Puddle of Mudd at Ground Zero

by S.J. Beers on June 17, 2011

TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN — WestFall, Cavo, and Puddle of Mudd performing at Ground Zero — Friday, February 19, 2010 was probably the nicest day of the year here in Michigan. The sun was out shining and the temperature reached nearly 40 degrees. What a perfect day for a two hour road trip up north.

We arrived in Traverse City at Ground Zero around 3:45 p.m. to meet POM’s tour manager. We hung out with the band for a while and then watched them do their routine sound check. After sound check, around 6 p.m. or so, Cavo’s roadies set up their equipment. Wes Scantlin appeared out of nowhere. He sat at table and watched Cavo do their sound check and smoked a cig. He seemed laid back and checked out the surroundings.

Charlie - Cartman at Puddle of Mudd

Charlie and Cartman at Puddle of Mudd

We sat next to CARTMAN from RealRockRadio.fm, what a great guy. We did a short interview on Real Rock radio before the show kicked off. The doors opened at 7 p.m., and quickly the place was packed. The show completely sold out.

WestFall was the first opening act, they are a band from Flint Michigan. WestFall had to do an acoustic show because their limited space on stage for musical equipment. But they sounded great and really got the crowd rowdy when they sang, Tenacious D – Tribute, everyone sang along, and it ended being a taste of what was to come.

Cavo entered and put on an amazing show, these guys really know how to rock. They played several songs from their album and their last song of course was Champagne. The entire crowd went nuts while signing, “Coulda been the champagne, champagne, coulda been the cocaine, cocaine.”

What a crazy crowd we were that night. There was enough energy in that building to lift the freaking roof. While waiting for the infamous Puddle of Mudd to enter the stage the crowd continued to grow in excitement. When they did enter the building the crowd gave them a roaring welcome.

Puddle of Mudd’s first song was “Control” Everyone in the crowd was singing along at the top of their lungs. It was a great start from the boys of Puddle of Mudd. After a few songs like Famous and Spaceship the crowd was going freaking nuts. Towards the end of the show POM did AC/DC’s “T.N.T“. Wes had the entire crowd fist pumping and what energy, I haven’t been to a show in a long time with a crowd that was this intense.

The last song of the night was, “She Hates Me“, I looked around and there was not one person sitting. Everyone was on their feet and singing to every word. Then in the middle of the song Wes spoke with Paul, Doug, and Ryan, and then the band broke out to Steve Miller Band’s “The Joker.” The was a uttered roar of excitement when the crowd heard the beginning of the classic song. After singing the verses of “The Joker” the crowd gave the band the ultimate applause by going crazy. And just when everyone thought the band was done they started to play the rest of “She Hates Me“. Again an utter roar from the crowd as we finished the song singing every word with Puddle of Mudd. We showed our appreciation by giving them an insane cheer. What a day/night! What an experience! Puddle of Mudd truly know how to put on one hell of show!

Check out the images from the Puddle of Mudd show!

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