Puddle of Mudd Abandons Lead Singer Onstage After 'Concerning' Performance: Watch
Puddle of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin was left onstage by his bandmates partway through a concert in Doncaster, England, last week as the singer stayed sitting shirtless in a chair with the audience berating him over the night's performance.
The sold out 500-person Diamond Live Lounge audience was clearly disappointed with the band's headlining set, with many alleging the Scantlin was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Scantlin has had recurring legal issues lately. Last year he was arrested twice on DUI charges. In January, he was charged with felony vandalism after he was arrestted at a home he recently lost in foreclosure.
An early fan-shot video from the concert shows the singer seemingly struggling with the band's hit "Blurry," falling to the ground mid-performance.
Another clip from the night shows Scantlin walking offstage to the crowd cheers and jeers.
But the worst of it is that Scantlin refused to leave the stage after his band left him up there later, cutting the band's show short. Instead, he sat shirtless on a chair, speaking to the crowd until his microphone was cut off. He told the audience then, "My band Puddle of Mudd who I thought was my band has quit on me. They have stopped playing with me -- not a surprise."
The venue released a statement on its website after the show saying, "It will be no secret that last nights Puddle of Mudd gig didn’t exactly go to plan as our 500 strong audience were certainly treated to a very ‘rock n roll’ evening, and in the end, quite concerning performance from lead signer, Wes Scatlin."
The venue claimed to be trying to negotiate the costs of the shows with the band's management and agents, possibly to pay part of the ticket price back to the concertgoers.
"Hopefully Wes gets the help that he requires for the sake of his own health and the career of an awesome band," the statement added.