Doncaster venue apologises for 'distressing' concert by US rock band which ended in chaos
A Doncaster club which was the venue for a chaotic gig by a multi-million selling rock band has apologised for the fiasco.
Last night's sell-out show at the Diamond Live Lounge by American rockers Puddle Of Mudd descended into farce with angry fans jeering and abusing lead singer Wes Scantlin who stumbled through the set while allegedly high on drink and drugs.
The singer had been drinking in Cask Corner ahead of the gig and swigged whisky onstage as well as making references to taking crack cocaine. Video of the troubled star being booed and sworn at by angry fans later emerged and the group were blasted on social media by fuming music lovers.
Now the owner of the Diamond Live Lounge has issued a statement to apologise for the concert and the star's behaviour.
Dominic Gibbs said: “It will be no secret that last night's 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 Scantlin.
“When the band turned up, it was clear that Wes was a little worse for wear with drink and at this point we had to consult the band to make sure, collectively, we were happy to allow Puddle of Mudd to perform on stage. Members of the band, along with Wes were 100% confident that he could perform.
“Before Puddle of Mudd came on stage, the crowd were treated to two very good performances from (support bands) Fear the Fallen and Unzucht.
“Puddle of Mudd actually performed around 45-50 minutes and not the ‘short’ set reported, they completed most of their allocated set of one hour. Unfortunately at this point Wes was not in a good way and it was very distressing to see a person like this.
“The reaction of the crowd was very mixed, some people enjoyed what was seen as a very rock and roll moment, some with genuine concern for Wes and a very small section of the crowd were quite perturbed to say the least.
“We do understand that a small number of the 500 audience are angry with the performance of Puddle of Mudd as fans had travelled far and wide to see their rock heroes. All we can say at this stage is that as part of the agreement, Puddle of Mudd were paid to perform up front and we are currently trying to contact the agents and band management to negotiate the costs. If anything is recovered we will look at a way we can give any costs recovered back to the audience.
“I would like to thank the support acts who played a great show and we have already had an email from Unzucht, wanting to play at our venue again and we would welcome both support acts back to headline, they were superb.
“For most part of the night the crowd enjoyed the show but I would like to personally apologise for the performance of Puddle of Mudd at the end of the night. It wasn’t how we wanted a great show to end or what we wanted a very patient audience to witness. Hopefully Wes gets the help that he requires for the sake of his own health and the career of an awesome band."
The singer has been repeatedly been arrested and has endured numerous personal problems during his musical career whose high point came in 2001 when their single Blurry hit the UK top ten.