It is officially July 1st, 2017 and I received a few text messages in regards to the Puddle Of Mudd concert with special guests Saving Abel show that commenced at the Surf Ballroom. It was one of those things where I was just making conversation with friends and according to fans at the Surf Ballroom, frontman Wes Scantlin of Puddle Of Mudd no-showed the Clear Lake, Iowa event. However, that didn’t stop Saving Abel from delivering, they showed what the exact definition of the phrase “direct support act” means in the music industry.
Saving Abel did what a professional direct support act should do, and that is recognize the situation, and stepped it up even more. The crowd was extra appreciative of their efforts as they played a full set of their songs, including their smash hit “Addicted”, and they incorporated jam sessions and covers of “Highway To Hell” by AC/DC and “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd. The rest of Puddle Of Mudd was obviously put in an awkward spot as this band has seen several lineup changes, it’s difficult to continue on with the show when the frontman and the face of Puddle Of Mudd no-shows because he missed a flight.
In a digression here, I just hope that it was an accidental miss of the flight due to a lack of communication or a scheduling conflict. However, as someone who covers music, as someone, who is a fan of music first and foremost, I don’t want to speculate or think the worst, I’m just telling you that Wes Scantlin no-showed at the Surf Ballroom because he missed his flight. I’m not going to dive in any further on this matter because I don’t know what’s going on since I wasn’t there and I’m not in the Puddle Of Mudd camp. His songwriting and music, while it isn’t my personal cup of tea, has understandably reached a considerable amount of people. Heck, Puddle Of Mudd could literally tour and make a living off of their “Come Clean” album, which has the smash hits “Blurry”, “She Hates Me”, and “Control”. For the sake of the fans that bought tickets and took time off of work to come see a show, I hope Puddle Of Mudd does the right thing and makes it up to the fans that bought tickets for the show. That’s all I’m going to say and report on this matter.
On the other hand, Saving Abel did what a direct support act on a bill should do, and that is step up their game and try their best to deliver. From my friends that I’ve talked to, they gave the fans their money’s worth because they recognized the situation, pull the proverbial rabbit out of the hat, and kept the amplifiers turned up to 11 and made it to where the next time they come around, they will be headlining the Surf Ballroom instead of providing direct support for a band. Kudos to Scott Austin and the guys in Saving Abel for making sure that the audience had a show and to the other members of Puddle Of Mudd, who were left in a very awkward situation, for at least coming out with members of Saving Abel, and playing the hits. Next time, you come around Saving Abel, I will come support you for the class that you have shown towards people that I personally know and are friends with that attended your show. They knew that you all stepped it up even further. In conclusion, although I wasn’t at the show, you won me over as a fan for the respect and gratitude you showed to a venue that is near and dear to my heart, and to my friends and your fans that came out to have a good time, and you all made sure that the fans weren’t going to leave empty handed. I tip my cap to you Saving Abel for making it a worthwhile experience for your fans on June 30th!
Two thumbs up for Saving Abel.
Here are the rest of Saving Abel’s shows that they have scheduled.
Saturday, July 1st – The Boiler Room in Kewanee, Illinois
Friday, July 14th- Sturgis Kentucky Bike Rally in Sturgis, Kentucky
Saturday, July 15th- The Venue At The Dusty Trail in Kokomo, Indiana
Saturday, July 22nd- Bronson Rock Burgers and Beer in Keller, Texas
Saturday, July 29th – Orwin Gun Club in Tower City, Pennsylvania
Saturday, August 5th- JD Legend’s in Franklin, Ohio
Sunday, August 6th- The Cove in Geneva, Ohio
Thursday, August 10th- Rocking The Rivers Fest in Three Forks, Montana
Friday, August 11th- 360’s Main Event Center in Twin Falls, Idaho
Saturday, August 12th- Herman’s Hideaway in Denver, Colorado (w/Lost Point, Something For Tomorrow, and Lotus Gait)
Sunday, August 13th- Sunshine Studios Live! in Colorado Springs, Colorado(appearing w/Tantric)
Friday, August 25th- Genesse County Fair in Mount Morris, Michigan
Saturday, August 26th- Rocking For Heroes @ Our Place in West Bend, Wisconsin
Friday, September 1st- O’Connell’s Live in Martinsburg, West Virginia (w/Common Wealth, Cyrenic, Calisus, Ignite The Fire, and Apollo’s Prophecy)
Saturday, September 2nd- The Mad Frog in Cincinnati, Ohio
Sunday, September 3rd- Easyriders Motorcycle Rodeo in Piketon, Ohio
Friday, September 8th- The Stage On Bay in Savannah, Georgia
Saturday, September 9th- Phase 2 in Lynchburg, Virginia(appearing with Drowning Pool, Sick Puppies, Trapt, Hed P.E., Ill Nino, Crazy Town, Twiztid, Tantric, Texas Hippie Coalition, Adema, Flaw, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Whitney Peyton, Almost Kings, Hardrive, Something Clever, Razorz Edge, Hateful Bones, GypsyRoad, Reliance Code, Demyze, Media Downfall, LNV, Shun The Raven, and Majik Ninja Entertainment)
Thursday, September 14th- Proof Rooftop Lounge in Houston, Texas
Check out Saving Abel at the following locations: