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Puddle of Mudd live online, 3 Things to Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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It's been a long and often strange trip to "Galvania" for Wes Scanlin and Puddle of Mudd.

Scanlin, 47, led the band through four albums -- including the triple-platinum 2001 debut "Come Clean" and a series of No. 1 rock hits during the 00s, including "Blurry," "Psycho," "Drift and Die" and "She Hates Me." But Scanlin was plowed under by a number of legal issues and controversies, and Puddle of Mudd went 10 years before releasing its fifth album, "Welcome to Galvania" last September.

Things are better now, Scanlin says. He's clean and sober, loves his new band and the team around him, and he's ready for music to be the focus of his story again -- including an upcoming livestreamed concert on Saturday, June 6, from Los Angeles...

Scanlin says by phone that he did not intend to take a decade between albums. But a number of factors -- including, he says, stalkers, identity theft and issues with "a rotten business manager or two, a booking agent and a scumbag who I thought was my friend" diverted his attention and energies. "There's a lot of very evil, clever people in this world, man -- about as weird as I can make it sound, really. It was just freaky deaky, dude. That was all going on, a lot of stuff that I was having a really hard time trying to get myself out of and away from these certain people. Time kinda flies when that kind of stuff is going on."

Those circumstances led to other issues for Scanlin, including multiple arrests for cocaine possession, domestic violence, disorderly conduct, impaired driving, weapons possessions and taking a joyride on a baggage carousel at Denver International Airport, as well as problems with the IRS and American Express. Scanlin went to rehab treatment during early 2018, returning to the road again that summer. "I was really, seriously going crazy, man. On paper and in the media and stuff I looked like a poophead, but in reality I was fighting for my life. I was very scared for my life, but I guess growing up a redneck in the woods (in Missouri), you figure out how to claw your way out and get yourself out of a bad situation."

Throughout the turmoil, however, Scanlin says he continued to work on music, and is happy to finally have them out via "Welcome to Galvania." I'm back to being the good Wes that I am. I had to go through some trials and tribulations to get through all this crap, and fortunately I have. I was like No. 2 on the death pool for celebrities at one point, right? But I've been able to rebuild, and Im in a really good spot right now -- physically, financially, everything's going well right now. I think I'll stay on this little wave for awhile. This is a good one."

Puddle of Mudd plays live at 10 p.m. Saturday, June 6, with a livestreamed concert from the Whisky A Go-Go in West Hollywood. Tickets are $15, with a $50 bundle that includes a video meet and greet with the band. puddleofmudd.veeps.com.

Web Site: www.puddleofmudd.veeps.com

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