Eruption in the Canyon: 212 Days & Nights With the Genius of Eddie Van Halen, is a new photobook written by Andrew Bennett that contains pictures and stories from the years Bennett spent filming the band at work in their studio in the early 2000s.
One of the stories involved an incident where Eddie Van Halen held a gun to Limp Bizkit frontman, Fred Durst’s head.
According to the book, the incident occurred in 2001 after guitarist Wes Borland quit Limp Bizkit and the band started looking for a replacement. Eddie Van Halen and Fred Durst were introduced at a party by a record executive who suggested they work together.
Bennett said Durst responded, “That would be hilarious. The greatest guitar playing ever plays with the worst band ever.” But Van Halen responded with, “Fuck it, let’s jam.”
So they get together to jam but Van Halen left after people started smoking weed, which he is not a fan of, leaving guitars and other equipment behind.
Van Halen then called Durst the next day about getting his equipment back, but Durst never responded.
Bennett continues the story in an excerpt from the book:
“Eddie once bought an assault vehicle from a military auction. It has a shine gun mount on the back and is not legal. Eddie drove that assault vehicle through L.A., into Beverly Hills, then parked and left it running on the front lawn of the house Limp Bizkit was rehearsing in. He got out wearing no shirt, his hair in a Samurai bun on top of his head, his jeans held up with a strand of rope and combat boots held together by duct tape. And he had a gun in his hand.”
“That asshole answered the door,” Bennett recalled Van Halen explaining. “I put my gun to that stupid fucking red hat of his, and I said, ‘Where’s my shit, motherfucker?’ That fucking guy just turned to one of his employees and starts yelling at him to grab my shit. … Eddie Van Halen stood on the front lawn of a residential home in Beverly Hills in broad daylight, smoking a cigarette while holding a gun on Fred Durst as he went back and forth from the house to the assault vehicle, lugging amps and guitars.”
Everyone is probably glad that collaboration never happened.