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We have all heard the numerous stories surrounding Puddle of Mudd’s front man Wes Scantlin. From drunken brawls, cancelled shows, or even being so drunk on stage that he embarrassed himself in front of his fans. I myself can say that I have experienced this myself, and even walked out on a show because I couldn’tIMG_4957 (2) take it anymore.

Scantlin is coming up on a year sober now and is most definitely on top of his game. February 1 2019 at Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas I witnessed a man that has returned to the stage with a new and improved zest for life.

Speaking of great frontmen, Chris Taylor Brown came on strong leading the charge with Trapt who opened the showIMG_4916 with Shallow Side and Tantric.

Tantric was also in top form that night. Hailing from Louisville Kentucky and they certainly prove themselve

Since their debut in 1990, Puddle of Mudd has put together quite an impressive collection of hits including song like “Away From Me”, “Drift and Die” & “Control” all of which were part of a powerful set list performed by Scantlin’s new line up. Joining Wes on stage were Dave Moreno-drums and backing vocals, Matt Fuller-lead guitar, and Michael Adams-bass and backing vocals. Wes Scantlin is the only original Puddle of Mudd member.s to be the ‘cream of the crop’ at every show!

As the guys powered through hit after hit, they paid homage to their predecessors by playing memorable songs such as AC/DC’s “TNT” also Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” and the crowd responded with roaring applaud

after every tune. Bring the night to an end with theiIMG_4935r most popular song “Blurry”, everyone in the concert hall was singing their lungs out as memories of loved ones past and present flurried through our minds.

I for one, would like to congratulate Wes on his sobriety, as I know first-hand the struggles of addictions and the toll it has on our lives. Puddle of Mudd will be releasing their latest album sometime in 2019 and after having witnessed a tremendous show, I’m fairly certain that the new material will be packed with fun and heartfelt songs true to Puddle of Mudd form. Make sure to catch these guys on tour. The energy and charisma of this band is something you don’t want to miss.  Catch ya at the next show!!!!

Chris “Rockin’ Red” Engel

Photos: Paul ROCK Santos