Originally posted on The Sydney Morning Herald
Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst has long been one of the most divisive figures in rap metal. He’s been criticised for everything from his vocal abilities to his lyrics to his audience control and his bad-dog ways. He’s also fallen out with bandmates numerous times, none more so than with Limp Bizkit’s hugely respected guitarist Wes Borland.
But Borland has revealed just how poorly he and Durst got on; Borland joined the band in 1994 but it took him 16 years to think of Durst as a friend.
”We were always band members and nothing else,” Borland says, ”like work friends that you wouldn’t have as [real] friends, like ‘Oh no, the Christmas party is coming up, I guess I’ll have to talk to Ted’. That’s how Fred and I were.
”Fred and I are completely psychotic in different ways and had trouble dealing with each other; there were a lot of personality conflicts. But through trial and error we figured it out and got to be friends.
This, coming from a man who takes the stage in body and face paint and was voted No. 37 in Total Guitar’s Top 100 Guitarists. Borland is one of rock’s great showmen and to many, the sonic linchpin of Limp Bizkit too, which has been criticised for being neither metal nor rap. How did Borland’s body paint thing start?
”When the band started we were on the tail of the grunge thing and I was like ‘no, I’m not going to get up there in a flannel and T-shirt’, he says. ”I wanted to do something different, use accessories and masks and it got to the point of [painting] myself.”
For this tour, Borland promises a new look based on ”a jellyfish”.
”I think it’s a waste to get up there on stage without some sort of supersonic look.”