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Limp Bizkit pay tribute to Jessica Michalik; call BDO promoter “that fucking asshole”

Limp Bizkit have paid tribute to Jessica Michalik, the teenager fatally crushed during their performance at the Sydney Big Day Out 11 years ago, with a massive on stage banner at the first stop on this year’s Soundwave festival tour.

After playing My Way, Fred Durst told his side of the story about what happened at the BDO – “that son of a bitch promoter from Big Day Out, that fucking asshole threatened us and forced us to go on stage because he said there’d be riot if we didn’t. So with police in our dressing room – those fucking assholes with their hands on us pushing us out on to stage. We came out, we played some shit and we lost a human being named Jessica. So as much as we are here to be with you tonight… this is a tribute; a tribute to Jessica. Everything we do in Australia is a tribute to you baby. Let’s hear it for Jess. Her spirit is here today.”

Limp Bizkit set list:

Why Try

Bring It Back

Hot Dog

My Generation

Livin’ It Up

My Way

Take a Look Around

Nookie

Break Stuff

Fred Durst has also invited Jessica’s father George Michalik to attend the band’s first show in Sydney since the tragedy. Mr Michalik has told the Herald Sun that the attending the show will provide closure and says that the invitation is “very nice and touching, especially in contrast to what the Big Day Out did not do for her. Fred has prepared something very special for Jess in all his shows, but he wouldn’t elaborate. I like this suspense… We both equally need to celebrate Jessica’s purposeful change-of-scenery and get on with our lives without any shade of guilt burden. Jess’s friends need a positive closer, too, and Fred has the power and inclination to do it.’’

Mr Michalik claims that Durst is likely to duet with Jessica’s school friend Gabby Dever during the Limp Bizkit show in Sydney.

According to the Herald Sun article, Mr Michalik also claims that Durst had asked the festival promoters to give 16 backstage passes to Jessica’s friends but the plan was abandoned due to security fears that Jessica’s friends might plan a “revenge attack’’.

The Coronial Inquest into the Death of Jessica Michalik found that Durst’s actions were “reprehensible” and his on-stage comments were described as “inflammatory and insulting to the security personnel who were engaged in their best efforts to extricate crucially injured patrons from the crowd collapse.”