The Story Behind Puddle of Mudd Singer Wes Scantlin's Ill-Fated Baggage Carousel Ride

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Screenshot of the Puddle of Mudd Facebook page.
Wes Scantlin issues an apology?
On Friday, January 16, Puddle of Mudd front man Wes Scantlin arrived at Denver International Airport before a show scheduled for that night at Casselman's, where he promptly hopped on a baggage carousel. That did not end well. "Evidently someone in their group was egging him on to do it," says Seth Daniels, who promoted the show. "They were videotaping it for, I don't know, trytostayrelevant.com. [TSA] told him to get off and he refused. They didn't arrest him immediately, they warned him. 'Hey, if you don't get off the luggage rack, we're going to arrest you.' He refused to get off, so they arrested him."

Daniels, of Rock Panther Presents, had to hear about the events second-hand, as he was in Albuquerque managing an MMA show. He received a call at about 3 p.m. from someone at the limousine company handling transportation for the band. Initially, Daniels thought it was a joke. "It is pretty funny but it would just be a lot funnier if it didn't happen to me," he says.

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Lakewood Rock Haven Eck's Saloon Has Closed

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Jon Solomon
Eck's Saloon, which had a long history of hosting hard rock acts, has closed.
Eck's Saloon, long a haven for both local and national hard rock acts like Warrant, Quiet Riot, and Skid Row, recently closed. The Lakewood-based music venue and bar, once owned by Mike Bruno (who also used to own Iliff Park Saloon and Bruno's Saloon) and which changed hands twice over the last two years, was home to fans of '80s hair metal and hard rock, hearty drinkers and bikers.

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Wet Pizza V (Wet It Be) Compilation is a Beautiful Cross Section of Denver's Fringe Artists

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Eamonn Wilcox is Running Niwot, one of 32 artists featured on the Wet Pizza V (Wet It Be) compilation.
Now in its fifth incarnation, the running Wet Pizza compilation series is a perfect representation of Denver's just-under-the-radar music scene. But Wet Pizza V (Wet It Be) -- a collection of of 32 tracks by 32 artists -- isn't merely a snapshot of this city's vibrant DIY-minded music community; it includes artists from across the country, all with a Denver connection.

"It's not necessarily about genre, but people I had been friends with in the scene," says Gabe Stoll, the musician behind the Wet Pizza series he began several years ago. Though it has been four years since the last compilation installment, Stoll says he had no trouble rounding up the songs that flow seamlessly through the almost two hour long album.

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Pueblo's All-Ages Punk Haven Phil's Radiator Closes After Twenty Years

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Phil's Radiator hosted shows by Jucifer, D.R.I. and plenty of locals in Pueblo.
Until recently, Sunday nights in Pueblo meant everything to kids who were into the city's music scene. Phil's Radiator was the only all-ages venue within a thirty-mile radius, and the old mechanic's shop would fill up with teenagers displaying Xs on their hands and band names on their Converse All Stars. But on January 12, after twenty years in business, Phil's quietly closed its doors, leaving everyone to wonder what's next for live music in southern Colorado.

"It was devastating," says D.J. Polivka, a 24-year-old Pueblo resident and former lead singer of the small town's screamo band Dorian Gray. "All of my close friends are into music, and that was the place that got them started. It was a starting point for a lot of people's lives here, including mine."

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Pretty Lights Creates CU-Themed Clothing Line

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Krystle Blackburn
Derek Vincent Smith AKA Pretty Lights sports one of the exclusive hats being sold today in his Pretty Lights x Colorado #AnalogAesthetic collection.
Today is the last day to purchase a line of clothing designed by the electronic music producer Derek Vincent Smith, a.k.a Pretty Lights. He is paying homage to his home state and to his alma mater, the University of Colorado in Boulder, with the Colorado-based merchandise. The collection is called "The Pretty Lights x Colorado #AnalogAesthetic," and it showcases Pretty Lights' "signature 'retro-future' mash-up flavor." The hats, shirts, jackets and sweatshirts feature his iconic "PL" logo in black and gold. \

Smith says he is "paying homage to his most loyal fans" with this unique Colorado themed clothing line. And his fans are returning the love on Twitter using the #AnalogAesthetic hashtag.

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Boulder-Based Z2 Entertainment Takes Over Booking at the Mishawaka

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The Mishawaka Amphitheatre, one of Colorado's oldest music venues, announced last week that Z2 Entertainment, which operates the Boulder and Fox theaters, will take over booking duties starting with the 2015 season."We're really excited, because Z2 can bring the shows the Mish is used to, like the jam bands and Americana, but they can also bring different genres, like country and indie, which we are trying to get more of this summer," says Mishawaka assistant general manager Alana Rolfe. "We are looking to diversify our show calendar."

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Denver Music Fixture Jason Hornyak Fights Cancer With Trolling

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"My doctor told me to drop everything I was doing and check myself into the ER immediately. They would be expecting me," Jason Hornyak writes in his equally hilarious and sincere blog CancerTrolling.

Hornyak went to the ER last week. He went from normal to making a new home in a cancer ward in under 24 hours, from having a sore throat to being diagnosed with leukemia, from being an active fan in Denver's music scene to newly elected mayor (and minimum five week resident) of the Colorado Blood Cancer Institute wing of a hospital.

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Coda Brewing's New Beer Was Inspired By Denver Band Dragondeer

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At some point last year a drummer with arm sleeve tattoos wandered into Coda Brewery in Aurora. He struck a conversation with the owner, Luke Smith, a pharmacologist turned brewer and lifelong musician, and the local band Dragondeer came up. Blank quickly went to the back of the brewery to give the swampy blues-inspired band a listen, and when he returned the mystery patron was gone. But Smith's impression of Dragondeer stuck.

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Will Someone Please Buy Out the Caribou Ranch Auction and Open Denver's Coolest Bar?

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All photos by Jon Solomon
A Fender Jazzmaster guitar, Hammond B3 organ and a Gibson Thunderbird bass are just a few items from Caribou Ranch that will be up for auction on Saturday, January 24.
Nearly 200 artists recorded recorded at Caribou Ranch, just outside of Nederland, throughout the '70s and early '80s. Starting with Joe Walsh's 1972 debut solo album, Barnstorm, the ranch's recording studio hosted some huge names in music, including Michael Jackson, the Beach Boys, Chicago, Frank Zappa, Billy Joel, Elton John and Johnny Cash. But when a fire destroyed the control destroyed the control room in 1985, owner James Guercio closed the studio. Three decades later, Guercio and his family are auctioning off 400 lots, including studio instruments, memorabilia and furnishings from Caribou Ranch. Between the furniture and memorabilia there's easily enough stuff here to outfit what could be a very cool bar concept or music venue.While the auction starts tomorrow, January 24 at 3 p.m., there's still time to preview what's included in the auction in the Denver Design Center East Building (595 South Broadway) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow. Here's a taste of what to expect.

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EDM Fan Petition to Remove Red Rocks Restrictions Has 14,500 Signatures

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Eric Gruneisen
Bassnectar fans enjoy an early summer concert at Red Rocks last season.
The City of Denver is imposingnew restrictions for concerts at Red Rocks this year, and some members of the the electronic music community argue that those limits (which include decibel ceilings throughout performances) unfairly affect EDM. A petition called Respect The Rocks has racked up almost 14,500 signatures in support of removing the restrictions since it was started on January 9.

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