Tim Commerford, bassist of Rage Against the Machine, said that he is apologizing for Limp Bizkit, who has been inspired by his band’s music.
“I do apologize for Limp Bizkit,” he told Rolling Stone in a soon-to-be released in-depth interview. “I really do. I feel really bad that we inspired such bullshit.
Limp Bizkit has expressed many times that they were inspired by RATM’s music. In a concert in New York City last year, the band covered “Killing in the Name,” dedicating it “to the rap-rock band that started this sh*t.”
Limp Bizkit’s frontman Fred Durst–pointing to his heart–said that the song “hit him right the f*ck here” when he first heard the song. “And this next part” — RATM singer Zach de la Rocha’s repeated screams of “Fuck you!/I won’t do what you tell me!” — “changed my life,” he added.
“They’re gone, though,” Commerford told the magazine. “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.”
In the interview, Commerford also looked back at the infamous MTV Video Music Awards incident in 2000, when he climbed 20 feet onstage while Limp Bizkit accepted the award for Best Rock Video, beating RATM’s “Sleep Now in the Fire.”
“It’s aged like wine,” he said. “What was uncomfortable and a little bit bitter in 2000, now I savor it. I get more people that come up to me now. Back in 2000, it was like, ‘Dude, I saw you do that. What was that all about?’ Now, it’s like, ‘Dude, I saw you do that. That was so f–kin’ awesome! I love that.’ It feels more comfortable now to talk about.”
Commerford has recently formed a new band called Wakrat with two other members. They are currently working on their debut album, releasing a video for song “Knucklehead.” Meanwhile, a RATM DVD titled “Live at Finsbury Park” is set to be released on October 16.