Limp Bizkit manager Peter Katsis revealed the band earnestly tried to reschedule a Northern California date for the Put Your Guitar Where Your Mouth Is audition. It was first slated to take place in early January, but when word of the search at Concord, California Guitar Center reached the owner and the other tenants of the strip mall, they weren’t too pleased. Katsis revealed an Incubus in-store gone awry two months ago rained on Limp’s parade.
“Incubus had done an in-store at the Tower Records inside the same strip-mall,” he said. “There was considerable damage to several of the surrounding businesses. The Good Guys store seemed to take the brunt of the damage so the Good Guys, when they heard the event was coming on the radio, talked to the landlord who owns the strip mall and said, ‘You know, you can’t let this happen. Remember what happened with Incubus?’ So it was the landlord of the strip mall that came back to Guitar Center and said, ‘I’m not allowing you guys to do this here. It’s my parking lot. I won’t give you permission. Forget about it.'”
Katsis said Limp Bizkit didn’t give up so easily. The band tried to reschedule the search for Sunday (February 10) in one of four stores, but it didn’t come together. “We had then try to go through the proper channels to permit any one of the four stores, Concord, El Cerrito, San Francisco, or San Jose. We were like, ‘We’ll do it anywhere. Just get one of them done.’ Well, they were unable to get permits with any of the other stores accomplished with the police. It seems as if the biggest issue is space. There’s no parking, there’s no capability to handle a big crowd, the buses, or anything else.”
The Limp Bizkit Put Your Guitar Where Your Mouth Is tour ends today (February 11) at the Guitar Center in Los Angeles.