From: Tom Whore (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Apr 25 2000 - 13:39:45 PDT
So Limp Bizkit sides with napster and gets sponsorship for a chunk of the
new tour:)- Nice bedfellowing.
Whats interesting to note, Limp is a major name on the mp3 juarez circut
and thier last album still sold 8 million.
In the words of Anthony Kiedias "give it away give it away give it away
yalll I cant tell if Im a kingpin or a pauper"
'Bizkit Bonds With Napster Reuters
LOS ANGELES -- Hard rock band Limp Bizkit has teamed up with
controversial Internet company Napster Inc. to launch a free U.S. concert
tour, and the group's singer Monday criticized fellow artists who have
accused Napster of promoting music piracy. Napster allows users to trade
and search for MP3s (free downloadable files of musical performances). A
fan can type in the name of the desired song, click on the desired version
and instantly download it -- all for free.
The music industry's trade group, the Recording Industry Association of
America, sued Napster in December, charging that the San Mateo,
California, company's website promotes piracy and copyright infringement.
Rock band Metallica and rap pioneer Dr. Dre have also waded in against
Napster in recent weeks. But the controversy has washed over Limp Bizkit
singer Fred Durst, who told a news conference that Napster was a great way
for fans to sample an album before buying it. "I would think the only
people worried about that are people that are really worried about their
bank accounts," he said. In the opposite corner, Metallica drummer Lars
Ulrich accused Napster and several universities that allow access to it of
"trafficking in stolen goods" when the band announced a copyright
infringement and racketeering lawsuit against the company April 14. "It is
... sickening to know that our art is being traded like a commodity rather
than the art that it is," Ulrich added. Dr. Dre demanded last week that
Napster take his music off its directory, saying his copyrights were being
infringed. Durst countered that Napster was "an amazing way to market and
promote music" to a massive audience. "The Internet is here, and anybody
trying to fight that, which would be people who are living by certain
standards and practices of the record industry -- those are the only
people who are scared and threatened," Durst said. Asked to comment
specifically on Metallica's stance, he replied, "I don't think anything
about what Metallica thinks." Napster is underwriting the cost of the
tour, which Limp Bizkit manager Jeff Kwatinetz estimated at about $1.8
million. Beginning in July, the band will play multiple dates at
3,000-5,000-seat venues in Chicago, Minneapolis, Detroit, Boston, New
York, Dallas, Denver, San Francisco, Seattle, and Los Angeles. Dates and
venues will be announced later. The tour coincides with the release of
Limp Bizkit's third album, Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored
Water, due out in August. The band's current album Significant Other, has
sold about 8 million copies worldwide.
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