When you hear an Elvis song for an introduction you know its time for Limp Bizkit. The crowd erupted, and the concert started with an almighty bang when lead vocalist Fred Durst and the band belted out the first song Hot Dog. The crowd were jumping, and it pretty much didn’t stop for the whole show. Second song was a crowd favourite Rollin sending everyone into a crowd surfing frenzy with bodies rolling around and having as how Durst described “an insane time”. In fact, several times he was excited to remind Adelaide how insane we were and yes, we all were!
Durst was charismatic and engaging with the Adelaide audience and it was clear he was enjoying the show just as much as the crowd did. At one point he yelled “Isn’t it time for that insta story? Oh, wait your batteries are dead” and “the maniacs on the floor are having an insane time. Free drinks for everybody”. I don’t think the crowd needed any more drinks. They were already super charged and pumped up!
With the return of DJ Lethal and the current touring bassist Tsuzumi Okai added to the mix along with Durst, Wes Borland and birthday boy drummer John Otto the energy at Adelaide Entertainment Centre was on fire. The crowd couldn’t get enough and spontaneously sang Happy Birthday to Otto with gusto. There was also a poignant tribute to Sam Rivers who is unwell at the moment and couldn’t be on the tour that had the crowd reflect on the much-loved bassist. Durst constantly telling the crowd “So many positive vibes in the house.” With plenty of favourites sung like My Generation, Gold Cobra, I’m Broke, Nookie and even a cover of George Michael’s Faith to impress the hard to please it was a show full of non-stop dropping and bounce.
One lucky punter by the name of Northy got called up on stage and sung Nookie with Durst (he did ask for a typical Aussie bloke and he got one!) Northy showed what a typical Adelaide bloke who loves Limp Bizkit can do and he rocked the stage impressing the band and crowd alike. It’s safe to say it would’ve been the highlight of his life and a story to tell the Grandkids!
For the last song of the night Durst dared the whole stadium to drop by declaring “One more drop in your ass tonight.” Everyone in the general admission area did as they were told and for the final drop of the night it was a nervous energy wait. Once Durst gave the command and just like the start of the show – BANG! the final epic drop was released and all you could see was a wave of people bouncing and jumping. To sum up it was an “insane” show just like Durst told us more than once and as we walked out of the arena with the Simple Minds song Don’t You Forget About Me in the background, yeah, we certainly won’t forget Limp Bizkit!
Words by Anastasia Lambis