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Interview:
Limp Bizkit is still on a rock 'n' roll "Stampede"
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst says "Stampede of the Disco Elephants" is still stomping towards a 2015 release -- a bit later than anticipated but definitely benefiting from the extra time the group is spending on the album.

"It's been taking a couple of years, but if you condense all the time we've actually worked ON the record, it's been about two months," explains Durst, 44, who formed the group during 1995 in Jacksonville, Fla, and has shepherded it to sales of more than 40 million albums worldwide and hits such as "Nookie, "Re-Arranged" and a cover of George Michael's "Faith."

"It used to be, 'Here's this period (of time); you're going to write it, record it, mix it and let it out,' and that was back in the days when you' were spending money to be in the studio. But nowadays the studios are at our homes and different people's living rooms. So over time between touring we just find these pockets and we work on things and it's made the process a little slower but it's also helped us to really focus and filter ourselves.

"And 2015, we sort of always had that number in our heads and we have a little play on the number 2015 that you'll see when we put the album out."

Limp Bizkit has previewed "Stampede" with a few tracks, including this year's "Endless Slaughter" and last year's "Ready To Go" collaboration with rapper Lil Wayne. At the time Lil Wayne was the group's label mate at Cash Money Records, but Durst -- who also maintains acting and directing projects -- says Limp Bizkit has gone its own way again. "We had a fun experience working with them and being with them and we're really close friends, but we just decided it was going to be best for us to keep it tight and get everything done ourselves."

And while Durst promises that "Stampede" will take a few different musical paths from what Limp Bizkit has done before, those coming to see the band live will certainly get what they expect from the group's previous releases.

"We're kind of self-aware that when you come to our shows you probably don't want to hear a lot of new material you're not familiar with," Durst says. "You came to sing and have fun and party like it's 1999, basically. And that's OK. We just love doing what we do, and we'll give you plenty of what you want and also try to show you what we do right now, and if it works we'll all have a great time."

Limp Bizkit, Machine Gun Kelly and BLVCK Ceiling

Friday, Oct. 3. Doors open at 6 p.m.

The Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave.

Tickets are $50 and $40

Call 313-961-5451 or visit www.livenation.com

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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