It was a crazy Sunday night as Don Jamieson of That Metal Show hosted The Masquerade Rock Fest featuring Puddle of Mudd, Fuel and Sponge with special guests The Raskins live at The Space in Wantagh, New York.  It was a night filled with nostalgia and feel-good rock with plenty of hits that took you back to the days of yesteryear, with Puddle of Mudd finding a new lease on life and making a massive comeback for the ages.


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After Don Jamieson kicked off the night, The Raskins took the stage.  I would describe The Raskins as stylistically unique.  They seem to have brought quite a mixed bag of influences to the Space stage in Wantagh.  They had the retro rock feels of groups like KISS and Thin Lizzy, while mixing the songwriting sensibilities of people like Jim Croce and Don MacLean.  The audience seemed to show their appreciation as they did a great job of warming up the crowd for Puddle of Mudd, Fuel and Sponge.

The Raskins have several gigs coming up.  Check out the gig dates below:

Fri. 12/13- Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles, California(w/Powerman 5000)

Sun. 12/15- El Corazon in Seattle, Washington

Sat. 12/21- Tiki Bar in Costa Mesa, California

Thu. 1/16- Dingbatz in Clifton, New Jersey

Fri. 1/17- Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall in Wantagh, New York(w/Everclear)


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You might have heard of Sponge’s music from hit movies such as “Chasing Amy”, “Mall Rats” and “Empire Records”.  Sponge is currently embarking their comeback based off of the 25th Anniversary of their album entitled “Rotting Pinata”.  They definitely engaged the crowd with hits such as “Plowed” and “Molly(16 Candles)”.  They were energetic and they definitely provided awesome musicianship that seems to fly under the radar.  Fuel was the next band to take the stage.

Check out Sponge on the following tour dates:

Wed. 12/4- Chameleon Club in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Thu. 12/5- Stanhope House in Stanhope, New Jersey

Fri. 12/6- The Chance Theater in Poughkeepsie, New York

Sat. 12/7- Anchor Rock Club in Atlantic City, New Jersey

Sun. 12/8- Alchemy in Providence, Rhode Island

Tue. 12/10- Mercury Ballroom in Louisville, Kentucky

Wed. 12/11- Delmar Music Hall in St. Louis, Missouri

Thu. 12/12- Growlers in Memphis, Tennessee

Fri. 12/13- The Masquerade in Atlanta, Georgia

Sat. 12/14- Thompson House in Newport, Kentucky

Fri. 12/20- The Empire Concert Club in Akron, Ohio

Sat. 12/21- The Gin Mill and Grille in Northampton, Pennsylvania

Tue. 12/31- Rockin’ NYE 2020 in Wyandotte, Michigan

Wed. 3/4- Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles, California

Thu. 3/5- Canyon in Montclair, California

Fri. 3/6- The Canyon in Santa Clarita, California

For tickets and further information on any Sponge gigs listed above, click here.

Fans can find Sponge at the following locations:


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It certainly wasn’t “Bittersweet” as Fuel took the stage.  Frontman Brett Scallions continues to show why he’s the charismatic frontman that he is.  While he showcases more maturity and a controlled voice in his performance, Brett and Fuel belted out the Fuel classics that we all know and love.  Songs like “Shimmer”, “Bad Day” and “Hemmorhage(In My Hands)” brought waves of nostalgia in our bones that only us 90’s kids can understand.  To this day, Fuel is still one of the more consistent live acts with their energy and musicianship.  They absolutely deliver each time they step on stage.  Puddle of Mudd closed out the night.

Fuel will be performing at the Central Florida Fair on Friday, September 18th, 2020.  For tickets and further information, click here.

Fans can find Fuel at the following locations:


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Lastly, Puddle of Mudd closed out the evening.  We at Madness To Creation like to leave the past in the past and focus on the here and now.  Yes, Wes Scantlin no-showed a concert several years ago at the legendary Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa.  Yes, it was so bad for Puddle of Mudd at one point that they deleted their official Facebook account.  But, that’s all in the past, and let’s talk about the present and the future.  Wes Scantlin looks better than ever, he looks happy.  We at Madness To Creation propose a toast of non-alcoholic sparkling apple cider to Wes Scantlin for his newfound sobriety.  Wes and the Puddle of Mudd camp seem rejuvenated and reenergized as they delivered a blistering set at The Space.  Fans sang loud for hits such as “Famous”, “She Hates Me”, “Drift and Die”, “Control” and their smash hit “Blurry”.  Fans really have caught on to their new single “Uh-Oh”.  You can tell that Wes and Puddle of Mudd had the most fun that they’ve had in years with this performance.  If you plan on getting a ticket to see Puddle of Mudd, I strongly encourage you to do so, their antics are gone, however what has remained is their passion and their kick-ass tendencies.

Puddle of Mudd have several gigs coming up.  Check out the gig dates below:

Fri. 12/6- Hard Rock Cafe in Sioux City, Iowa

Sat. 12/7- The Riff in Springfield, Missouri (Toys For Tickets Show)

Tue. 12/31- Grand Rapids Ball Drop in Grand Rapids, Michigan (w/Pop Evil)

Fri. 3/6- Hard Times Cafe- Four Mile Fork in Fredericksburg, Virginia

Sat. 3/7- The Underground in Charlotte, North Carolina

Sat. 3/14- MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa in Tahoe Village, Nevada

Sat. 3/21- Warehouse Live in Houston Texas (w/Trapt, Drowning Pool and Sick Puppies)

Sat. 5/2- The Village Door at Seascape in Miramar Beach, Florida

Sun. 5/17- Jergels in Warrendale, Pennsylvania

Thu. 8/6- Eisweise in Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber, Germany

Fri. 8/7- Sturgis Buffalo Chip in Sturgis, South Dakota

Sun. 8/9- Konzerthalle in Olsberg, Germany

For tickets and further information, click here.

Fans can find Puddle of Mudd at the following locations:

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