The Phoenix talked to Puddle of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin about how close he was to giving up singing before a demo tape passed to a Limp Bizkit bodyguard landed him as Fred Durst’s first act signed on his label. Wes admits, “I have a little boy, I had to start thinking about making a good living at something else. My cousin was building this new bar in New Orleans, and I was going to bartend. I had been doing music since I was 12. I was like, ‘Man, this is probably not going to happen.’ I was proud of everything I had accomplished musically. All I really wanted to do was be able to pay child support and get my kid nice things.” The full story at BostonPhoenix.com has since been removed.