Friday, March 19, 2010

10/19/00 Limp Bizkit/Eminem/Papa Roach/Xzibit @ Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ

Say what you will about the credibility of these artists, but in terms of production values, this remains one of the best concerts I've seen. I hadn't planned on going, but when a friend offered me a ticket on the day of the show, I couldn't resist the opportunity to see two of my favorite acts.

This was right around the time of Limp Bizkit's horribly titled Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water and Eminem's best album, The Marshall Mather's LP, so it's safe to say that both were at or near the height of their careers. Eminem would coast at that peak for several more years, while Limp Bizkit would soon fade into cultural irrevelance.

This was the opener of the tour, which aimed to combine rap and rock for fun and profit.

Pre-Pimp My Ride Xzibit opened the show, followed by "Last Resort" rockers, Papa Roach.

Eminem came out in his then-trademark hockey mask and chainsaw to a stage set replicating his childhood home. He ran through all his hits amid various costume changes and visits to various rooms in the "house." I think Dido was on hand to provide the chorus to "Dear Stan." The performance had the acerbic vital tenacity of a troubled man that had just conquered the charts.

Limp Bizkit's stage set was even more outrageous with an industrial theme and blazing pyrotechnics sending heatwaves well out into the crowd.

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