Puddle of Mudd Puts On Stellar Show In Charlotte
Band Plays To Sold-Out Crowd At The Underground
In the early 2000s, you couldn’t put on a rock-oriented radio station without hearing songs from one of the hottest bands at that time, Puddle of Mudd. Despite mixed reviews from the media, their debut album Come Clean resonated with music fans around the world and reaching number nine on the US Billboard 200. The record has gone on to sell over five million copies and has spawned hit singles “Blurry,” “Drift & Die,” “Control,” and the ultimate anti-love song “She Hates Me.”
After many tours and three more successful albums, Puddle of Mudd would fall victim to a host of issues including lineup changes, a lip-syncing controversy, and other issues that proved to be detrimental to the success of the band. Finally, after a long ten-year wait, Puddle of Mudd released new music in the form of their fifth album Welcome To Galvania in 2019 and began to hit the road to promote the record.
Charlotte fans had been eager to see the band after their original December date had to be canceled and the show at the Underground Charlotte was sold out! It had been a long time coming and Puddle of Mudd was back in force with area bands Scars Remain and Something Clever kicking off the night.
First up was Scars Remain hailing from right here in Charlotte, NC. The band always put on a good show and has quite a following in the area already. The crowd was amped up and the band responded with a short but killer set with frontman Travis Keziah’s vocals sounding fantastic and guitarist Kyle Spidel providing all the sick leads one could handle. The band also has one of the tightest rhythm sections out there with Andy Allen on bass and Jason Evans, also known as Animal, behind the kit. The band is currently working on new music so look for lots more from them sometime in the not too distant future.
Something Clever, one of the area’s hottest bands, took the stage next and it was a rock party from the very start. They have an uncanny ability to not only perform beyond your expectations but also put on one hell of a show, raising the game every step of the way. Lead vocalist Adam Nelson is a consummate showman, working the crowd, clapping, and urging them on all throughout the set. Lead guitarist Kelly Flusk is not only a technical wizard but also one of the most fun and animated musicians you will encounter.
Put the two of them together on the same stage and it’s like watching magic happen. The band has a stage presence that can not be denied and I would put them on the bill with any major, nationally touring act and feel confident that they would be a great addition to the show. Certainly a crowd favorite, Something Clever rocked the house with songs like “The Hill” and “Fever Dream” proving once again they are indeed a serious force to be reckoned with on the music scene.
After the crowd was sufficiently warmed up, it was time for the main event and for Puddle of Mudd to hit the stage. The anticipation was heavy as many fans in the audience had been waiting for a long time to see their favorite band once again. Lead vocalist and guitarist Wes Scantlin was in fine form, really sounding the best he has in a very long time, and from the very first notes of “Out of My Head,” it was game on. The crowd absolutely erupted when they heard the band kick into “Control” which they performed as a medley with a cover of the Black Sabbath song “War Pigs” and it was amazingly, blissfully insane. The setlist covered not only all the Puddle of Mudd hits but also a few selections from their latest album Welcome To Galvania including “My Kind of Crazy” which was quick to become one of my new, favorite tunes. The new material fit seamlessly in with their older songs and it was awesome to see the band back in such top form. The band was casual and welcoming to the audience and the focus was totally on the music.
One of the best things about a show like this is you get the chance to revisit songs that you may not have listened to in a while and you can feel renewed and energized the same way that you did when you first heard them on the radio. Before the show, a lot of people were wondering what the band would be like and how the show would be. I can tell you first hand that it was fantastic! They put on an hour and a half long set including a two-song encore of “She Hates Me” and “Blurry” which had the fans in an absolute frenzy.
Wow! Make sure you don’t miss Puddle of Mudd when they make a stop in a city near you.