Limp Bizkit Pay Tribute To Tragic Fan At Australian Show

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February 29, 2012 | 7:36am EST

Rockers Limp Bizkit used their appearance at Australia’s Soundwave Festival to pay tribute to a teenage fan who was killed in a crush during the band’s set at the same venue in 2001.
Jessica Michalik died while the group played at Big Day Out at the Sydney Showgrounds, and the band returned to the venue for the first time since the tragedy to perform at Soundwave on Sunday.

During the set, the band unveiled a giant pink backdrop with Michalik’s name on it, before playing their hit My Way.

Frontman Fred Durst dedicated the show to the teenager and spoke out about the tragedy, telling the crowd he did not want to take to the stage at the 2001 show over crowd safety fears, but he felt obliged to fulfil his commitment to organisers.

He said, “(The promoter) said there would be a riot if we didn’t (perform). So with police in our dressing room, f**king a**holes with their hands on us pushing us on to the stage. We came out, we played some s**t, and we lost a human being named Jessica… So as much as we are here to be with you tonight, this is is a tribute, a tribute to Jessica.

“Everything we do right here in Australia is for you baby. Let’s hear it for Jess. Her spirit is here today.”

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