Wes Borland: 'People Either Really Hate, or Really Love Limp Bizkit'

Guitarist notes "polarising effect" that band has.

Wes Borland: 'People Either Really Hate, or Really Love Limp Bizkit'
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Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland has been speaking with Metal Hammer about the strong reactions that people still have to the band.

As he notes, with Limp Bizkit, there isn't a lot of middle ground:

"I think there is a nostalgia for it, I guess. People abhor it on all kinds of levels, but the reason we've been around and allowed to stay is because our fanbase is incredibly passionate about the band. We're so lucky to have that diehard fanbase. We're a very polarising band - people really hate us or they really love us. There's not a lot of middle 'take it or leave it' ground."

Borland also states that reading bad reviews of bands he respected was something that helped him to deal with any negative press that Limp Bizkit faced:

"There are so many hurtful things that people have said about me and the band that I've ingested over the years. I've had to figure out a way to get it out of my system. It used to really get to me, but somehow it dawned on me one day that I should go and read bad review of my favorite artists. That really helped me. To see people that I really loved and to read their bad reviews, that really helped me."

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    travislausch
    "There are so many hurtful things that people have said about me and the band that I've ingested over the years. I've had to figure out a way to get it out of my system. It used to really get to me, but somehow it dawned on me one day that I should go and read bad review of my favorite artists. That really helped me. To see people that I really loved and to read their bad reviews, that really helped me."
    He's totally right, here. Just cause someone gives you a few bad reviews doesn't mean you're the worst. Everyone gets a bad review now and then. I can't think of a single artist that's universally liked by everyone. As for LB, I'm one of those "on-the-fence" guys. I'd rather listen to their music than anything on terrestrial broadcast radio nowadays, but I'm not about to seek out their music or anything. Much respect to Wes as a musician, though.
    thebigredjj10
    I've yet to see an artist out there without people who hate them. The only artists who are unhated are the artists no person has ever heard of. If you go to a Foo Fighters review you are bound to find someone saying Dave Grohl is a hack musician. If you go to a Queens of the Stone Age review you'll find someone complaining about them being boring. Go to a Led Zeppelin review and you'll find someone saying they are bland and derivative. And those are pretty universally loved artists around these parts (at least on UG). Bottom line is if you make it someone is going to shit all over it and call you a hack.
    eclecticragnar
    I really love them; once you get past Fred Durst being a douchebag and don't take them too seriously they make really good fun music. I think that Borland is a really under appreciated guitarist when you look at what he can do on his own.
    redisni
    good word you used there, 'fun'. No one really cares about the fun anymore. In music, or in anything else.
    Pretelethal
    There's worse but personally I just can't get into them. Nu-metal was never really my thing, aside from early Linkin Park; the only exception I can think of.
    vppark2
    How about Deftones? P.O.D.?
    Pretelethal
    Oh, Deftones are pretty cool, yeah. Didn't come to mind at the time of posting. Never given P.O.D. a try and probably won't for a while, I'm in my prog phase atm.
    Maiden95
    I don't really associate Deftones with nu-metal, they were different in my mind.
    KerNeL_KLuTcH
    Korn's first few albums are pretty good, Pap Roach's debut was good. Nu Metal was another one of the genres ruined by the record industry, like glam metal before it, they started cookie cutting bands.
    JimBonJovi
    Don't people know Fred Durst has grown up? Everyone hangs onto the ideology that he's still the douchebag from 1999. If you watch or listen to new interviews, the guy has improved. Same goes for Scott Stapp. They've changed & people should respect that. Think if you were in their position & how you'd feel hearing hateful words.
    JOHNSTONE6
    There is no band like them, for that, they have my respect...you know what your getting into if you enjoy them. Wes is one of my favorite guitarist.
    Random9000
    I'm completely in agreement that Limp Bizkit is great.... Until Fred opens his mouth... The music is great, the musicians are beyond talented, but Fred literally KILLS this band. Having personally met Fred as well, and being from the same town as him. I just can't respect the guy.
    AlexGreat123
    I loved them when I was younger because they had the rebellious attitude. Now I like them because they have catchy songs and because of Wes' creativeness. When Fred Durst tries he can write some good lyrics (Unquestionable Truth Part 1, Boiler, My Way, Hot Dog and Livin' It Up I guess)So more people would be inclined to the band if he wrote more like that I think.
    Maiden95
    He's right. I'm one of those who really hates Limp Bizkit.
    KingKrisKhan
    http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/gene... You already posted this interview, UG. Goddamn.
    jamie_hough
    Except that's not the same is it..? But regardless, yeah, this is hardly a revelation, surely they've realised this for a while.
    KingKrisKhan
    If you actually listen to the interview in the article, you'll realize it's the same stuff.
    CommodoreKD
    Wes Borland is wasted on that band. I feel really bad for him, being stuck performing music he's previously admitted to hating to pay the bills.