Dozens of fans of the rap-rock nu-metal band Limp Bizkit showed up at a Sunoco gas station in Dayton, Ohio, because they heard about a “secret show.”
However, it turned out to be entirely false.
NOT TRUE – don’t let them pull one on you https://t.co/Qqcszn6Nsx
— Fred Durst (@freddurst) April 19, 2016
— Fuse TV (@fusetv) April 22, 2016
The rumor originated on Facebook and spread to Twitter. A man named Brian Baker set up a “Limp Bizkit to play 4/20 Secret Show” page that got picked up by local media outlets, reported The Independent.
The Dayton Police Department told locals not to go there, saying: “BE AWARE: There is NO Limp Bizkit concert Wed 4/20 at Sunoco station at Keowee St & Wayne Ave. These ads FALSE.”
BE AWARE: There is NO Limp Bizkit concert Wed. 4/20 at Sunoco station at Keowee St. & Wayne Ave. These ads FALSE. pic.twitter.com/wMo7bYxa9p
— Dayton Police Dept. (@DaytonPolice) April 19, 2016
— Stereogum (@stereogum) April 21, 2016
Lead singer Fred Durst also took to Twitter, saying the rumors are “NOT TRUE – don’t let them pull one on you.”
When some fans showed up, they only found police and an empty gas station. About 100 people stuck around even after the gas station was closed.
WHIO-TV reported that fans ended up playing Limp Bizkit songs on their car stereos.
— WHIOTV (@whiotv) April 21, 2016
“I have never laughed so hard like I have these last two days, yet understood so little about why it’s funny in the first place,” one of the hoax perpetrators, Andy Rowe, told The Daily Beast. “I keep asking myself, ‘Why does it seem like the whole world is bent on seeing Limp Bizkit play at this gas station?'”
As of 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Facebook page was getting 10 posts per minute.
“We all just passed it around. And we’re all ‘n together now, breaking stuff,” Baker told The Daily Beast, jokingly referring to the song “Break Stuff” by the band.
“It’s just one of those days.”