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Letting Puddle of Mudd perform at Rockin’ the Rivers is cause for concern

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The music festival Rockin’ the Rivers, held near Three Forks each year, gives Montana’s rock n’ roll fans a place to catch some of the most well-known rockers of yesteryear. Each year the’ve been known to feature such popular rock bands such as Poison, Dee Snyder, War and Quiet Riot.

This year’s festival, however, should cause some concern to Montanans as they’re welcoming the 90’s alternative rock band Puddle of Mudd.

Now, that might not seem like a problem, at first, unless you’ve been paying attention to the continued behavior of the band’s lead singer, Wes Scantlin.

Just a few weeks ago, Scantlin was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. He was found to have a blood alcohol limit of .310, or four times the legal limit.

As of today, it appears that Puddle of Mudd is still set to perform at Rockin’ the Rivers, after Scantlin posted bail from this latest arrest.

I shouldn’t have to explain why that’s a bad move, but I will anyhow.

Giving the stage to a man who has a history of putting himself in a position to hurt, or kill innocent people, sets a bad precedence.

Having a “bad boy” persona is one thing. Putting yourself in position to hurt innocent people time and again, is another.

Not only has Scantlin been hit with multiple DUI’s, he’s also faced domestic abuse charges in 2002.

I’m not saying you’re a bad person for liking Puddle of Mudd. They’re not the only band to feature a personality with a history of abusing alcohol. It’s one of those uncomfortable truths when it comes to rock and roll.

A lot of our rock heroes throughout history have been known to do things that might seem “wrong” to a regular person.

I’m also not one to judge someone for having a problem with alcohol or drugs. I happen to believe it’s a disease that needs to be treated, not a crime that a person should be persecuted for.

It’s just that I find it troublesome how this man could hurt someone due to his alcoholism, and yet there’s people on Facebook saying that they hope they get to see his band this weekend.

One fan even has said, “This is the norm for Wes, haha.”

Laughing at something that kills one person every 51 minutes in the US seems insane to me.

And listen, I’m a fan of rock music just as much as the next person. I probably even bought a Puddle of Mudd album back in the day.

But, that doesn’t mean that this should be seen as acceptable behavior.

Let’s get real for a moment, shall we?

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, more than 40 percent of all traffic deaths in Montana was caused by a drunk driver.

I for one think that’s not something we should be laughing at.

I’m not saying you should protest the festival this weekend because one of the band’s lead singers is a bit of a moron.

Rockin’ the Rivers will continue to exist after Puddle of Mudd plays there this weekend. It’s a fine festival, usually, and as a music fan, I’m glad that it exists.

But, maybe you might want to rethink your decision to endorse Scantlin’s reckless behavior by giving him your hard-earned money this weekend.

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