Bizkit's Durst Campaigns For Guitarist's Return
Although Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst seems ready to welcome former guitarist Wes Borland back into the band's lineup, posting the latter's personal email address on the Internet might not be the bAlthough Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst seems ready to welcome former guitarist Wes Borland back into the band's lineup, posting the latter's personal email address on the Internet might not be the best way to do it. In a post late last week on Limp Bizkit's official Web site, Durst admitted "we are hoping Wes will come back and surprise us one day soon. We really miss him. But he's doing his thing and he's supposedly really happy." He also encouraged fans to "email Wes and tell him to come back to his family."
Borland was quickly deluged with emails from fans and took to his own Web site in response. "As many of you know my E-mail was recently posted on another site, and the person who posted it asked everyone to tell me to come back to my former band," he wrote. "I have to say that I immediately wanted to shut the account down, but ended up leaving it up for a while to see what kind of response I got. Although I did not read the hundreds of e-mails themselves, I took time to browse over the subject titles. 75% or more of all the e-mails pleaded for me not to return. I was amazed. Thank you all for the support. You again have let me know that you agree with my decision."
Durst's retort left little doubt he is holding out hope that Borland will change his mind. "As for Mr. Borland, he is very bitter at the moment and feels glad that you support his decision and so he should," he wrote. "We support him too, but we know why we're all here and we want to extend open arms that will remain open forever. We want to grow and reinvent for ourselves and we will always WANT to do it with our real family."
As previously reported, Borland left Limp Bizkit last October in what was described as an amicable departure. The band went on a nationwide talent search for his replacement, but has apparently yet to settle on a winner. Durst also said he has been playing guitar in recent jam sessions at a rented "cheesy '70s house" in California, and promises that the Limp Bizkit Web site will soon feature video footage of the band jamming with the four finalists in its guitarist search.
In the meantime, Durst recently directed videos for Staind's "Epiphany," as well as Deadsy's "Commencement." He has also co-written and will play guitar on the track "Misfits" from Third Eye Blind's upcoming Elektra album "Crystal Baller."