Good morning Radicals! Here’s what’s going on in Music News today!
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY has postponed two more concerts due to frontman Zakk Wylde suffering from “severe illness.” In addition to the previously scrapped Montreal (January and Toronto (January 9) shows, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY has now called off tonight’s gig in Grand Rapids and the January 12 concert in Oklahoma City. New dates will be announced soon.
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY is touring in support of its tenth full-length album, “Grimmest Hits”, which will be released January 19 via Entertainment One.
2018 also will see Wylde‘s return as Ozzy Osbourne‘s guitarist — a role he has served on and off for the past three decades — during the BLACK SABBATH singer’s farewell world tour, which is set to kick off this May.
Puddle Of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin appears to be trying to finally get his life together after years of legal troubles, canceled or disrupted shows and arrests for disorderly or drunken behavior. According to a recent post from the band on Twitter, Scantlin has been in rehab since before Christmas and is “doing very well.”
Scantlin was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on September 9th after he attempted to board a plane with a BB gun. He pleaded no contest and was banned from LAX unless it involved traveling for work.
Before that, there have been a few tumultuous years for the singer and guitarist. In January of 2016, he was arrested on suspicion of breaking into his former home and vandalizing some of the property. He skipped two court dates related to the charges later that spring, which led to another arrest. Prior to that, Scantlin was arrested in December 2015 for possession of a controlled substance and had several previous busts that same year for driving under the influence.
Additionally, he was arrested at a Denver airport in 2015 for taking a joyride on a baggage carousel and taken into custody as far back as 2012 for an altercation with a flight attendant. He also ended a number of Puddle Of Mudd shows in 2016 early with various meltdowns, including one in which he accused a fan of stealing his house.
Puddle Of Mudd will resume touring later this month after being forced to cancel some performances due to Scantlin’s troubles. The band will play at the Whisky-A-Go-Go in Los Angeles on January 26th.
Finally, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to SHINEDOWN’s Brent Smith, Brandon Hoover of CROWN THE EMPIRE and Curt Kirkwood of the MEAT PUPPETS!