Puddle of Mudd @ Slim’s

(Brandon Wu Photography)

The last few years have been tough on the ’90s post-grunge quartet Puddle of Mudd, especially on lead singer and founder Wesley Scantlin. Since at least 2012, fans have (rightfully) accused Scantlin of lip syncing, and that’s not even the worst part. It’s not uncommon for the singer to have full-on meltdowns onstage that have in the past included everything from throwing microphones and beers into the audience to threatening concertgoers to just standing there, staring up at the sky and doing nothing. In the last year, Scantlin has been arrested on DUI charges twice and charged with felony vandalism after getting caught in a home he had recently lost to foreclosure. Puddle of Mudd’s latest headline-warranting antics came in March after a sold out, 500-person show in Doncaster, England, left fans confused and more than a little pissed off. Scantlin, appearing inebriated, had trouble remembering the lyrics to the band’s hit “Blurry” and fell to the ground mid-performance. The show only got worse from there to the point where the other three members of Mudd left the stage altogether, leaving a shirtless Scantlin sitting in a chair, speaking to the crowd about how his band “quit on me” until his microphone was cut off. Amazingly, the band is still together and, according to their Facebook page, already has more than two dozen shows scheduled for the first seven months of 2017. Perhaps even more astounding is the fact that there are still fans out there willing to buy tickets to their concerts even though they’re almost guaranteed to be shit shows. For an especially memorable night, pay an extra $30 to meet the band and witness Scantlin’s mid life crisis up close and personal.

Puddle of Mudd with State Line Empire, Eight 80, Lord Rifa, and Ghoul Kids, at 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7, at Slim’s. $20-$60; slimspresents.com.

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