Fred Durst

Fred Durst

Infobox musical artist

Name =Fred Durst
Background =solo_singer
Birth_name =William Frederick Durst
Born =birth date and age|1970|8|20 Gastonia, NC
Occupation =Singer, songwriter, actor, director, rapper
Instrument =Vocals Guitar
Genre =Nu metal Rapcore
Label =
Associated_acts =Limp Bizkit Korn DMX Method Man & Redman Staind Puddle Of Mudd

William Frederick "Fred" Durst (born August 20, 1970) is an American actor, director and musician, known primarily as the founder of the nu metal band Limp Bizkit.

Early life

Fred Durst was born in Gastonia, North Carolina.Fact|date=June 2008 His biological father left when he was only a few weeks old,Fact|date=June 2008 and he was raised solely by his mother, Anita, during his infancy.Fact|date=June 2008 The two were very poor, his mother having no house, job, or money.Fact|date=June 2008 They lived in the top of a church, and people brought them baby food, which they both lived on.Fact|date=June 2008 Anita eventually met Bill, a policeman, whom she married when Durst was 2.

Durst liked the same music as his parents, and enjoyed dancing and showing off. When Durst was young, he and his half-brother Cory (son of Bill and Anita) became fans of Kiss.

Eventually, the family moved from Gastonia to Jacksonville, Florida where Durst attended Englewood High School and became interested in hip hop music. He formed a break dancing group known as the "Reckless Crew."Fact|date=January 2008 He also became interested in the local music culture, and when his mother got him his first mixer, it started his interest in rapping. He taught himself how to mix, and how to scratch using turntables, and then began practicing writing lyrics for rap songs.

Soon, he began entering rap competitions. Later, as the break dancing scene was dying out, Durst and his friends became interested in skateboarding. Durst started listening to heavier music such as Suicidal Tendencies and Black Flag. Reflecting his change in scene, he started writing more lyrics that acted as a release for pent-up emotions.

Durst graduated from Englewood High School in 1988. He began working several small-time jobs at fast food restaurants, DJing, and working at skateparks to earn money, but was unsuccessful at keeping a job. He decided to join the United States Navy.

During his time in the Navy, he married his first wife at the age of 20. They moved to California, and had one daughter, Adriana. The couple eventually divorced.

Next, Durst returned to Jacksonville and to the hip-hop scene, forming a rap duo: a friend was the DJ and Durst styled himself as a rapper similar to Vanilla Ice. He gained contacts in the music industry and the duo put together a promo video showcasing their talents. The promo video was unsuccessful in obtaining a recording contract.

Durst became a tattoo artist. Durst created the tattoo of the Korn logo on the back of Korn's guitarist Brian Welch.

Limp Bizkit career

Durst formed Limp Bizkit in 1994 with Sam Rivers and John Otto. Wes Borland joined soon after, and DJ Lethal, formerly of the Hip hop group House of Pain, joined the band in 1995.

Limp Bizkit's first hit, a cover of George Michael's late '80s hit "Faith", gained traction due to heavy airplay on MTV, especially during the first year of Total Request Live. The band's other major hits include "Nookie", "Break Stuff", "Re-arranged", "Counterfeit", "N 2 Gether Now", "Take a Look Around", "Rollin'" and "My Generation." Durst has directed most of Limp Bizkit's music videos, as well as videos for Korn ("Falling Away from Me"), Deadsy ("The Key to Gramercy Park"), Cold ("No One"), Puddle of Mudd ("Blurry"), and Staind ("It's Been Awhile" and "Just Go"), among others.

Other professional interests

Durst has dabbled in acting with a minor role in the 2005 TV miniseries "Revelations", playing the role of Odgen. He had a small role on the FOX drama "House, M.D." and he also starred in the movie "Population 436" with Jeremy Sisto, as police officer Bobby Caine.

Durst also chairs his own record label, Flawless Records, a division of Geffen Records. It has signed such bands as Puddle of Mudd, The Revolution Smile, Ringside and She Wants Revenge.

In recent years, He has also shown interest in directing films. He directed the film "The Education of Charlie Banks", which was concluded July 25, 2006. Durst made his feature film directorial debut in "The Longshots" in July 2008. The film stars Ice Cube and tells the real-life story of the first girl to compete in the Pop Warner football tournament.


Live performances

In 1999, the media portrayed his performance of "Break Stuff" during Woodstock 1999 as contributing to many of the festival's problems with violence and vandalism. Despite being asked to help defuse an already volatile situation by concert promoters, Durst told the crowd, "I don't think you should mellow out. This is 1999, motherfuckers - stick those Birkenstocks up your ass!" Allegedly in response to the song, which would later become a hit, concert-goers committed acts of vandalism, tearing planks from the stage and throwing garbage at an MTV crew. [ [ Woodstock '99: The day the music died] ]

At the K-Rock (WXRK) Dysfunctional Family Picnic concert in 2000, Limp Bizkit and Durst were criticized on stage by Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots for taking the stage an hour late. At the same concert, when Durst took the stage, he erupted in a furious rant about Creed singer Scott Stapp, saying:

"I want to dedicate this next song to the lead singer of Creed.... That guy is an egomaniac. He's a fucking punk, and he's backstage right now fucking Michael Jackson. Fuck that motherfucker, and fuck you too.... And if you want, there's going to be a booth with pillows and blankets for when Creed comes on." [ News - Articles - 1427590 - 20000626] ]

During Creed's set, Stapp responded by saying "It takes a lot more guts to say something to somebody than from behind their backs."

Durst was also criticized for his comments related to the death of Australian teenager Jessica Michalik, who was crushed to death during Limp Bizkit's set at the 2001 Big Day Out concert in Sydney. Durst claims that he made his concerns about security known days before the incident, but they fell on deaf ears. [ WholeNote - The On-Line Guitar Community - with guitar lessons OLGA guitar tab music chords scales and other goodies] ] Durst was videotaped telling the crowd "Safety first, if someone falls down pick them up", but was later criticized by the coroner for "alarming and inflammatory" comments during the rescue effort.

For a full week leading up to Limp Bizkit's support slot in Metallica's Summer Sanitarium 2003 concert in Chicago, Mancow Muller mocked Fred Durst on his radio show [ Durst Gets Booed, Walks Offstage - News Story | Music, Celebrity, Artist News | MTV News ] ] , inviting fans to attend the concert with anti-Durst placards.db Magazine Industry News.] This was in response to Durst's behavior at a Guitar Center competition in which hundreds of people showed up to audition for the spot of Limp Bizkit's new guitarist, only to have Durst show up late, give the crowd the finger and then leave. When Mancow's fans complied by showing up with the placards, openly taunting the singer, booing him and pelting him with refuse, Durst erupted in a profanity-laced homophobic tirade and left the stage only 17 minutes into the show. Durst was eventually sued for breach of contract (for not completing the show) by Chicago lawyer Michael Young.


Durst was embroiled in controversy with the band Slipknot after lead singer Corey Taylor heard from a friend that Durst referred to their fans as "the fat ugly kids" in a "Spin" magazine interview. [ [] ]

Shawn Crahan, one of Slipknot's percussionists, threatened violence against him if he criticized their fans again, and Taylor later said in an interview with MuchMusic that he saw Durst as a great businessman, but not as an artist. In a 2001 post on Limp Bizkit's website, Durst disputed the perceived ill will against Slipknot. He was quoted as writing, "We really like Slipknot and are very happy that they hate us, because it makes their music heavier, angrier and real!" This quote angered Chris Fehn, one of Slipknot's other percussionists. Fehn later described Durst as being "...scared of us (Slipknot) and that he didn't know until then that Clown (Shawn Crahan) was being serious about what he implied."Fact|date=June 2008

Black Label Society

Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society often showed his hatred of both Durst and Limp Bizkit during live performances. BLS's "Alcohol Fueled Brewtality" album has Wylde yelling "Limp Bizkit sucks dick" during the song "Superterrorizor". Fred refuses to comment on the situation with BLS even though many feel that he started the situation.

Christina Aguilera

In 2000, speculation about pop singer Christina Aguilera having oral sex with Fred Durst and TRL host Carson Daly began after Eminem stated that it happend in his song "The Real Slim Shady". At first, Durst told MTV News that it wasn't true, but months later Durst said during an MTV speacial that the reason he got on stage with Christina Aguilera during her perfomance at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards was all for the "nookie". Aguilera responded to Durst's comment on MTV's Diary and stated "He didn't get any nookie".

Britney Spears

In 2003, paparazzi photos were released showing Durst with pop star Britney Spears and rumors began to spread that the two were dating. This struck a nerve with some fans on the Limp Bizkit website. Durst had not mentioned anything about it, and it seemed out of character for him to be dating a pop singer like Spears. It was revealed that Durst was hired to help write and produce tracks for Spears' upcoming album "In the Zone", released later that year. The issue intensified when Spears appeared on TRL and denied the affair, saying she barely knew Durst, and that he wasn't her type.Fact|date=June 2008

Durst later appeared on Howard Stern's nationally-syndicated radio program to set the record straight. He claimed that, while they were never dating, they did have a sexual relationship while working with her on the album. [ [ Durst Dishes Alleged Britney Nookie On Howard Stern Show | News |] ] He also mentioned that after Britney appeared on TRL he decided not to allow her to use his contributions on the album, though a spokesperson for Spears directly contradicted him, saying that it was her decision not to use the material, not Durst's.

While Durst claimed he only came forward with details about the relationship due to the paparazzi photos, he went into great detail on the radio show, including intimate details about Spears' body, in response to Stern's continued prodding. Spears later claimed that she regretted ever getting involved with "someone like Durst."

Several songs from Limp Bizkit's "Results May Vary" were allegedly written about the affair and its aftermath, including the album's first single "Eat You Alive". Lyrics from the song include "Hey you, Ms. Too-good-to-look-my-way" and "I'm sorry, your beauty is so vain." Though Durst denies any of the songs being directly about Spears, he did leak a song titled "Just Drop Dead" onto the internet in retaliation to some of Spears comments, and its lyrics do pertain to events that happened during the affair.


As revealed on the "Once More With Feeling" DVD Extras, whilst on tour in South America, the two bands played the same evening. Trouble occurred when Placebo's manager would not let Durst on stage as he did not recognize him and thought he was simply a fan trying to get an autograph. After eventually getting on stage, Durst began the chant "Placebo suck."

ex tape

In February 2005, a three minute composite of video clips of Durst having sex was leaked to the Internet after the video clip was taken from his computer's hard disk. Some fans suspect that he released these himself for publicity. The video was said to be done by the T-Mobile Hacker and put up on the then well known site [ [ Fred Durst Says Sex Video Stolen From His PC - News Story | Music, Celebrity, Artist News | MTV News] ]

uspended sentence

In 2007, Durst was given a suspended 120-day jail sentence after he hit two people with his car while driving drunk in Orange County, CA. [cite news |title=Limp Bizkit star avoids jail term |url= |publisher=BBC News |date=2007-09-17 |accessdate=2007-10-04]

Internet fame

Durst had been an active blogger in recent years, first on Xanga and later on MySpace where he updated on projects in both the musical and film endeavors he wanted to pursue.

Personal life

Durst has a son, Dallas Durst, born August 30, 2001, he also has a daughter named Adriana. Durst is lactose intolerant. Fact|date=August 2008


* "Three Dollar Bill, Yall$" (1997)
* "Significant Other" (1999)
* "Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water" (2000)
* "New Old Songs" (2001)
* "Results May Vary" (2003)
* "The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1)" (2005)
* "Greatest Hitz" (2005)
* "Rock Im Park 2001" (2008)
* "The Collected" (2008)
* "The Unquestionable Truth (Part 2)" (TBA)

Music: Featured Appearances

* "Bleed" from the Soulfly album "Soulfly" (1998).
* "All In The Family" from the KoRn album "Follow The Leader" (1999).
* "Get Naked" from the Methods of Mayhem album "Methods of Mayhem" (1999).
* "Our House" from the Eminem album "??" (????).
* "Turn Me Loose" from the Eminem album "??" (????).
* "Bring Tha Noise" from the Compilation album "Take a Bite Outta Rhyme" (2000).
* "Forever" from the Snot album "Strait Up" (2000).
* "Them Girls" from the Run-DMC album "Crown Royal" (2001).
* "Lay It On Back" from the Kurupt album "Space Boogie: Smoke Oddessey" (2001).
* "Rock Away Remix" from the Lazee album "Setting Standards" (2008).
* "Famous" from the Rock album "???" (200?).


Music videos

* All Limp Bizkit music videos (except for "Counterfeit")
* Soulfly - Bleed (1998), sang verse in song and appeared in video
* Korn - Got the Life (1998), cameo
* Korn - Falling Away from Me (1999), cameo
* Methods of Mayhem - Get Naked (1999), sang chorus and appeared in video
* Lil' Bow Wow - Bow Wow (That's My Name) (2000), cameo
* Eminem - The Real Slim Shady (2000), cameo
* Puddle of Mudd - Control (2001), cameo
* Cold - Give (1997), cameo
* 8-Ball - Stop Playin' Games (2001), cameo
* Strait Up - Angel's Son (2000)
* All Stars Tribute - What's Going On (2001)


* "Zoolander" (2001), cameo
* "Pauly Shore is Dead" (2003), cameo
* "Be Cool" (2005), cameo
* "Revelations" (2005)
* "Population 436" (2006)
* "The Education of Charlie Banks" (2007)
* "The Longshots" (2008)
* "Play Dead"


* "Fastlane" (2002), cameo
* "House M.D." (2008), guest star

As director

* Limp Bizkit - Faith (1997)
* Limp Bizkit - Nookie (1999)
* Limp Bizkit - Break Stuff (1999)
* Limp Bizkit - Re-Arranged (1999)
* Limp Bizkit - N 2 Gether Now (1999)
* Staind - Just Go (1999)
* Staind - Home (1999)
* KoRn - Falling Away from Me (1999)
* Limp Bizkit - My Generation (2000)
* Limp Bizkit - Rollin' (Air Raid Vehicle) (2000)
* Limp Bizkit - My Way (2000)
* Limp Bizkit - Boiler (2000), co-director
* Cold - No One (2000)
* Puddle of Mudd - Blurry (2002)
* Staind - It's Been Awhile (2001)
* 8-Ball - Stop Playin Games (2001)
* Deadsy - The Key to Gramercy Park (2002)
* Staind - Epiphany (2002)
* Limp Bizkit - Eat You Alive (2003)
* Limp Bizkit - Behind Blue Eyes (2003)
* The Education of Charlie Banks (2007)
* Dwight Yoakam - Close Up the Honky Tonks (2007) []
* "The Longshots" (2008)

Video games

Durst was included as a hidden playable character in the WWF video games SmackDown! Just Bring It and WWE Raw in exchange for the use of "Rollin' (Air Raid Vehicle)", the theme song of the Undertaker at the time.

Durst was also a bonus character in the "Fight Club" video game.

ee also


External links

* [ American Alien] - Fred Durst's personal blog
* [ Fred Durst] Interview on

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