Limp Bizkit's Guerrilla Tactics Finally Work in Chicago
Alt-metal act make final mystery gig a winner
by Blair R. Fischer
June 17, 1999
Showing fans what they got.
The third time was the charm for Limp Bizkit and their brief guerrilla tour, which ended in relative harmony yesterday in Chicago. For the first time in three gigs, the alt-metal outfit was able to end their unsanctioned promotional gig on their own terms, rather than by police intervention.
Sure, the police were on hand at the mystery location -- the rooftop and parking lot of Chicago Trax recording studios near the Cabrini Green housing projects in Chicago -- but they didn't raise an iron fist until after the group had completed a forty-minute set of noise ordinance-defying metal. "They were actually pretty cool," said Limp Bizkit manager Peter Katsis regarding the police. "[The police officer] was obviously looking for a permit. There wasn't one. To be honest with you, we kind of explained that we didn't expect that many people here, which was maybe a fib." Though there's no way of knowing for sure, at least two thousand people were on either side of the fenced-in parking lot watching the band perform on the Chicago Trax rooftop.
For the third time in less than a week, the group staged a surprise gig in a mystery location; Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst had provided clues to the show's whereabouts on local radio stations. "To know people were actually doing that and the reward was to see us play is, like, f---in' the coolest thing," said Durst after the Chicago show. Once the riddle was solved, the station announced where the show was to be held about an hour before it began, which, in Chicago, was a little before 6:00 p.m. Previous gigs in Boston and Detroit were interrupted by police five and two songs into their sets, respectively. "We don't hope to be busted," Durst said, "but I can't lie and say that's it's not a bit more exciting when the stakes are a little bit higher." Katsis added that the group may only have to pay the time expense for the thirty-two man SWAT team deployed just around the corner from the event.
The show at Chicago Trax -- a studio co-owned by Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen -- went on without incident, other than the mosh skirmishes that sent dust from the rocky parking lot high into the sky. While the band played "Counterfeit," a few of the hundreds of fans not let into the parking lot climbed fifteen-foot fences crowned with barbed wire. "Once I saw people out on the street, I thought, 'oh, we're really in for it now,'" said Durst after the show. Later, during a cover of Prince's "1999," dozens of fans discovered a hole in the fence and ducked in to see the band play the new single "Nookie" for the second time. Other songs that highlighted the forty-minutes included new tunes "Break Stuff" and "Show Me What You Got," from Significant Other, due out next week, as well as "Stuck" and the George Michael cover "Faith" from Three Dollar Bill Y'All.