MVWire.com is reporting that LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst has signed with The Joneses for exclusive representation as a commercial director. Although the agreement marks Durst's first foray into commercials, he is well established as a music video director, having directed more than 20 videos for his own band and other top rock groups. Durst's most recent credit is the video for LIMP BIZKIT's "Behind Blue Eyes", from the soundtrack to "Gothika", with Durst starring opposite Halle Berry. That video was produced by The Joneses. Mel Gragido, executive producer of The Joneses, said that Durst brings a fresh perspective to the commercial market. "Fred is an amazing talent, whose potential was immediately apparent to me when we worked on his video," Gragido said. "I liked the way he handled the set. I liked his creative ideas. He knew what he wanted and he knew how to articulate it. The look and feel of 'Behind Blue Eyes' is all Fred Durst." Gragido added that he believes Durst is well suited to commercials targeting the same young, male audience that makes up LIMP BIZKIT's considerable fan base. "Fred could do a great job with certain soft drinks and athletic products," he observed. Although he may be the first bona fide rock star to seriously pursue commercial directing, Durst said that it fits neatly within his long-term career goals. "I am committed to directing and I am intrigued with the commercial format," he said. "I had a great experience in working with The Joneses on my video and have a lot of confidence in Mel's ability to help me become established in that market."
According to comments by the hated one, Mr. Fred Durst, on an extremely ugly looking blog at www.limpbizkit.com, the band has been experimenting with absinthe while in Prague, Czechoslovakia in order to "discover the unknown". Hopefully when Freddy is finished with learning everything that no one else knows, he will finish up the new LB album featuring returning member Wes Borland...
One of rock's most influential and subversive bands is geared up to give fans exactly what they want, as Limp Bizkit releases its first-ever "Greatest Hitz" collection. The Flip/Geffen CD package contains tracks from each of Limp Bizkit's platinum and multi-platinum recordings, as well as three previously unreleased tracks. Also available the same day is a new DVD package, "Greatest Videoz," containing every music video the band has made to date. "Greatest Hitz" and "Greatest Videoz" arrive in stores November 8. Tracks on "Greatest Hitz" include: "Faith," "Break Stuff," "Nookie," "Rollin," "N 2 Gether Now," and more. Also included are three unreleased songs, "Why," "Lean On Me" and a new track -- a mesh of Motley Cr?e's "Home Sweet Home" with the Verve's rendition of "Bittersweet Symphony." Albums represented on "Greatest Hitz" include the band's debut CD "Three Dollar Bill Y'All," as well as "Significant Other," "Chocolate Starfish & the Hot Dog Flavored Water" and "Results May Vary." Lead singer Fred Durst and bassist Sam Rivers formed Limp Bizkit in Florida in 1994. Rivers' cousin John Otto joined on drums, with guitarist Wes Borland completing the original line-up (later augmented by DJ Lethal). The band signed with Flip/Interscope, which released "Three Dollar Bill Y'All" in 1997. In 1999, "Significant Other" debuted at #1, selling more than four million copies by year's end. The following year, the band released the #1-charting "Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water." Other CDs include "New Old Songs," a 2004 set of remixes and, earlier this year the underground release "The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1)." All told, Limp Bizkit has sold 31 million units worldwide, with five Silver, 44 Gold and 140 Platinum certifications in 43 Countries. Having frequently directed the band's music videos, Durst is now planning a move to feature films, having recently wrapped a co-starring role in "Population 436." Meanwhile he continues to oversee his own label Flawless (home to critics' favorites Ringside and She Wants Revenge). Though guitarist Wes Borland departed the band for a time, he rejoined for the making of "The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1)." He and Durst are currently writing for the next Limp Bizkit studio release, which surely will be represented on an inevitable second volume of "greatest hitz." www.LimpBizkit.com
With Limp Bizkit pon hiatus so that Fred Durst can zero in on his career as a director, the band's guitarist Wes Borland has surfaced in yet another one-off project, BLACK LIGHT BURNS. Black Light Burns is set to unveil a Geffen debut in early 2006, the band made up of Danny Lohner (Nine Inch Nails), Josh Eustis (Telefon Tel Aviv), Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle) and Borlad will undertake a "World Tour" following the album's release.
Fred Durst recently commented that "John Otto is staying at my house right now and we are making some pretty sick beats in my studio. The vibes are amazing right now." Limp Bizkit is currently working with Ross Robinson on the followup to "The Unquestionable Truth part 1".