Wes Scantlin back on the road and preparing for a new album.
After a tumultuous number of years, Wes Scantlin of Puddle of Mudd seems to have gotten his life on track and says he is, “11 months sober“. In an interview with Rock Titan, which you can watch below, Scantlin talked about having gotten out of incarceration, going to rehab and how there will be a new album very soon.
It’s positive news as Scantlin’s future has seemed very bleak for the last few years as he struggled with alcohol addiction which lead to numerous arrests. January 2016 saw him arrested for vandalising a house he used to own then his drinking affected the band’s tour as he went on bizarre rant at a gig later in January where he accused an audience member of stealing his house. Their March UK tour was plagued with incidents leading to all members of the band quitting mid set during their gig in Doncaster. Days later he was arrested after he ended up in a standoff with 30 armed police and then four weeks later was arrested again for missing a court date. In August Scantlin rigged his two cars with wires running to their gas tanks in order to deter would be thieves but this led to the bomb squad being called and evacuating four blocks of houses. In September of last year he was arrested while trying to take a BB gun onto a plane in Los Angeles’ LAX airport.
Puddle of Mudd last release of new material was 2009’s Volume 4: Songs In The Key Of Love & Hate but released an album of cover songs in 2011 called re(disc)overed. Wes Scantlin first achieved initial success after Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit heard Puddle of Mudd’s demo after they had split, but brought Scantlin to California and helped him put Puddle of Mudd back together. The band sold 5 million copies of their debut album, scoring huge hits with Blurry and She Hates Me.
Metal Report Editor.
Ex guitarist in Zenopede, ex vocals for a goth covers band that was hailed as the future of Welsh music, former DJ, promoter and nightclub director. Writer for Gear4Geeks’ Blog4Geeks and owner of Gear4Geeks ltd. First published music critique was Kerrang letter of the Week.
Definitely has never been the future, present or past of Welsh music.