GIG REVIEW: Limp Bizkit Brought Proof That Dads Rock

An American rap rock band, Limp Bizkit at The Dow Event Center in Saginaw, Michigan on Thursday, May 19, 2022. (Photo credit: Mike Shaler)

BY MIKE SHALER | Go Venue Magazine

In support of their latest album released back on Halloween of 2021 titled Still Sucks, Limp Bizkit has been on their Still Sucks tour which made a stop on Thursday, May 19th, 2022 at The Dow Event Center in Saginaw, Michigan.

In support were, Wargasm (UK), who I unfortunately missed because of my day job. But was told they are a gritty electronic rock duo with lots of energy.  Dying Wish was the second band on who delivered a loud and heavy riotous performance. Yung Gravy was the last of the openers, a rapper from Minnesota who knows how to work the crowd.

Once the stage changeover in preparation for the headline act began to wind down, the crowd chanted Bizkit, Bizkit, Bizkit!  Then a short time later, sitting in a recliner, was lead singer Fred Durst. In all his dad vibe attire with stringy grey hair, giant rose colored glasses and coveralls, looking like a garage mechanic or gardener. Durst pulled out what looked to be an old cell phone that was acting up to call out DJ Lethal who then appeared up top over the middle stage lights to get the music going.

Then appears Sam Rivers on bass and Wes Borland on guitar, who rip into some new songs off the latest album. Then Durst halts the guys to ask where drummer John Otto is, to which Otto then steps out to take his place behind the drum kit, then Durst and company commence to rock out through “Dad Vibes”, “Out Of Style”, “Dirty Rotten Bizkit” and “Pill Popper”. All of which can be found on their newest album.

The rest of the night was dedicated to their storied history of hit songs throughout the nearly three decades of making music. With iconic songs like “Rollin”, “My Way”, “Nookie”, one of the best remakes in the history of remakes, “Faith” a George Michael song. Durst asked how many people had to go to work the next morning, the vast majority of the crowd had their hands up. Even though most of us had to work the next day, Durst was impressed by the energy the crowd gave off.  But when you have a group as great as Limp Bizkit performing, it’s not hard to get into the good timing party vibe.  Both singers of Wargasm (UK) came out at separate times to join Durst on vocals. With a finale reminiscent of the ending of a Saturday Night Live episode with several people joining the band on stage as they busted through “Break Stuff” which had the crowd bouncing like live wires.

On the outside looking in, Limp Bizkit is a motley looking group with Durst busting out the rap rock lyrics like a champ, DJ Lethal laying down the beats like no other, Borland with his otherworldly looks and sonic guitar playing and one of the best rhythm sections in the music business with Rivers on bass and Otto on drums, Limp Bizkit has put together some of the best songs that are part of our soundtrack of life.

The show can best be summed up best from what I heard a concert goer saying to his friend after the show was over. He said, “I was literally smiling the whole time, that was so f_cking good”.  I can attest, he was not the only one to feel that way. So, if you want to have a great time, don’t skip out on seeing Limp Bizkit in concert.

Limp Bizkit

Yung Gravy

Dying Wish

All images © Mike Shaler
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