SEOUL, South Korea — Wes Scantlin, lead vocalist for the band Puddle of Mudd, spoke to Stars and Stripes before performing at U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan in South Korea on Friday night.

The band began its tour of U.S. military installations last week in South Korea, and will perform at bases in Japan, Iraq and Kuwait. He spoke about playing for military audiences, the band’s best-known song, "She Hates Me," and his 4½-month-old marriage.

Is playing for a military audience different than playing for a regular audience?

Oh yeah. Everybody’s way pumped up. It’s the best experience. Yesterday (at Camp Eagle) was one of the best shows we’ve ever done, and it was an acoustic show. Everybody was so happy, you know.

Why was that show so great?

Just the freedom of playing what we wanted to play. We played some cover songs. We played some Nirvana. We played some AC/DC. We played every Puddle of Mudd song that’s ever been on the radio.

What was it like playing in Iraq?

One of the coolest experiences ever. ... They treated us with so much respect. It wouldn’t have even mattered what we played, as long as we sat out and took pictures with them for 10 minutes. I didn’t want to leave.

Who is the song "She Hates Me" about?

I don’t ever tell who that song is about.

Why not?

Because I don’t need any more lawsuits.

Why did she hate you?

Because I just didn’t want to be with her anymore.

What relationship advice would you give to the soldiers here?

To always listen to your wife. Never disagree with her. Your wife is always right. Your girlfriend is always right.

What’s it like being a newlywed?

I love it. I’m so happy.

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