Limp Bizkit are responsible for ‘Axl and Slash being back together’, Fred Durst tells Reading crowd

The nu metal band also covered Rage Against The Machine during their performance

Fred Durst claimed that Limp Bizkit are responsible for Guns ‘N Roses’ prime players Axl Rose and Slash burying the hatchet during his band’s set on the NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage at Reading festival.

The nu metal band took to the stage at 9:10pm, opening with their hit ‘Rollin’ as the audience crammed into the tent. Durst was wearing a blue baseball cap and grey tracksuit with ‘Not Robert’ emblazoned on the hoody, a reference to the New York real estate heir Robert Durst, who is alleged to have confessed to several murders on the HBO documentary The Jinx.

During a segment of the show that Durst dubbed “Limp Bizkit karaoke”, the singer followed a brief burst of the solo from ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ with the news that his band were behind Guns ‘N Roses reuniting.

“I’d like you to know that we’re responsible for Axl and Slash being back together,” Durst told the crowd. “We had a meeting and it went really well.”

Earlier, the group had covered Rage Against The Machine’s ‘Killing In The Name Of’ and George Michael’s ‘Faith’. After the latter, Durst said: “Thank you George Michaels [sic], thank you. You sexy bastard.” He also claimed that the festival was “offering everyone in this tent free beer for the rest of the night”, saying that fans just had to say the band’s name at the bar.

Limp Bizkit closed their set with ‘Break Stuff’ and ‘Take A Look Around’, their contribution to the Mission Impossible 2 soundtrack.

Earlier in the day, Panic! At The Disco returned to the scene of where singer Brendan Urie was knocked out with a flying bottle in 2006 – Reading’s Main Stage. This time Reading was merciful; missile-free, their set opened with the Killers-esque disco tune ‘Vegas Lights’ and ‘Time To Dance’ before breaking into their 2011 single ‘The Ballad Of Mona Lisa’.

Palma Violets, Drenge, Parquet Courts and Swim Deep also appeared during the first day of Reading 2015.