Limp Bizkit was formed in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1994 by Fred Durst, Sam Rivers, John Otto, and eventually, guitarist Wes Borland. The band is known for its unique blend of nu-metal and rap-rock. Their debut album, “Three Dollar Bill, Y’all,” was released in 1997 and included the hit single “Counterfeit.” However, it was their second album, “Significant Other,” released in 1999, that truly catapulted them into stardom. This album featured hits like “Nookie” and “Break Stuff” and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, eventually going on to achieve multi-platinum status.
After the massive success of “Significant Other,” Limp Bizkit released “Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water” in 2000. This album was another commercial blockbuster and featured hit singles like “My Way” and “Rollin’ (Air Raid Vehicle).” The latter became one of the band’s signature songs and even garnered a Grammy nomination. However, the band started facing criticism for their lyrical content, and Wes Borland departed in 2001. Various line-up changes occurred, including the brief tenures of Mike Smith and Terry Balsamo as guitarists. The band released “Results May Vary” in 2003, which did not receive the same level of acclaim as their previous albums.
Wes Borland returned to the band in 2004, and they released “The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1)” in 2005, but it also failed to match the success of their early work. After a hiatus, they came back with “Gold Cobra” in 2011. Although it debuted in the Top 20 of the Billboard 200, it quickly fell off the charts. This article takes a look at all Limp Bizkit band members including both current and former members of the band.
Limp Bizkit Current Band Members
Fred Durst is the frontman and vocalist for Limp Bizkit, and one of its founding members, having formed the band in 1994. He is originally from Gastonia, North Carolina. Durst has been involved in all of the band’s studio albums, from “Three Dollar Bill, Y’all$” (1997) to “Gold Cobra” (2011), and is known for songs like “Break Stuff,” “Rollin’,” and “My Way.” Besides his role in Limp Bizkit, Durst has also directed several films and has acted in both movies and television shows.
Wes Borland is the band’s guitarist and another one of its founding members. He is originally from Richmond, Virginia. Borland has been involved in all Limp Bizkit albums except for “Results May Vary” (2003). Known for his eccentric stage presence and outfits, Borland is responsible for some of the band’s signature sounds. Outside of Limp Bizkit, Borland has been involved in other musical projects like Black Light Burns and Big Dumb Face.
Sam Rivers is the bassist for Limp Bizkit and is originally from Jacksonville, Florida. He’s been with the band since its inception in 1994. Rivers has been a consistent member of the band and has performed on all of their studio albums. Besides Limp Bizkit, Rivers has also been involved in other projects but none as high-profile as Limp Bizkit.
John Otto is the drummer for Limp Bizkit, and like Rivers and Durst, he’s been with the band since its inception. He is originally from Jacksonville, Florida. Otto has been a part of all the studio albums by Limp Bizkit and is particularly noted for his intricate rhythms that mix rock and hip-hop. He has stayed with the band throughout its career with no breaks.
Leor Dimant, better known as DJ Lethal, joined Limp Bizkit in 1996 as their turntablist. Originally from Riga, Latvia, he was previously a member of the rap group House of Pain. DJ Lethal has contributed to all of Limp Bizkit’s albums up to “The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1)” in 2005. He was absent from the band between 2012 and 2018 but returned to perform with them afterward.
Limp Bizkit Former Band Members
Terry Balsamo served as the band’s guitarist during Wes Borland’s hiatus from the band. Balsamo was part of the lineup that recorded the album “Results May Vary” in 2003. He is originally from Jacksonville, Florida. Before joining Limp Bizkit, Balsamo was a member of the band Cold. After his stint with Limp Bizkit, he went on to join Evanescence.
Mike Smith was another guitarist who joined Limp Bizkit during Wes Borland’s absence. He was part of the band in 2003-2004 but did not contribute to any studio albums. Smith was previously a member of the band Snot.
Rob Waters was briefly a part of Limp Bizkit as a guitarist in 1994 before Wes Borland joined the group. His tenure with the band was short-lived, and he did not participate in any recordings.
Sam Siegler was another drummer for Limp Bizkit but only for a brief period. He filled in for John Otto during some live shows but was never a full-time member of the band. Siegler had previously played with bands like CIV and Glassjaw.
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