LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst has confirmed the departure of guitarist Mike Smith from the group's ranks. Smith (ex-SNOT) joined the band as the replacement for Wes Borland and appeared on BIZKIT's most recent studio CD (last year's moderately successful "Results May Vary") before being ousted from the group in favor of a returning Borland. BIZKIT, with Wes in tow, are currently writing material for their next studio CD, tentatively due in 2005.
In a brand-new interview with the LIMP BIZKIT fan site The Armpit, Durst was asked if he still expects the next album to be released in February 2005 (as was previously announced). "I do not know when we will finish recording this album," he replied. "It will be released as soon as it is finished. The band is on another level at this point in time. A level, I believe, to be the most accomplished mentally we have ever been prepared for. Our style has been through life itself and the changes that everyone goes through, but the backbone of this unit is more solid than it has ever been. We are very content with Mike being gone. We are the type of people that stay true to our family and our instincts and at any moment will act on intuition as a whole. Mike wasn't the guy. We had fun playing with him, but always knew, in the back of our minds, that he wasn't where we needed him to be mentally. On that note you can assume that the shit we are writing now is fucking powerful and very emotionally laced with reality. Those who dare to go to the next level are in for a treat. Those that don't, we never thought they would anyway."
With regards to whether there are still plans for LIMP BIZKIT to tour this summer, as has previously been announced, Durst said, "We will be touring AS SOON AS THE ALBUM IS FINISHED. So very soon. And it will be the one you don't want to miss."