Limp Bizkit Start Over On New LP With Guitarist Mike Smith

By | April 18, 2003 at 12:00 AM

After nine months of recording with at least five different guitar players, Limp Bizkit still aren’t finished with their new album.

Fred Durst has set aside the 19 tracks already recorded and is starting fresh with new guitarist Mike Smith, formerly of Snot.

“The chemistry with our new guitar player, Mike, is so dope that we are spending the next couple weeks writing a new album!” Durst wrote on Limp Bizkit’s Web site Wednesday. With less than three months before the band heads out on the Metallica-headlined Summer Sanitarium Tour, Durst nevertheless promised to have what had been tentatively titled Bipolar and Less Is More, among other things, out before the Independence Day kickoff (see “Metallica/ Limp Bizkit/ Linkin Park Tour Itinerary Takes Shape”).

The songs already in the can – which employed the services of a host of guitarists including Ministry’s Al Jourgensen, Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo, Helmet’s Page Hamilton, Korn’s Brian “Head” Welch and even Durst himself – won’t be trashed, but instead saved for future use.

“The 19 songs we wrote without Mike are still amazing and sitting on the shelf waiting on me to do whatever the hell I want to do with them,” he wrote.

Limp Bizkit hasn’t had a permanent guitarist since founding member Wes Borland left in 2001, but Durst has repeatedly implied on the Web site that Smith has been tapped as his replacement.

The Bizkit frontman ends his post, customarily, with optimism and high expectations. “We are a band,” he declared. “We have a guitar player that is going to bug you out. The songs are out of control and I’m on a mission! It’s on.”

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