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.