Rock star’s substance abuse issues cause bandmates to walk off during live show
Puddle of Mudd is probably going to be in the market for a new lead singer sooner rather than later.
Wes Scantlin, the frontman for the rock band behind hits like “She Hates Me,” went off on a rant during a show in Australia about someone stealing his home. Rather than sit back and listen, his bandmates walked offstage and the show was abruptly canceled.
In a video of the incident (below), Scantlin tries explaining himself to the crowd, only to have his mic shut off. Fans hurled insults and obscenities at the singer, calling him a “disgrace.”
The incident is the latest in a string of bizarre behavior from Scantlin, who has struggled with drug and alcohol addiction. He has been arrested several times for his intoxicated behavior, and several other Puddle of Mudd shows have been shut down as a result of him being too intoxicated.
In June 2015, the band deleted their official Facebook page after being booed offstage at a show in Ohio. Scantlin was too intoxicated to stand and was forced to sit in a chair during the performance, according to Metal Injection.
Scantlin is the last remaining founding member of the band, which originally formed in 1991. The band’s major label debut, “Come Clean,” was certified triple platinum in 2003 and has sold in excess of five million copies worldwide.