Limp Bizkit cancel tour dates over COVID concerns

9 August 2021, 13:53 | Updated: 9 August 2021, 13:55

Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit backstage at Lollapalooza in July 2021
Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit backstage at Lollapalooza in July 2021. Picture: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

Fred Durst and co are out of action for the rest of August, the band has said.

Limp Bizkit have cancelled their concerts for the rest of the month due to concerns over coronavirus.

The US rap metallers made a return to live performance at the Lollapalooza festival on 31 July but after cancelling a gig in New Jersey at short notice on Friday (5 August), they have now decided to pull their remaining tour dates for safety reasons.

They said in a statement: "Out of an abundance of caution and concern for the safety of the band, crew and most of all the fans, the Limp Bizkit show this Monday and the remaining August tour is being cancelled.

“Refunds are available at their points of purchase. All tickets purchased online will be automatically refunded.”

Sam Rivers, Wes Borland, DJ Lethal and Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit backstage at Lollapalooza 2021
Sam Rivers, Wes Borland, DJ Lethal and Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit backstage at Lollapalooza 2021. Picture: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

Shortly after Friday's gig was postponed, online speculation claimed guitarist Wes Borland had tested positive for COVID, but frontman Fred Durst forcefully quashed the rumours.

He wrote on Instagram: “Let us be clear: 1. Wes Borland does not have Covid. 2. The system is seriously flawed. 3. We don’t care much about the BS… We care a lot about you… Dad vibes coming soon."

And Borland wrote on his own Instagram Story: “I’m not sick… No seriously. No matter what you’ve read, I don’t have Covid. I’m fine."

The band are still scheduled to play their remaining festival shows, which kick off at Rocklahoma on 5 September and also include shows at Danville, Virginia’s Blue Ridge Rock Festival and Rebel Rock in Orlando.

The group haven't released a new album since 2011's Gold Cobra and Borland recently admitted that Durst being a "perfectionist" has played a big part in the delay.

He told Avenged Sevenfold's Johnny Christ in June: "He’s so talented, and I love him so much as a brother, but if he’s not ready to do it, he’s not ready to do it.

"My whole thing is I force things, but I’m happy to make mistakes and get embarrassed and go, 'Oh, I shouldn’t have done that.'

"But I just like to put stuff out. But he’s a perfectionist, so we’ll see when he’s ready to do it."