Wes Scantlin, the frontman of PUDDLE OF MUDD, has issued a response following a recent incident involving the cancellation of the band’s scheduled shows in Michigan
Originally set to perform at The Machine Shop in Flint on September 15 and September 16, the band abruptly canceled all their upcoming live performances, including these two dates, which led to a public statement from the venue on Facebook.
The Machine Shop’s post read: “PUDDLE OF MUDD has cancelled all their upcoming concerts including the shows September 15 and 16 at The Machine Shop. This is not a ‘due to circumstances beyond our control’ cancellation. 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.”
Late Monday night (September 11), Scantlin issued the following statement via social media: “I would like to take a moment to address recent developments regarding upcoming PUDDLE OF MUDD shows. I believe it’s important to provide my perspective on this matter.
“I would like to clarify that the shows in question were set up without my consent by my former management team. I told my team at the time more than once that no shows should be booked without my authorization. I never agreed to these shows.
“In light of these circumstances, I have made the decision to take this time to regroup and make necessary changes. It is essential to ensure that the future of my music career is built on a foundation of trust, transparency, and genuine collaboration.
“I am deeply grateful for your understanding, continued support, and patience during this transitional period. Thank you, Wes“.
Wes Scantlin has had a tumultuous history, grappling with legal troubles, alcohol-related issues, financial challenges, and various other personal problems. In 2017, he took significant steps towards recovery, including a stint in rehab, acknowledging that he felt he had no other recourse but to seek help. He expressed deep gratitude towards his family and fans for providing the support and motivation to embark on the journey to sobriety.
In February of a previous year, Scantlin faced legal troubles once again when he was arrested for trespassing at a property he had lost due to foreclosure.
This arrest followed an incident over a year earlier when Scantlin made headlines by abruptly leaving the stage during a concert at the EPIC Event Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin. His departure was attributed to his dissatisfaction with the venue’s lighting.
Before these incidents, Scantlin also encountered legal issues in September 2017 when he tried to board a plane at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) with a BB gun. He entered a no-contest plea and received a ban from LAX unless related to work-related travel.
PUDDLE OF MUDD, founded in 1991 in Kansas City with Scantlin as the sole remaining original member, achieved mainstream success in 2001 with their album “Come Clean,” which featured hit songs like “Control,” “Blurry,” and “She Hates Me.”
Their latest album, “Ubiquitous,” was released last week via Pavement Entertainment, marking their return to the music scene.