This weekend, rap-rock stalwarts Limp Bizkit chose to cancel the remaining dates of their tour with Spiritbox, The announcement was met with both understanding from plenty of Limp Bizkit’s fans and derision or anger from listeners who don’t believe the COVID-19 resurgence or the spread of the Delta variant is that big a deal. Now, Durst has issued a statement in which he explains that the live music system as a whole is not equipped to keep fans safe from the disease, even with new safety measures.
“In short, the system is still very flawed,” Durst explained to Billboard in a statement clarifying why his band decided to cancel their remaining tour dates. “Even if the performers, crews, staff, and promoters do their best to ensure safety on and behind the stage, that doesn’t ensure the safety of the audience as a whole. We are all in this together, and we all — individually and as a whole — have to make our best efforts to be as responsible and proactive as possible moving forward to combat and stop spreading COVID.”
Limp Bizkit’s initial statement made it clear that the band were canceling their tour with safety in mind, saying, “Out of an abundance of caution and concern for the safety of the band, crew and most of all the fans, the Limp Bizkit show this Monday and the remaining August tour is being cancelled. Refunds are available at their points of purchase. All tickets purchased online will be automatically refunded.”
Later, due to an overabundance of fan speculation, frontman Fred Durst took to Instagram Stories to clear up some rumors, writing, “1. Wes Boland does not have Covid. 2. The system is serious flawed. 3. We don’t care much about the BS.” He also referenced the band’s new track “Dad Vibes” which was debuted at Lollapalooza this year, saying, “Times2. we care a lot about you. To the six. ‘They’ can kiss it. Dad vibes coming soon.”
Words by Chris Krovatin