Dan Siebold

MUSINK Featuring Limp Bizkit @ OC Fairgrounds – 03/09/2019

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Limp Bizkit @ Musink — 3/9/19

In what has become the preeminent tattoo and music festival, the 12th edition of MUSINK blasted its way back to the OC Fairgrounds and Event Center March 8-10, 2019. Curated by blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, the weekend included over a dozen musical acts performing inside the Hanger and hundreds of tattoo artists from all over the world inside the various exhibit halls spread over the fairgrounds.

As for musical acts, Saturday was the lightest of the 3 day run artist-wise but touted the return of Limp Bizkit, complete with their original lineup. With abbreviated DJ sets from Travis Barker in between acts and the annual Miss Musink tattoo competition, the night was rounded out by hip hip artists HO99O9 and City Morgue.

Although 20 years have passed since Fred Durst and Company were on top of the musical world, the iconic frontman for Limp Bizkit took the stage with confidence and fervor along with his bandmates – Wes Borland (guitar), Sam Rivers (bass), DJ Lethal (turntables) and John Otto (drums).  

Complete with baggy pants, Suicidal Tendencies hat (the headliner the evening before) and a Bo Jackson Raider jersey the outspoken and still ego-driven Durst followed Borland onstage and broke into the opening track “Hot Dog”. The tune connected instantly with the crowd and had the packed crowd singing along—the first of many to come during their 10 song setlist. On “Break Stuff” Borland jump immediately into the pit and crowd surfed while keeping up his lead guitar duties, eventually clearing out space on the floor to finish the song amongst sweaty fans.

Durst then claimed to want to turn the venue into a giant time machine, launching into a thunderous version of “My Generation”. He succeeded in jumping back in time with additional tunes such as “Rollin’ (Air Raid Vehicle)” and the classic “Nookie”. The performance matched the initial attitude and feeling that the band brought 2 decades ago.
 
Clocking in at exactly 60 minutes, the band whipped through “My Way” before taking a break from their greatest hits collection to play a medley of Nirvana songs. Their hostile version of George Michael’s “Faith” was backed by set closer “Take A Look Around”, concluding the evening a full 10 minutes prior to curfew.

City Morgue helped warm up the late arriving crowd with an opening spot on the bill. After a break for the Miss Musink tattoo contest, the New Jersey hip hop duo HO99O9 (pronounced Horror) brought a violent and assertive vibe to the stage. A fixture on the festival circuit, Eaddy and theOGM won over many fans with their rock-infused style of hip hop—culminating with a full standing backflip from Eaddy during the band’s final song.

The 12th installment of this hybrid music/arts festival was yet again a huge success, Sunday’s musical lineup promised a punk-infused day with The Vandals, Fear, Dead Kennedys and TSOL leading the bill.

Limp Bizkit Setlist: 

Hot Dog | Break Stuff | My Generation | Rollin’ (Air Raid Vehicle) | Nookie | Full Nelson | My Way | Heart Shaped Box/Smells Like Teen Spirit | Faith | Take A Look Around

General MUSINK Atmosphere

Ho99o9 Photo Gallery

Limp Bizkit Photo Gallery

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