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Live Review: Limp Bizkit, Olympia Theatre, Dublin


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While it's hard to believe it now, once upon a time the preposterously named Limp Bizkit could make a reasonable claim to being the biggest band in the world.

During the customary half a decade long hiatus between U2 albums in the late nineties and early nougthies, the nu metal trailblazers from Jacksonville, Florida, notched up a staggering 45 million sales.

Singer Fred Durst was immortalised in pop culture when name checked in Eminem's era defining masterpiece of a hit single, 'The Real Slim Shady'. Perhaps not surprisingly, the former tattoo artist still sports his trademark red baseball cap after all these years.

The 43-year-old bounds onstage as if the last decade and a half never happened and roars, "Are you ready?" Of course, an awful lot has changed since Durst was a superstar, and we're not just talking about 9/11 and a black President in the White House.

The entire music industry has gone through tumultuous change. While Limp Bizkit still cling on to enough of a hardcore fan base to sell out the Olympia on a freezing school night, they could have arguably got a decent turnout at Slane back in their 2000 heyday.

Tonight, they're the star attractions of the Dublin leg of the Kerrang! tour alongside the deafening death metal and dubstep hybrid of Crossfaith from Japan and a 'goblin core' band called Nekrogoblikon.

The metal magazine's showcase presents a very different dynamic to your typical headlining show. The wings of the stage are littered with band members from the other acts and various hangers on, all bopping away as if they're all at a music festival. Limp Bizkit also play for a festival friendly 70 minutes.

They wisely choose not to give too much airtime to their forthcoming seventh album 'Stampede of the Disco Elephants', which sounds like the kind of gibberish title they could have come up with after necking a bottle of tequila.

Instead, they cram most of the anthems that briefly made them superstars into their allotted slot, alongside three surprisingly effective cover versions, 'Heart-Shaped Box' and 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' by Nirvana, and most bizarrely, 'Faith' by George Michael.

They sign off with 'Take a Look Around' and Durst laps up the crowd's enthusiasm.

There's not a snowball's chance in hell that they'll ever emulate the multi-platinum selling achievements of their glory days. However, when Limp Bizkit raucously take a stroll down memory lane, they make the whole exercise as much fun as possible for both themselves and their diehard fans.

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