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What Did Fred Durst From Limp Bizkit Do and Say At Woodstock 99? Netflix Documentary Takes A Look Back

Netflix came out with a documentary of the disastrous music festival held in 1999, Woodstock 99, which was complete chaos, but the blame came down to a metal band, Limp Bizkit.

The media framed the band and its aggressive music for the chaos, death, and damage caused in the festival, making the lead, Fred Durst, the villain, but the actual story is a lot more different.

Let us learn more about what the singer of the band said that aggravated the crowd, the Netflix documentary, the accidents and death at the event, and where Fred Durst from Limp Bizkit is now.

What Did Fred Durst From Limp Bizkit Do and Say At Woodstock 99?

Fred Durst from Limp Bizkit was the center of all the hate and blame for the disaster that the Woodstock 99 festival turned out to be, and all because he tried to engage with the crowd and rile them up during their performance.

The year is 1999, and John Schler decided to recreate the Woodstock 69 festival thirty years later with one of the bands, Limp Bizkit performing at the music festival.

The Woodstock art and music festival was great in the 60s, and to build the same nostalgic feeling, more than 200,000 people attended the festival. It was the performance of a lifetime for an up-and-coming band like Limp Bizkit.

As the band got onto the stage, the lead singer, Fred Durst, did what he does best during his concerts and started to get the audience fired up with his rock songs and his words.

The audience was very engaging and energetic, with some starting to crowd surf on the wood boards. Later during their performance of the song Break Stuff, Fred told the raging audience to let loose, saying,

“We already let all the negative energy out. It’s time to bring some positive energy into this.”

However, it seemed like the audience misunderstood the situation, and there were reports of physical and sexual assault in the crowd of aggravated festival goers.

The Woodstock 99 festival was a disaster, and the organizers blamed Fred for having said the above words. Still, in reality, the actual chaos took place a day after Limp Bizkit’s performance, where people destroyed stuff and burned the place down.

Netflix Documentary Reveals The Real Downfall Of Woodstock 99

Netflix released a documentary remembering the downfalls of the Woodstock festival in 1999 named Trainwreck: Woodstock 99 that took a deep dive into what caused the festival to be such an utter failure.

The documentary revealed that the revival of the 60’s Woodstock festival was already a failure when the organizers decided to choose profit over the safety and satisfaction of the attendees.

Woodstock 99 had overpriced food and drinks in a scorching and unsanitary environment where people had to shuffle through trash on the second day.

Although the organizers blamed Limp Bizkit and other provocative bands and their music for riling up the crowds into being destructive, the result was brought on by dehydrated angry attendees of an unorganized festival.

Soon, mob mentality took over the agitated crowd, overcharged and mistreated, riled up from the loud music, alcohol, and drugs. The chaos occurred on the festival’s third day, a day after Limp Bizkit’s performance.

As RHCP handed out candles for mourning the victims of the Columbine school shooting as a stance against gun violence, the crowd took a different turn, and the riot started.

Deaths At Woodstock 99 Festival

The chaos and riots at the Woodstock 99 were not only limited to the stage and venue, as the riot caused the deaths of three people.

Apart from the deaths, many people got injured during the chaos and destruction on the final day, with many more cases of sexual assault.

More than forty people got arrested on the festival’s final day after the crowd turned into an angry mob, starting riots and destroying things, and people fighting each other.

Where is Fred Durst today?

The lead vocalist of Limp Bizkit, Fred Durst, tried to turn around his public persona after feeling misunderstood after all the drama and decided to take a long hiatus.

Later he returned as an actor and director with appearances in some big hits like House MD, Mostly 4 Millenials, and Fast Lane.

He is not lacking as a director either, as he has over 40 credits as a director, and some of the hits he worked on are The Fanatic, The Longshots, and many music videos and documentary shots.