Published Sep 29, 2015For all the good Rage Against the Machine did, from instilling a generation of youths with a political mindset to delivering a then-mind-bending blend of hard-edged sonics and hip-hop grooves, the band's legacy also includes the flood of bro'd-up, rap-rock renegades like Limp Bizkit who came in their wake. And for that, Rage bassist Tim Commerford is now profusely sorry. A new interview has him clarifying that, unlike Fred Durst, he and his former bandmates didn't do it all for the nookie.
Commerford's decision to apologize apparently stems from Limp Bizkit having praised Rage Against the Machine in concert last year by performing their 1992 insta-classic "Killing in the Name," which originally appeared on RATM's landmark self-titled debut. A fan-shot concert clip, which you'll find below, finds Durst delivering a heartfelt onstage speech "dedicated to the rap-rock band that started this shit," adding that the song's refrain of "Fuck you! / I won't do what you tell me!" changed his life.
That apparently, makes Commerford feel just awful.
"I do apologize for Limp Bizkit," he now tells Rolling Stone. "I really do. I feel really bad that we inspired such bullshit."
Interestingly, the bassist, who currently plays in Wakrat and Future User, thought that the Chocolate Starfish crew had called it a day, noting, "They're gone, though."
Sadly, depending on who you're talking to, Limp Bizkit are still active. All the same, Commerford commented: "That's the beautiful thing. There's only one left, and that's Rage, and as far as I'm concerned, we're the only one that matters."
Rage Against the Machine formed in California in 1991 and went on to record four full-length studio LPs before disbanding in 2000. They'd later reunite in 2007 for tours and festival appearances, but went on hiatus again back in 2011.
The band's Live at Finsbury Park DVD/Blu-ray release, documenting a UK show from 2010, hits stores October 16 via Eagle Rock Entertainment.