Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Wait Pays off for Bizkit Fans Most Get Wristbands for Concert

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Wait Pays off for Bizkit Fans Most Get Wristbands for Concert

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The troop of seven teens spun and whirled in ecstasy, skipping and hooting as black storm clouds rolled in over the Edge 2000 club, where Limp Bizkit would perform in a matter of hours. The area was abandoned and quiet, with bags of garbage lining the storefronts.

A few hours earlier, 2,000 fans made a writhing snake from the Edge entrance down a few hundred yards to a Winn-Dixie. Guards dispensed wristbands from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The septet were some of the few hundred fans who missed out on tickets.

But in a moment of enterprise, they asked security if they could help clean in exchange for free tickets. It worked. They were put to work picking up bottles, pizza, lawn chairs and other overnight detritus.

"We were almost at the door, and the cops turned us out," said Audrey Wilson, 17. "We couldn't give up."

By 1 p.m., when she drove home to rest before the show, the Town & Country Shopping Center was a ghost mall.

The first band van to appear belonged to the four gentlemen in Alcoholica.

Alcoholica is a Metallica cover band, a glorious irony considering the recent Napster-Metallica battles. Napster, which is sponsoring the Limp Bizkit tour, is being sued by Metallica for giving away music over the internet. So Fred Durst, Bizkit front man, hired Alcoholica to play Metallica cover songs free as a jab at the band that is attacking his label.

The four band members, looking dazed, were nervous about one detail: Where was the catering tent? They assigned each other to find it as the rain drizzled.

Up by the front of the club, under the awnings, two teenage boys were passed out on lounge chairs.

The 16-year-olds, Brandon Humphries and Kevin Lenza, were the remnants of the morning line. They were the ghosts in the ghost mall. Their eyes were bloodshot from a night without sleep, and they were the only two people under the mall awnings. The last night, they remembered vividly, the tour promoters had given away pizza.

"But it sucked. We didn't get pizza until like the very last pizza," Brandon said.

The mall was still quiet in mid-afternoon.

The big, black Bizkit bus pulled in at 3:30 p.m. Brandy Berry, 20, Natalie Smith, 14, and Natalie's mother, Lucy Lopez, were waiting.

By a stroke of good fortune, Brandy poured drinks for Bizkit member D.J. Lethal the night before, at Wacko's Bar & Grill. He had given her two free wristbands, and now she was trying to score a third for Lopez.

Brandy reintroduced herself with a hug as Lethal stepped off a bus. He took Brandy and the women around the back, despite the protests of a security guard.

Lethal and the three women strolled behind the Edge to where band equipment was dragged from truck to stage, and where guards interrogated Natalie and her mom once a minute. Brandy had walked inside with Lethal, leaving the other two to loiter nervously outside, avoiding everyone for fear of being kicked out for sneaking in. …

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