The new Limp Bizkit album is almost finished, they're just waiting on Fred's vocals

Wes Borland says he’s done his bits for the Bizkit record, but he’s “not in charge of Fred’s vocals”…

The new Limp Bizkit album is almost finished, they're just waiting on Fred's vocals
Nick Ruskell

Happy birthday, Gold Cobra by Limp Bizkit, you are 10 years old today. That went quick, didn’t it? Not unreasonably, the question about a follow-up still persists. The Bizkit are due one, and in fairness, they’ve been working on it – with the working title of Stampede Of The Disco Elephants – pretty much since. But what’s with the hold up?

Wes Borland has answers. Talking to Avenged Sevenfold bassist Johnny Christ on his YouTube channel Drinks With Johnny, the guitarist revealed that the progress bar for the album is actually at about 80 per cent. But Fred Durst, being a perfectionist and an artist, is trying to get his head in the game, and his standards mean that if he ain’t feeling it, it ain’t happening. Which is fair enough. Anyway, here’s Wes…

“We’ve probably, in the last 10 years, been in the studio to try and complete the record, I wanna say, seven times, to different studios,” he told Johnny. “And we’ve been working on stuff, working on stuff, working on stuff. And Fred has been consistently kind of unsatisfied with where vision is, I guess. So we’ve released singles — like we did Ready to Go, and we did another single called Endless Slaughter that we put out…

“We probably have 35 songs recorded instrumentally, and he’s done vocals on them and then thrown the vocals away — done vocals and then… ‘Fuck this,’ thrown it away. So I think he’s finally at the point now where he’s gonna pick a set of these songs that he’s finally cool with and finish them, and we’re gonna finish the record. So, fingers crossed.”

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Wes also touched on relationships in the band, how he and Fred differ artistically, and whether that title will actually stick (go, on, lads, keep it). Most importantly, it sounds like Fred’s finally got the fire for it and could start work soon.

“I’m not in charge of Freds’s vocals,” he said. “I’m way done with my parts on the record. I’m sure I’ll go back in and play a little bit more after. But it’s fucking Fred Durst. He went from being a darling to everybody’s most hated person in the world. We broke up as a band. He’s tried to find his footing, I think, on a bunch of these songs. He’s so talented, and I love him so much as a brother, but if he’s not ready to do it, he’s not ready to do it.

“My whole thing is I force things, but I’m happy to make mistakes and get embarrassed and go, ‘Oh, I shouldn’t have done that.’ But I just like to put stuff out. But he’s a perfectionist, so we’ll see when he’s ready to do it. I doubt it’ll be called Stampede of the Disco Elephants at that point. I will definitely say that the riffs and the music, it’s the best stuff I’ve ever done as a musician, I think. I’m so pleased with the direction the music went, and I love what we did as a band. And I’ve heard a bunch of his, sort of, demoed vocals over the stuff, and they’re great. So I have no doubt that he’s gonna come and bring it and it’s gonna be a great record.”

The band recently announced a load of shows in the U.S., as well as two in the UK for next summer.

Limp Bizkit U.S. tour with Spiritbox

July 2021

29 Chicago, IL, Metro

August 2021

2 Clive, IA, Horizon Event Center
5 Wallingford, CT, The Dome at Oakdale
6 Asbury Park, NJ, Stone Pony Summer Stage
9 Buffalo, NY, Rapids Theatre
12 Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
13 New York, NY, Irving Plaza
15 Huntington, NY, The Paramount
16 Norfolk, VA, The NorVa
19 Lincoln, NE, Centennial Mall & Street
21 Austin, TX, Stubb’s Waller Creek and Amphitheater
24 Los Angeles, CA, Palladium

And see Limp Bizkit in the UK next year:

Limp Bizkit UK tour

July 2022

22 Manchester Academy
24 London O2 Academy Brixton

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