Puddle of Mudd made a tour stop in Las Vegas again at the Brooklyn Bowl LV, for one of the largest crowds I have seen at the bowl in a while. The show also featured Trapt and Tantric, who have also made Vegas a repeat stop on their touring schedules, building a big following for all three bands in the Vegas area.
Opening the show was the band TANTRIC, led by Hugo Ferreira (Vox/Acoustic Guitar). Tantric has been coming through Vegas on a regular basis, and from day one I fell in love with their sound. Tantric is best know for songs such as "Breakdown", "Live Your Life" and "Astounded".
Following Tantric was TRAPT, another band who plays Vegas at least once a year and a band I personally love. Trapt was formed way back in 1995 in California and are best known for their chart topping song "Headstrong". Lead vocalist Chris Taylor Brown is an intense singer onstage, who moves about non-stop while belting out all the Trapt hits in their catalogue. In addition to "Headstrong", Trapt also performed the favorites such as "Still Frame", "Who’s Going Home With You Tonight" and "Stand Up". Great songwriting and stage show - Trapt is and will always be a great band to see in concert.
We have seen Puddle of Mudd at their high point of their career and at their low point, but vocalist Wesley Scantlin was in great form, and made a triumphant return to Las Vegas to a packed Brooklyn Bowl, looking and sounding better than ever. It was a sight to see the the fans in the venue singing and screaming to each and every song - Puddle of Mudd is a band filled with some of the best sing-along tunes, with the song "Blurry" winning best rock song in 2002. Wes has one of the great voices of his era, and the band opened the show with the song "Away From Me", then launched into "Control" with a little surprise as the song merged into Black Sabbath’s "War Pigs". Puddle of Mudd played a couple more songs before launching into the haunting "Drift & Die", and another surprise near the end of their set was the band covering AC/DC’s "TNT", which had the crowd jumping up and down to the beat of the drums. As the band closed out their set, they finished up with the huge anthem "She Hates Me", and "Blurry". I love this band and all the great songs they have given us through their career, and a huge congrats to Wes for getting his life back on track and bringing the fans the shows they have come to expect from a band with such amazing talent.
Puddle of Mudd photos from Harold Mountain / JustAFan Photos
Trapt photos from Harold Mountain / JustAFan Photos
Tantric photos from Harold Mountain / JustAFan Photos