Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor may be considering producing some songs for the next album by Limp Bizkit. According to an interview in the German magazine Visions, Bizkit’s Fred Durst contacted Trent Reznor’s management to ask if he would be open to producing a few tracks. Neither a spokesperson for Reznor nor a spokesperson for Durst were available to confirm the report at press time. Reznor and Durst working together would be surprising, considering their high-profile war in the press a few years back. However, Reznor has in fact given Limp Bizkit permission to copy his lyrics to use in a song, so a reconciliation may be under way.
Reznor recently revealed he had not wanted to attack Durst’s band in the first place. “I made no bones in the press about my displeasure with Limp Bizkit, and I’ve kind of rethought that,” he said. “I mean, one time I was getting barbed in an interview by somebody, prompted to say bad things [about Limp Bizkit], and I said, ‘Look, I said what I have to say. I don’t need to be the bitter guy pointing the finger at the successful band with zero integrity…I really don’t want to do it.'”
The feud started in Rolling Stone in October 1999. Reznor said, “I like the challenges of flirting with the mainstream. I think we can do it honestly. Let Fred Durst surf a piece of plywood up my ass.” In another magazine a few months later, Durst responded by saying: “Trent Reznor is obviously unhappy with how he’s alienated the world, how long he took to make a record, and how he thought he was immortal. We’re just here doing what we do and we have nothing to say about anybody. I wish them both luck and I feel sorry that they’re so jealous and mad at themselves that they have to talk sh-t.”
Nine Inch Nails is set to release its live album and DVD, Nine Inch Nails Live: And All That Could Have Been on January 22.