There are so few famous rock bands to truly make it outside of KC…
You know, Brewer & Shipley, The Rainmakers and of course, Puddle of Mudd.
And no, I haven’t forgotten about David Cook, but at this point, Cook is little more than a reality star whose 15 minutes are about up. Depending of course on if he can claw his way back into the limelight, a dubious prospect at this point.
Back to Puddle of Mudd and more specifically frontman Wes Scantlin.
“Just wanted to let you guys know that there is a free show on Halloween night at the Edge of Hell with Puddle of Mudd,” says Slam Radio’s Frank Arena. “It’s a make-up show from what happened at Voodoo and Wes wanted it done to try and make it right with KC.”
Speaking of KC rock exports, Scantlin’s in a league of his own.
Early on his band got airplay on MTV in 2001 when – you know – MTV still played a few music videos.
“The other night on the MTV awards, Limp Bizkit won an award and Fred Durst, their lead singer, was wearing a Puddle of Mudd T-shirt,” metal miester Jim Kilroy noted at the time.
Scantlin also had the pleasure of bedding supermodel Rachel Hunter.
“What is it with Rachel Hunter and rockers?” US Magazine wrote in 2003. “Not only is the sexy mother of two – by her ex-Rod Stewart – starring in the Fountains of Wayne video ‘Stacy’s Mom,’ but she’s hot and heavy with (Scantlin). … They’ve recently been seen at Joseph’s Cafe and Bar and the Standard in L.A. Says (a) source: ‘They definitely dig each other.’ ”
Scantlin’s no lightweight either; he’s definitely from the hard knocks school of hard rock.
Check out this from his Wikipedia page:
“In 2002, he and his then fiance actress Michelle Rubin were both arrested for allegations of domestic violence after witnesses reported seeing the couple, on their way to a video shoot, fighting on the side of Highway 126 in Piru, California. Several witnesses reported seeing Scantlin forcing Rubin into a Jeep Cherokee driven by an unknown third person. Sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol officers stopped the Jeep shortly thereafter and arrested the couple. Scantlin and Rubin were both booked at the Ventura County jail and were released after posting $20,000 bail each. The reason for the argument remains unknown.”
“During a 2004 show at the Headliners night club in Toledo, Ohio, Scantlin took the stage with his band, but after only four songs admitted to the audience that he was too intoxicated to continue. Frustrated, his bandmates walked off the set, leaving Scantlin by himself on stage. He remained on stage for another 30 minutes, insulting the crowd and singing random songs that seemed to be made up as he went along. Objects were then thrown back and forth between Scantlin and the crowd before he walked off the stage, where he was subsequently arrested by the Toledo Police Department for disorderly conduct while intoxicated. On the way to his booking, additional charges were brought after he repeatedly spat on the windows in the back of the police cruiser he was being transported in. He was released on a $150 cash bond. He said he would never play in Toledo again because he was arrested for ‘nothing’ ”
In 2007 Scantlin was banned from Graceland in Memphis for swimming in an off limits pool while touring Elvis’s home in Memphis.
In September of 2012 Scantlin was arrested for public intoxication on a flight from Boston to LA that had to make a forced landing in Austin. And he was arrested on domestic violence charges this past May after he allegedly dragged his ex-wife and then pulled her by the arm or the shirt,” Billboard magazine reported. That following a guilty plea for possession of cocaine earlier that month.
In other words, Scantlin’s a tear-up-the-hotel room, old school rocker.
The perfect fit for the Edge of hell…tonight, free of charge!