Puddle of Mudd Show Halted When Wes Scantlin Has Apparent Meltdown
A Puddle of Mudd show at Scottsdale, Ariz., came to a screeching halt when frontman Wes Scantlin apparently became enraged, smashing both his own equipment and a portion of the drum kit. It's unclear what exactly sparked Scantlin's outburst last night (April 2), but it was captured on the video posted below.
Scantlin is the last original member of Puddle of Mudd, which was co-founded with Jimmy Allen, Kenny Burkitt and Sean Sammon in 1992. Allen departed in 1996, returning for a brief stint in 2005. Burkitt and Sammon have been absent since 2000, leaving a band that has remained in flux even as it rose to fame after signing a major-label deal. The current lineup got together with Scantlin in 2014, replacing a group that had backed him since 2011.
Wes Scantlin had a similar incident in April of last year, reportedly injuring a fan after throwing a microphone in the audience at a Dallas show. He's had a number of brushes with the law over the last few years, as well.
That includes a January 2012 arrest for possession of a controlled substance; an altercation on an airplane in September of the same year; an arrest for allegedly attacking his ex-wife in May 2013; an incident involving vandalism with a saw and sledgehammer in July 2013; a missed court date that led to a warrant for his arrest in December 2013; and a January 2015 arrest for taking a joyride in an airport baggage carousel.
Fans have gathered at the post-grunge group's official Facebook page to vent. This far, Puddle of Mudd – who have dates continuing through 2015 – hasn't posted any official response.
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