Puddle of Mudd’s Doug Ardito acknowledges that there were moments he was concerned about the band’s future during the long gap between 2003’s “Life on Display” and “Famous,” which came out in October.
“We were just writing and writing and demoing ideas,” says Ardito, 36, who’s been with the hard rock band since 1998 — the second-longest tenure behind group founder Wes Scantlin. “Our drummer and guitar player quit the band, the months kept going by ...
“There were definitely moments where I was, like, ‘Are we ever gonna make a third record?’ Wes would look at me and say, ‘I’ll tell you one thing; Puddle of Mudd will never die.’ He said it so confidently that the moment came and went, and I never thought about it again.”
“Famous” debuted at No. 27 on the Billboard 200 chart and has kept Puddle of Mudd on the road — since even before its release, actually. Among those shows is a regular array of military bases, both in the United States and abroad, which Ardito says are always rewarding places to play.
“When you go there, you see 18-yearold girls and boys with an M16 in their hands,” he says, “and you think, ‘When I was 18, I didn’t have an M16 in my hands in a foreign country fighting people whose language I didn’t speak.’ So we’ve got to give it up to them for being so brave and so patriotic. It really is touching.
“And the way they react when you go ... You’ve never met so many people who want to shake your hand and thank you for coming. They don’t believe you’re actually gonna do it, so when you go, they’re so grateful. And when they tell you, ‘We play your CD when we’re in our Hummer on patrol,’ it’s pretty moving.”
Puddle of Mudd, Ashes of Soma, Tyler Read and Neuro Sonic perform Friday (Feb. 15) at the Emerald Theatre, 31 N. Walnut St., Mount Clemens. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. Call (586) 913-1920 or visit www.emeraldtheatre.com.
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