Fred Durst is an American musician and film director who is best known for being part of the band Limp Bizkit. He has a net worth of approximately $20 million. This article will take a closer look at how he achieved this net worth with his rock band and beyond.
Early Working Life
According to Eighties Kids, Durst had several jobs before pursuing a career in music, including mowing lawns and working as a tattoo artist. It was during this time that he had the idea for forming a band that combined two of his favorite music genres - heavy metal and hip-hop.
Limp Bizkit were formed in 1994 with Durst, Sam Rivers and John Otto as the founding members of the band. Before the band became really well known they were also joined by Wes Borland and DJ Lethal. The band gained a local following in their early days when they were part of the underground music scene. They would cover pop songs such as Faith by George Michael and Straight Up by Paula Abdul in their unique style, and this bought them a lot of attention.
They got their first big break before they were signed to a record label when they were invited to tour with Korn. This came about after Durst offered to give bassist Reginald Arvizu a tattoo and used the opportunity to play him one of their demo tapes. Shortly after this, they signed to Flip Records and released their first album Three Dollar Bill Y'all. They achieved mainstream success with the release of their next two albums Significant Other and Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water. Both of these albums reached the number one spot on the Billboard 200. In 2005 the band released their fourth album, The Unquestionable Truth as well as a greatest hits album before they went on hiatus. When they reformed in 2009 they released their fifth album, Gold Cobra.
As well as album sales, Durst would have also made money from touring with Limp Bizkit. As well as touring in the United States, they have also performed at other shows and concerts all over the world. Durst has often been involved in public spats with other musicians including Eminem, and bands such as Slipknot and Placebo. There have been suggestions that the reason he gets involved in these controversies is that he wants to keep Limp Bizkit in the headlines, and that he does not really mind if this is not for the right reasons. This helps to maintain public awareness of Limp Bizkit which helps them to sell records and this has had a very positive effect on his overall net worth.
Other Musical Work
He has also collaborated with other artists on some of their songs. Some of these collaborations took place in the early stages of his career and would have helped to raise his profile, and that of Limp Bizkit. He featured on songs by Korn and Soulfly in 1998 which were tracks on their respective albums that were released that year. Throughout his career he has also worked with acts such as Run DMC, Kevin Rudolf and Corey Feldman and recorded songs which feature on their albums. He tends to be the only member of Limp Bizkit that works on his own projects. He has also performed with other artists on stage on a number of occasions. One of his most controversial duets was made with Christina Aguilera at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2000. The pair teamed up to perform a version of Livin' It Up by Limp Bizkit. The duet was called embarrassing by Richard Patrick of Filter which led to Durst claiming he only did it for the nookie. Aguilera responded by confirming that there was no nookie. An article on the MTV website reports that Aguilera was at home when she heard his comments. She wanted to be quick to let people know that nothing happened between the two of them.
When Limp Bizkit were on hiatus, he decided to explore working in the film industry further. Although he was primarily interested in the direction and production aspect of films, his first involvement in the industry was as an actor. He had already played himself in Zoolander and Pauly Shore Is Dead, before having small acting roles in Revelations and Sorry Haters. He also appeared in both episodes of the two-part season four finale of House MD. His first movie role came in 2006 when he starred in Population 436. This was his first major role and he starred as a deputy sheriff of a town where the population has stayed at 436 for over 100 years. Even though he did enjoy the acting work, he knew that directing and producing movies was the job that he really wanted to do.
His first directing job came in The Education Of Charlie Banks which was released in 2007. This was a coming of age film that starred Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Ritter. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and went on to have a limited release in North America before being released onto DVD. His most successful directing role to date has been The Longshots, a comedy-drama that starred Ice Cube and Keke Palmer. The film was based on the true story of how Jasmine Plummer became the first female to compete in the Pop Warner football tournament. The film made over $4 million at the box office in its opening weekend. The most recent film he has worked on is Fanatic starring John Travolta and Devon Sawa. Dread Central praised the movie for creating a situation where even though what the antagonist is doing is wrong, viewers will have some degree of sympathy for him. The movie was not a huge success at the box office, but it does show that Durst is able to attract big names to star in his movies and this may help to contribute to his net worth further in the future.
Written by Allen Lee
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