The popular sportz metallers tour the US with Cypress Hill - and it won't cost you anything to see them...
The tour, billed as ‘Back To Basics’ will take in 10 cities across the country and is being sponsored by under-fire online MP3 software provider Napster.com.
During a press conference held yesterday (April 24) at the Westlake Studios in Los Angeles, Bizkit frontman Fred Durst announced that they would be playing 3/5,000 capacity venues in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle. Tickets will be available to fans on a first-come, first-served basis.
Both acts will perform free of charge, with the US$1.8 million Napster is putting up for the tour used simply to cover costs. A third act and details of venues will be announced closer to the time.
During the press conference, Durst claimed to welcome the inclusion of Napster on the tour, bucking the current industry trend that has seen the website face lawsuits from Metallica, the Recording Industry Association of America and the threat of action from Dr. Dre.
“We believe that the Internet and Napster should not be ignored by the music industry as tools to promote awareness for bands and market music,” he said. “We couldn’t care less about the older generation’s need to keep doing business as usual. We care more about what our fans want, and our fans want music on the Internet. Who cares who’s suing who? We’re doing a free tour. That’s all that matters to me.”
Durst added that it was more important Limp Bizkit gave something back to the fans who have backed them:
He stated, “We would like things to be as hassle-free as possible. The shows get announced, the fans line-up, and the first ones there get to see the show.”
Limp Bizkit‘s new album ‘Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water’, the follow up to the multi-million selling ‘Significant Other’, will be released in August. The original album working title, ‘Limpdependence’ has since been ditched, though it will be adopted as the unofficial tour name.
The band will head out on a more extensive tour in the autumn.