Limp Bizkit announced Monday that they will be hitting the road this summer for a series of free concerts with support from Cypress Hill and another act to be announced. The tour will be sponsored by controversial online-music-swapping software maker Napster.com
The tour is tentatively scheduled to kick off July 4 in Chicago and will hit Minneapolis, Detroit, Boston, New York, Dallas, Denver, San Francisco, Seattle and Los Angeles. According to Limp Bizkit's management, the venture is expected to cost Napster $1.8 million.
Speaking at the afternoon press conference, frontman Fred Durst said the band had no reservations about the sponsorship from the company, which is facing lawsuits by Metallica, Dr. Dre and the Recording Industry Association of America. "I don't feel anything about it," Durst said. "To each his own. We're Limp Bizkit. We're not our label. We're not Napster. We're doing what we want to do. Who cares who's suing who? We're doing a free tour. That's all that matters to me."
The "Back to Basics" Tour, celebrating what the band has dubbed "Limpdependence," runs through August 6 and will allow the band to showcase material from its forthcoming release Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water
(due out in August) in smaller settings (3,000-5,000 capacity) than those to which the band has grown accustomed.
"The reason we're going to smaller venues is they're more personal," said Durst. "You're a little bit closer to the fans [than] when you're in an arena on a gigantic stage. It's a little more exciting to give back to [your] roots."
Durst also said the band would be making in-store appearances while on tour. Specific dates and venues for the summer concerts will be announced as the bookings come through. No tickets will be given out for the tour. Admission to the events will be on a first-come first-serve basis and Durst suggested fans might want to camp out to secure seats. In order to accomodate as many fans as possible, the bands are expected to play multiple dates in each city.
Neither Limp Bizkit or Cypress Hill will make any money from the tour. All funding from Napster will be going to tour expenses.
Following the release of Chocolate Starfish ...
, Limp Bizkit said they will embark on a larger scale tour this fall.
Written by JOLIE LASH for RollingStone.com News