome set by Limp Bizkit, and a great evening of music by all the artists.