Story, Interview, and LIVE Video by Scotty J
Photos by Gretchen Johnson
Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll. That was once known as the “Rock Star” way. At times that is nothing but a recipe for disaster. There are always those musicians that seem immune to living fast and hard. Others simply collapse like an unfolded lawn chair. Puddle of Mudd frontman, Wes Scantlin, is no stranger to running into the kinds of troubles that can plague and ultimately dismantle a musicians career. Just go ahead and Google “Wes Scantlin Puddle of Mudd” and you’ll see all the tabloid fodder. But, I’m here to tell you I couldn’t be prouder of how Scantlin has addressed his past issues and embraced a more responsible lifestyle.
It was just 1 month ago that I had the chance to catch up with the voice of Puddle of Mudd. How was Wes going to look? How was he going to sound? All the news going back to 2017 wasn’t exactly flattering. What a relief to see that not only was Scantlin looking healthy, but his outlook on life was extremely positive (see interview below). It was abundantly clear that Wes knew he was getting too caught up in the cliche Rock Star lifestyle. He’d be the first to admit his mistakes. With all the musicians we’ve lost in recent years to addiction and other forms of abusive behavior, it was a relief to see that Wes Scantlin has a burning desire to stay clean and strive for continued success.
Interview with Wes Scantlin
If you didn’t watch the interview between myself, Scotty J, and Wes Scantlin above here are some excerpts:
Scotty J: “There’s been a lot of negativity. Especially in the press. But here you are. Still going strong. Still doing your thing, where a lot of people would fold up and collapse… ya know? Here you are! So talk to me. What has the last year been like for Wes Scantlin?”
Wes Scantlin: “The last year ya know has been getting out of incarceration, and then going to “CRI-Help” in Burbank, California. It was awesome. It was really great. I’m 11 months sober now almost to the day. We’re just playing shows. Rockin. New record is coming out. Just need to fine tune it.”
So with that being said, it would seem Mr. Scantlin is roughly 1 year sober and we should all congratulate him on that! I know that I’m personally hoping to hear new music from Puddle of Mudd for many years to come. If you’d like to catch up with Puddle of Mudd now, they just happen to be on tour with Saliva, Tantric, Soil, Shallow Side, and Veer Union.
Drift and Die
She Hates Me
Puddle of Mudd Gallery