LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst has revealed to MTV that he felt sad, angry, confused and excited after reading former guitarist Wes Borland's first interview since he left the group, in which the guitarist explained how playing in the band had become too much like a job.
"It seems to me like he wanted the article to feel like we're making music for money and he wasn't down with that and he just wanted to get back to music," Durst told MTV. "But I hope that's not what he was saying, because it just seems so rude and wrong, because we love what we're doing and we don't want to turn the page and say that about him, because that's just not right. We don't want to get into some type of war like that, but we read that and we read another line about 'this is what it feels like to be sellouts' or something."
Durst also admitted to feeling a little frightened by the thought of performing and recording with someone new.
"I think to myself all the time, 'What if the guy is totally opposite of Wes? What's that gonna be like if [he or she is] really normal and average and nothing crazy, but he plays this great stuff?' " Durst said. "It's gonna be different, 'cause I'm used to me and Wes making eye contact onstage and just knowing when the time is right in the show where we're both like, 'This is the sh--.' I just miss that, and you know, going, 'Holy sh--, that's what he's looking like tonight. That's crazy. I can't believe he thought of that.' Something new every day.
"We wouldn't see Wes ever. We never saw Wes until we went to do our prayer, and he would just show up looking the way he looked and we'd go, 'That's phat.' It was always dope. He has this vision, this artist thing about him that can create and draw, and he's just really, really talented in a creative way. He's not the business guy. He's just a creative person exploding at the seams with a very cool, unique style of everything he does.
"This is like losing someone in your family," the singer said. "It's been a real bonding experience for the guys left in LIMP BIZKIT to really get a lot tighter and to just really be there for each other. So it's just that type of therapy."