Puddle of Mudd Frontman Wes Scantlin Had An Epic Meltdown This Week At Trees.
What's with performers having crazy public meltdowns at Trees of late?
You may remember this video that circulated after Cat Power's December show at the venue, which shows the musician bitching out the venue's sound guy for an uncomfortable three-plus minutes. That bit of unprofessionalism was bad enough. But, hey, in Power's defense, it could at least be argued the impetus for the transgression was the fact that she was trying to put on the best possible show.
Puddle of Mudd's “performance” at the venue this past Wednesday night, on the other hand, was an entirely different beast.
After frontman Wes Scantlin showed up too inebriated to perform, the band opted to use backing tracks to bolster the singer's live vocals. Weird, right? What band tours with backing vocal tracks at the ready? Well, Puddle of Mudd, because perhaps they're just used to this sort of thing.
In any case, the crowd most definitely noticed the backing tracks. And they let Scantlin know, taunting the singer for allegedly lip-synching by calling him “Milli Vanilli,” among other things.
Unfortunately, as evidenced by the video below, when the band tried giving it a go sans backing tracks, the show went from bad to worse.
And here's the thing: Scantlin's shit show was far from over.
Later on in the performance and after appearing to have troubles with his mic, a Trees sound guy can be seen in the video below giving Scantlin a wireless mic to try out. When that mic also failed to work, Scantlin ended up hurling it violently into the crowd — and, yes, injuring a member of the audience in the process. That's why you may have seen an ambulance out front of Trees if you were in Deep Ellum on Wednesday night.
From there, just as he did at an infamous concert in Toledo back in 2004, Scantlin began yelling expletives at the crowd, calling them pieces of shit and telling them to “suck it.” After that show, Toledo police arrested Scantlin immediately thereafter for his drunken, disorderly conduct.
No such luck this time.
But the band's fans did leave a few choice insults on Puddle of Mudd's official Facebook page on Thursday morning. Here are but a few:
• “Not since G.G. Allin in the 1980s have I seen such a psychotic display on stage.”
• “Was a shit show and the singer threw a hissy fit like a 16 yr old girl on her period and stormed off after flipping off the whole crowd and throwing all his beer on them, I want my $21 back.”
• “Don't EVER come back to Dallas, you fake-ass poser douchebags. You are NOT welcome here. You are the suckiest bunch of sucks who ever sucked.”
I guess “she” isn't the only one that fucking hates you, Wes. Turns out Dallas ain't too fond of you, either.