What Happened to Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst? Aaron Lewis Defends the Rocker Onstage After Fan Disrupts Show
Way back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Limp Bizkit stole the spotlight. From the time they burst onto the music scene, lead singer, Fred Durst, was a name nearly everyone knew with songs nearly everyone sang. These days, you don’t hear much about the band or Durst. Staind singer, Aaron Lewis, defended Durst to a fan’s outburst during a show, crediting him for helping Lewis get where he is today. So, where is Durst and what is he up to?
Limp Bizkit’s Wes Borland and Aaron Lewis of Staind do not get along
Nu-Metal singer, Fred Durst, may not have had beef with his own bandmates, but Limp Bizkit’s guitarist, Wes Borland, has had an ongoing fed with Staind singer, Aaron Lewis for years.
During a solo performance at The Orleans Showroom Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada, Lewis said a few colorful words, such a “bougie,” to describe Borland. The back-and-forth stems from a previous altercation at a Jacksonville airport, according to the Talk Toomey podcast.
“Aaron Lewis came up to me in an airport randomly,” Borland explained. “I was visiting my parents in Jacksonville and flying back to L.A. And… I just happened to run into him and hadn’t seen him in a while. He goes, ‘Where are you headed?’ And I went, ‘I’m going home.’ And he goes, ‘Home?’ and I went, ‘Yeah, I just visited my parents. I’m going back home to L.A,'” Borland said.
He continued: “And, for the record, I’ve lived in L.A. longer than I’ve lived in any other city in my life. And he goes… Aaron looks at me and he kind of turns his chin up and he goes, ‘Nah, man. Remember where you came from. Florida is your home, not L.A. That’s home.’ And I just went, ‘F**k you, man.’ And I never talked to him again after that.”
The guitarist said he wishes “nothing but the worst for him,” adding, “I don’t wanna be a s**t talker, but I have no problem talking s**t about that guy. He’s terrible.”
Lewis traded jabs during his show soon after catching wind of the comments, and ’round and ’round it goes. However, none of the tension seems to come between Lewis and Durst’s respect for one another.
Lewis defended Durst on stage
Despite whatever has happened between Borland and Lewis, the Staind singer still defends his friends when needed. During a recent show, Lewis singled out a fan who shouted obscenities in the name of Durst. Lewis stopped the show to say a few things.
“How crazy is it that Billy Zane is the lead character in that,” referring to the music video, led by Durst, Louwire reported. “You know we spent – well we didn’t. Well, we did – but Fred spent like a million and a half dollars on that fucking video. Dumb shit. There’s so many ways I could have spent that money.”
To which the fan interrupted with his opinion of Durst.
“No, Fred’s the whole reason I’m sitting in front of you tonight,” Lewis said. “And I gotta say that at this point in my life I call Fred when I need like Dalai Lama advice, for real.”
He continued saying Durst “blows his mind” and that he’s very “thankful” he and Durst were able to get past previous bad feelings against one another.
“Every time I hear someone yell something back about Fred I want to just like screech to a halt and be like ‘What?’ That is the reason I’m here. I’d have given up a long time ago I think and I probably would have written songs that made my kids laugh and I would have been okay with that,” he said.
Durst lost everything in California wildfire
In Nov. 2018, Loudwire reported that Durst lost his home to the California wildfires. Durst took to his Instagram stories feature to confirm the news with a photo with the caption: “When you wake up and your house has burned down but you were able to salvage your chair and thermos and paddleball.”
In Lewis’s praise of Durst, he added a story about Durst losing everything in the fires.
“Did any of you know that he lost everything in that West Coast fire that just happened? Everything. Everything,” he said. “He drove his Harley Davidson away from his house because he couldn’t even get his car out of the garage.”
Borland also shared a photo on Instagram showing wildfire coverage. He captioned the post: “My pedalboard, 2 guitars, 2 amps, a 2×12 cabinet, several other pedals, and misc equipment were inside this house.”
That said, Limp Bizkit still performs across the globe and they’re still pumping out albums. Whether you love ’em or hate ’em, don’t tell Lewis about it.