PUDDLE OF MUDD Perform For Troops In Iraq: Photos, Video Available

PUDDLE OF MUDD performed in front of 1,500 U.S. troops at a soccer stadium in Tikrit, Iraq on September 12, according to MTV.com.

Months prior to PUDDLE OF MUDD's performance, the U.S. military polled its troops in Iraq to find out which band they most wanted to see perform there. They chose PUDDLE OF MUDD, and the band immediately accepted the offer.

"[Our managers] were like, 'Do you want to go to Iraq?' " bassist Douglas Ardito remembered. "And me and [singer] Wes [Scantlin] look at each other and were like, 'Yeah!' We didn't even think twice about it."

Though the soldiers were told about the show three weeks in advance, most were skeptical right up until showtime.

"They said half the soldiers on the bases didn't believe them when they said we were coming," Ardito said. "They were like, 'They're not going to come here,' because so many people have backed out after saying the right thing."

"I think a lot of it has to do with a lot of these artists and bands living pretty high on the hog," offered Scantlin. "It's not luxurious when you're over there. You're breathing sand through the air. It's like 130 degrees, and it's not for artists that chill in, you know, super-super-nice houses." Read more.

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