Shortly after the release of their first album in four years, PUDDLE OF MUDD finds themselves unwelcome at a Michigan venue, marking a rather unfortunate turn of events for the Wes Scantlin-fronted band
Initially, PUDDLE OF MUDD had been set to grace the stage at The Machine Shop in Flint, Michigan, for a two-night performance on September 15th and 16th. However, an announcement from The Machine Shop this week took a different tone, as it declared the cancellation of these anticipated shows. In a candid statement, the venue squarely placed the blame on frontman Wes Scantlin and made it clear that they wouldn’t entertain the idea of rescheduling the gig, effectively delivering a ban on PUDDLE OF MUDD‘s future appearances at the venue.
Furthermore, The Machine Shop also stated that PUDDLE OF MUDD had called off all their upcoming concerts. It’s worth noting that this remains unconfirmed by the band themselves at this juncture.
“Puddle of Mudd has cancelled all their upcoming concerts including the shows September 15 and 16 at The Machine Shop,” the venue wrote in a Facebook post dated Sunday (Sept. 10).
“This is not a ‘due to circumstances beyond our control’ cancellation,” the venue added. “This is 100% Wes. The Machine Shop, his band and everyone involved are very disappointed. We will not be postponing the shows as we are not ever rescheduling Puddle of Mudd. All tickets purchased through Etix will be automatically refunded. All hard tickets can be refunded at point of purchase. Thank you and please know that all of us at The Machine Shop appreciate your support and understanding.”
As of the current moment, PUDDLE OF MUDD has not issued any updates through their social media channels or official website. However, the Etix page for the September 16th performance reflects the cancellation.
In addition to the Flint shows, StubHub lists two more upcoming Puddle of Mudd performances, one on October 28th in Ohio and another on November 17th in Illinois. Whether these shows are also canceled is unclear as of now. According to Setlist.fm, the band’s most recent performance was on September 2nd in Las Vegas.
Scantlin’s history of disruptive behavior during the group’s shows is no secret. In 2021, he abruptly left the stage in Wisconsin due to a disagreement about the lighting. A similar incident occurred in Dallas in 2017 when he exited a show in the middle of a song. The year before, he scolded a sound technician and left the stage during a performance in Pennsylvania. However, it’s worth noting that he later sought rehabilitation and claimed to have achieved a year of sobriety in 2018.
PUDDLE OF MUDD‘s latest offering, “Ubiquitous,” was released on September 8th, featuring the country-inflected single “Cash & Cobain.” Prior to this release, the group had not put out a studio album since 2019’s “Welcome to Galvania.“