Following controversies surrounding the lead singer’s pro-Putin statements, Limp Bizkit saw a low turnout during their first show in Lithuania since 2009.
“Of course, [the arena] can accommodate 20,000, but it can’t always be filled,” Ina Roze from Sia Star Booking, the Latvian company organising the concert, told LRT English. Local media previously reported that some 2,500 fans attended the show.
In 2015, the lead singer Fred Durst was banned from entering Ukraine for five years after he said he wanted to buy a house in Crimea and praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for his “clear moral principles”.
His statements at the time were criticised across Europe and in Lithuania.
“That was a very long time ago and [...] he’s not making [those] statements anymore,” said Roze. “He hasn’t said anything like that when he was [in Kaunas].”
The Crimean peninsula was annexed by Russian forces in 2014.
The organisers previously told 15min.lt that “we fully understand the situation, because we’re from Latvia and are patriotic ourselves.” The band was told to refrain from political messages, according to 15min.lt.
“The concert was very good and the audience was very happy, and the band was very happy about the energy,” said Roza.
The band’s next gig in Latvia on Friday is almost sold out, the organisers told LRT English.
Limp Bizkit, a popular nu-metal band from the US, was formed in 1994 and went on to be nominated for several Grammy Awards.