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11.08.01

Stars prepare for MTV Awards

Stars including Kylie Minogue, Craig David and Limp Bizkit are currently going through their final rehearsal steps for tonight's MTV Europe Awards ceremony in Frankfurt.

Last night a special dinner was held for all the stars. Mary J. blige failed to attend but Kylie was there and said she was disappointed that Hollywood actor Ben Stiller hadn't turned up. 'I was hoping to meet him,' said Kylie. Awards presenter Ali G has told the producers of tonight's show that none of his speeches must be edited. So prepare for some flying lawsuits from irate pop stars tomorrow!

Basement Jaxx plan a special live performance of Where's Your Head At and there are also live performances from Kylie, Limp Bizkit, Craig David, Blink 182, Depeche Mode and Dido.

Arriving at the venue for tonight's show, Travis' Fran Healy said: 'I can't believe the amount of money that's been spent on this show. It seems so decadent when around the corner there are tramps in sleeping bags. I think it's my Catholic guilt but that's not necessarily a bad thing.'

Meanwhile security at tonight's concert is expected to be the tightest ever for a pop awards bash in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks. Armed police, undercover cops and an army of security men will protect fans and performers. Guests face five security checks before they even get to Frankfurt's Festhalle. Most rehearsals have been closed to photographers and all mail to stars attending the show is being left unopened due to anthrax fears.

Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst will perform Thank You at the Awards along with Puddle of Mudd singer/guitarist Wes Scantlin.

Limp Bizkit are up for four awards together with U2 and Craig David while the Gorillaz lead the pack with six nominations.

Destiny's Child and Janet Jackson have already pulled out of tonight's show because of security fears.

The ceremony kicks off at 7.30pm and worldpop will be reporting live from the event so don't forget to check worldpop later this evening for all the updates on winners and all the backstage gossip.


Fred Durst, Mudd Frontman To Tackle Led Zep Classic

Duo to perform 'Thank You' at MTV Europe Music Awards.

First it was a rendition of Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" and now a cover of the mighty Led Zeppelin's "Thank You" — could Fred Durst be trading the dope rhymes of hip-hop for the deep sentiment of classic rock?

Not likely, though the Limp Bizkit frontman will perform "Thank You" at the MTV Europe Music Awards Thursday, along with Puddle of Mudd singer/guitarist Wes Scantlin, according to an Interscope Records spokesperson.

Limp Bizkit is in contention for four Euro-Moonmen, including Best Group and Best Album. Gorillaz lead the pack of nominees with six nods.

Durst and Goo Goo Dolls singer Johnny Rzeznik performed "Wish You Were Here" at the live network telethon "America: A Tribute to Heroes" in September. That performance will be included on the America: A Tribute to Heroes CD and video coming out December 4.


Borland Eats Solo Career

Former Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland has named his new band Eat The Day, following his split from the nu-metal figureheads.

Borland, who quit Bizkit last month, is expected to release an album of new material next year, with the band comprising the same line-up as his Big Dumb Face side-project.

He will joined by his brother Scott on guitars and vocals, Greg Isabel on drums and DJ/sampler Kylle Weeks.

In a statement on the Eat The Day website, Borland claims: If you like what I did in Limp Bizkit and see where I wanted to go with it, you will love this new band.

The record is to be produced by acclaimed nu-metal studio guru Ross Robinson and Eat The Day are expected to tour the album.


Ex-Bizkit Borland Digs In With His New Band, Eat The Day

Since leaving Limp Bizkit, Wes Borland is taking the Latin phrase "carpe diem" to the next level. Not content to simply "seize the day," the guitarist is wholly devouring it with his new band.

Eat the Day — Borland, his brother Scott on guitars and vocals, Greg Isabel on drums and Kyle Weeks on electronics — are working on preliminary tracks for their debut album in Borland's Los Angeles home studio, according to a group spokesperson. The Borlands will alternate handling bass duties.

"If you like what I did in Limp Bizkit and saw where I wanted to go with it, you will love this new band," Borland said in a statement.

Borland aficionados may be experiencing déjà vu, as Eat the Day's lineup is identical to that of his side project Big Dumb Face, who released their debut album in March. However, fans who might have been put off by BDF's heavy-handed, tongue-in-cheek approach and the ridiculous songs on their Duke Lion Fights the Terror!! will be pleased to know that Borland's spokesperson described Eat the Day as a much more serious endeavor.

After assembling a stockpile of songs, the group will narrow the selections down for the LP, which will be produced by Ross Robinson (Slipknot, Korn) in January. The album is expected to surface toward the middle of next year. Tracks that don't make the cut are likely to turn up on the Big Dumb Face Web site (www.bigdumbface.com), the spokesperson said.

Eat the Day are also expected to tour next year in support of the as-yet-untitled album, then begin work on another Big Dumb Face project. Goatslayer, another side project Borland has been a part of for the past 10 years, will also work on new material next year.


New Old Songs Online

With the release of their remix album 'New Old Songs' just a month away, Limp Bizkit fans can get hold of selected tracks upfront by downloading them from the official site - www.limpbizkit.com.

Different tracks will be available each week and the first song online (until December 4) is Fred Durst and Josh Abraham's remix of 'Faith'.

As previously reported on dotmusic, 'Old New Songs' features remixes of some of the band's biggest hits by the likes of Neptunes, William Orbit, Timbaland, P Diddy, Butch Vig, DJ Lethal and many more.


Tracks For Limp Bizkit Remix LP Revealed; Wes Borland's Cut Axed

Former guitarist's retooling of 'Break Stuff' won't be on album.

The track list for Limp Bizkit's remix album, New Old Songs, due December 4, has surfaced, though fans looking forward to a contribution by departed guitarist Wes Borland may be disappointed.

The face-painted axeman's remix of "Break Stuff," which DJ Lethal touted as one of the album's highlights in early October, is absent from the LP's lineup, according to an Interscope spokesperson. Lethal described Borland's remix as "the most drastic" reinterpretation of any track then being considered for New Old Songs, likening it to "Squarepusher [and] Aphex Twin — just loud and really crazy". Lethal has also rendered his own variation on the Significant Other tune for the album, which he said has more of a club sound.

Borland left his Bizkit bandmates in mid-October.

Other tracks included on New Old Songs are the Neptunes' remix of "N 2 Gether Now" (featuring Method Man), Bubba Sparxxx guesting on Timbaland's rearrangement of "Rearranged" and Garbage drummer Butch Vig's reorganized "Nookie."

New Old Songs track list, according to Interscope Records:

  • "Nookie" (remix by the Neptunes)
  • "Take a Look Around" (featuring E-40 & 8Ball, remix by Timbaland)
  • "Break Stuff" (remix by DJ Lethal)
  • "My Way" (remix by P. Diddy)
  • "Crushed" (remix by Bosko)
  • "N 2 Gether Now" (featuring Method Man, remix by the Neptunes)
  • "Re-Arranged" (featuring Bubba Sparxxx, remix by Timbaland)
  • "Getcha Groove On" (featuring Xzibit, remix by DJ Premier)
  • "Faith" (featuring Everlast, remix by Fred Durst and Josh Abraham)
  • "My Way" (remix by DJ Lethal)
  • "Nookie" (remix by Butch Vig)
  • "Counterfeit" (remix by DJ Lethal)
  • "Rollin' " (remix by DJ vs. the Track Mack)
  • "My Way" (remix by DJ Premier)
  • "My Way" (remix by William Orbit)
  • "My Way" (remix by Dub Pistols)