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XALTERBRIDGEX 11-25-2009 04:48 PM

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I don't know if this version of the interview has been posted (I apologize if it has) it's from CBS right after FC debuted #1 on iTunes...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoHfrguVUaQ



Mark chugging the starbucks the whole time lol....

nagpo 11-25-2009 08:10 PM

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It was a bit rude.

Dark_Knight 12-02-2009 11:12 PM

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From Yahoo...

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20091202/film_nm/us_creed

Creed concert heads to big screen

NEW YORK (Billboard) – Fans of Creed will be able to check out the rock band's show from the comfort of a theater seat Monday (December 7).

As part of the Sony Digital Cinema Music Series, a full-length Creed concert will be broadcast on 142 theater screens across the country.

"Creed Live" will be the third installment of the series, which is managed by Media Push Entertainment LLC, and will continue into 2010.

The event will broadcast the band's September 25 concert, performed in front of 17,000 fans in Houston. The show is notable for having entered the Guinness Book of World Records for its record use of 239 high-definition cameras for a live music event. The performance will be broadcast on HD and 5.1 surround-sound technology. Select theaters will use Sony's 4K digital cinema projectors.

Creed will be attending and signing autographs at the West Palm Beach screening in Florida.

According to Media Push Entertainment, the series targets those who live in areas that the tour did not visit, "tweenagers" who might not have had access because of age restrictions, and fans who may have attended the original concert and hope to experience it again.

"Creed Live" will expand to Germany and the U.K. in January, with a similar one-night event in conjunction with the international release of the concert DVD. In the U.S. the DVD will be available Tuesday (December 8).

Those with Sony's Bravia television will be able to watch "Creed Live" on-demand for 30 days. In January, the PlayStation Network will offer the performance through video-on-demand.

Dark_Knight 12-03-2009 05:39 AM

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Few new Stapp interviews... (from November)

http://scottstappofficial.com/users/...12#add-comment

Dark_Knight 12-08-2009 06:04 PM

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New Flip interview with Ultimate Guitar:

http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/inter...vier_side.html

Dark_Knight 12-14-2009 01:41 AM

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Thanks to PBF for finding this article.

http://www.torontosun.com/entertainm...43226-qmi.html

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Following New Creed

Scott Stapp got straight, got sober, and then got his band back together for new album
Scott Stapp says he's come Full Circle, which is also the name of Creed's first album in eight years.

The singer of one of the most critically reviled if commercially successful rock bands of the last decade acrimoniously split from Creed in 2004 after a drug-and-alcohol-fuelled downward spiral.

Stapp's lowest moments read like a National Enquirer cover: He contemplated suicide in 2003; was involved in a Baltimore hotel bar brawl in 2005; had a near-death experience after accidentally falling four stories from a Miami hotel balcony in 2006; and he was charged with domestic battery against his wife in 2007, although charges were later dropped.

But Stapp, a Christian who says reading the Bible every day ultimately saved him, claims he's now a changed man.

"I think having the reality check of immortality and then having a strong woman in your life draw the line, I think the combination of that was the main thing," said the Florida native, 36, in Toronto recently.

Stapp says his problems began in 2002 during the last four months of Creed's tour for their third studio album, 2001's Weathered, when he was taking an anti-inflammatory steroid to treat injuries resulting from a car accident and calluses on his vocal chords.

"That was kind of the start of all of it for me because I was introduced to things that I didn't ever know about and one just complicated the other, in terms of chemicals in my body," said Stapp. "I wouldn't say I lost my mind but I wasn't myself. (I was) very isolated, depressed, stayed on my bus, began drinking all the time, because I was waking up with this massive anxiety, heart racing and stuff like that. I thought I was going to have a heart attack. I didn't know what to do. One morning I was freaking out and sweating and there was a bottle of Jack (Daniels) on the bus counter, and I pounded it, and all of a sudden I calmed down."

Next thing Stapp knew he was drinking daily, putting booze in his coffee to counter the side effects of the drugs.

"It was mixing with the medication, and so after two or three drinks I would be just obliterated and making a fool out of myself and being mean. (The mixture) turned me into someone, that when I hear stories, I don't even know. To be honest with you, by the end, I was pretty much blacked out by noon really."

Stapp released a solo album in 2005, and then about a year and a half later he reached out to his Creed bandmates -- guitarist Mark Tremonti, drummer Scott Phillips and bassist Brian Marshall, who had formed Alter Bridge with singer-guitarist Myles Kennedy -- and apologized for his behaviour.

"Literally, within an hour and a half we're playing acoustic guitar, sharing ideas," said Stapp. "And I think that was kind of our way to handle probably any kind of fears or worries or nervousness. The way we've always communicated the best is through our music."

The group, who have sold 35 million albums worldwide and had such hits as With Arms Wide Open and My Sacrifice, played their only reunion show in Canada at a Toronto club back in late October.

That date followed a summer/fall reunion tour of amphitheatres and arenas in the U.S. which is documented in the group's first live DVD, out last week. Another spring tour is expected in 2010.

As for the critical reception to Full Circle, which debuted at No. 2 in the U.S. and No. 8 in Canada, Stapp said the group, often trashed as a poor man's Pearl Jam, felt it hadn't been so bad.

"It's really been a welcoming return," he said. "I think the whole band is a little surprised 'cause we kind of felt like we were sometimes jabbed at, back in the day. It just seemed a little too personal but I've learned to have thicker skin. But I've really felt like we're getting a second chance to make a first impression."

Scott Stapp makes a bald statement

What happened to Creed frontman Scott Stapp's trademark long locks?

Stapp said he impulsively shaved his head to prove to his wife that he was serious about staying clean and sober after a seriously rough five-year stretch of boozing and drugs.

"I said, 'What can I do to let her see what I'm becoming and not who I used to be,' " Stapp said.

"Every day, my hair, everything, the way I look, is a reminder to her of someone that was so great to her at one point in time but then hurt her because of abusing alcohol. And I was like, 'Baby, I'm shaving it off.'"

At first, Stapp's wife -- former beauty queen Jaclyn Nesheiwat -- was less than thrilled by the gesture.

"I go into the bathroom and 'I'm like, 'Where are my buzz clippers?' And she's like, 'Don't do that!' I think it kind of scared her. But I was just so adamant about it.

"And I remember just mowing it off and then taking like a deep breath and looking at myself and I'm thinking in my mind, 'Gosh, I feel lighter. I just feel like two thousand pounds came off my back.' And while I was shaving it, I almost felt like I was going to war or something. And then I got a little emotional."

Thankfully, Stapp's 11-year-old son Jagger provided some much-needed levity.

"My son comes in and goes, 'Dad, at least you don't have a mis-shaped head.'"

Dark_Knight 03-21-2010 10:05 PM

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New article from "Broken Records Magazine" (Thanks to PBF)

http://issuu.com/brokenrecordsmagazi...rrie_underwood

The interview starts on page 35 & ends on page 37... nothing really new but Stapp mentions the new Creed Quest again which should be starting soon.

TheGreatDivide 03-22-2010 01:46 PM

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Just throwing this out there, Scott changed his marital(sp?) status from married to its complicated... hope he isn't going down that path again.

Dark_Knight 03-22-2010 03:12 PM

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Just noticed that... but I'm still wondering if that page is "official" or not, it could just be a fan posing as Scott.

TheGreatDivide 03-23-2010 08:55 AM

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ya i know, but why would Brian and Mark have it, i would think if it was fake they would know.

Dark_Knight 03-23-2010 05:31 PM

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It was fake & taken down thanks to Eddie from GroundCtrl (Scott's Marketing Team) & also a special thanks to Frankie over at PBF for helping out :)

Dark_Knight 03-25-2010 02:54 PM

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A couple mentions of Scott & Jaclyn (Thanks to PBF)

http://miamisocialholic.com/2010/03/...ity-sightings/

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On Saturday, Creed front man singer/songwriter Scott Stapp and his wife Jaclyn Stapp, winner of Mrs. Florida America, dined at Casa Tua with Allison & Chip Brady of Florida Dental Benefits, Inc. celebrating Jaclyn’s recent modeling cover of the March issue of Palm Beach Young Society Magazine.



http://www.pbsociety.com/YS%20Issues...t%20Issue.html

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Dark_Knight 05-09-2010 12:28 PM

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New Billboard article...

http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/searc..._id=1004087865

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May 08, 2010

RAY WADDELL

Creed is back—again.

After reuniting last year for its first tour since 2002, this time Creed is coming out of the box for a 2010 tour with a "20-10" promotion that encourages fans to buy early.

The first 2,010 reserved seats for each show are $20 all-in, meaning fans pay a flat rate without any added service charges. The remaining seats will be priced at either $20 or $10, plus applicable ticketing fees. The tour will play mostly Live Nation sheds, beginning July 28 at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Va., and running through Sept. 4 at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in Houston.

The first group of shows went up last weekend and the rest were to go on sale throughout May. The concept was to come out of the gate with a pricing-oriented awareness driver and attach it to the entire tour, which now stands at 26 dates.

"We all felt that we needed a driver for this band, because the band is so good live, but we were having some issues connecting with the consumer from when the band was at its peak back in 2002 to last summer," Agency Group agent Ken Fermaglich says. "Live Nation, specifically [senior VP of tour marketing and promotion] Joey Scoleri, had the idea to create this 20-10 concept—a play on the year and the ticket price."

Fermaglich says Creed was built by a blue-collar audience, "so in light of the things going on in the economy right now, this just seems like a very logical concept to go to the consumer with, and it feels like we're going to see some very good results."

Creed's 2009 Full Circle tour generated plenty of buzz last summer, but not the kind that either the band or its handlers were looking for. Ticket sales for the band's tour fell short of expectations, with some industry observers throwing around words like "disaster" to describe the band's return to the road (Billboard, July 25, 2009).

In retrospect, such talk seems like an exaggeration, but the results were plainly disappointing. The 38 Creed shows reported to Billboard Boxscore took in $8,288,964, with attendance at 272,685, for a per-show average of $218,130 and 7,175 in attendance. Considering most of the venues on the route topped 15,000 in capacity, that means Creed played to less than 50% of the house on average.

Fermaglich admits that the Full Circle tour did have "some ticket sales issues" and concedes that the Boxscore average was "a fair assessment" of the tour's financial returns. "You had your shows that did 5,000 and you had your shows that did 10,000-12,000," he says. "We're going to do better [this summer]."

Logic dictates that if Full Circle had been a total disaster, all involved wouldn't be lining up to do it again. "That's exactly right," Fermaglich says, noting that the Full Circle trek picked up momentum when Live Nation implemented a promotion under which fans attending shows could buy discounted tickets to upcoming dates on the tour.

Fermaglich says the practice worked well for Creed in several markets. "Last summer we didn't really market that—it just happened spur of the moment at some venues on some shows," he says. "This summer we're actually marketing the fact that that's the price point."

Initial on-sales for this year's 20-10 promotion have been "very healthy," Fermaglich says, including for the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, N.J., and the Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, N.Y. "Those two shows were really good—2,500 each on the on-sale, which to me is a very healthy start with some discounted price points," he says.

The setup of last year's tour was hampered by the fact that Creed was in the studio finishing its 2009 album "Full Circle" and timing was a bit of a moving target.

"We're much better set up this time around, and we have a band very willing to do a whole lot of press and promotion to support the tour," Fermaglich says, noting that Creed performed April 23 on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno."

"The next part of this campaign is more shows going on sale locally, but also continuing to attack it from a national perspective [delivering] the message to the consumer of what we're doing and how we're doing it," he says.

Skillet will open for Creed on several shows, with other support acts to be announced.


TheGreatDivide 05-13-2010 01:46 PM

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From Brian on Facebook: Creed rehearsals begin....

Dark_Knight 05-16-2010 08:31 PM

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"Scott Stapp Rocks Creed with New Heart Attitude"

http://www.associatedcontent.com/art...rt.html?cat=33

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Ten years ago, you could not tune in a radio station anywhere in the country without hearing Creed. Their anthems were on playlists from their grunge metal heritage to AM pop stations, and despite critical lambasting,
their music and its message connected with fans, and gave them a diehard following with a loyalty factor that Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga would love to dream of. Like so many others in the annals of rock-and-roll, though, their great rise led to a bitter fall, and sadly, a very public one for Scott Stapp as his personal struggles became vicious fodder for haters and former bandmates alike. His demons were not unlike those that entice and trap so many others in the industry, but he was different, and that made his battle all the harder.

Back in the day, when Mick and Keith were trading bottles, joints, and syringes, the cops might have been at the door, but TMZ was not there to film every stumble from a car, and YouTube did not exist to ensure that every slurred word was recorded for all to hear. Scott Stapp was not allowed any quiet mistakes—from his honeymoon to Casino cinema, to onstage, his legal substance-fueled "poor choices" were most definitely cries for help, but also on full public view. Many people in the music and faith community lost all hope in him, and he almost lost himself and his family through the stumbles and falls to accountability and recovery. Almost is the operative word, though. The powerful lyricist and singer has come to learn some priceless lessons on how a person of faith can face and win over addiction, and he has reconnected with God, family, fans and his band on a deeper level than ever.

"God has done amazing things in my life, with my children and my family," Stapp declared to Scott Steele, DJ at 94.5 ROCK in Spokane, Washington, during a recent interview. Stapp was graciously facing the music again, as Steele took him to the mat over a smashed 2002 performance, that so offended fans that Creed music was banned from the station. Stapp related that he did not blame fans in their response, and that he would be forever sorry that "they had to be part of that nonsense". At moments, the interview almost became a badgering, but Stapp stood firm and kept owning up, saying he only wanted to stand "before the band I respect so much and the fans I respect to give the best show ever" in the future. "I know I've had 20 chances, and I just thank God that He is so full of grace, and sees our hearts". Healing was a process, but took hold in band relationships, too. Stapp displayed his newfound redemption for audiences throughout last year's tour, and on the album, Full Circle, laying vocals more infused with power and conviction than a decade ago. The band was still tweaking the album for release while on the road last year, so new songs will be more prominent in the 20-10 Tour. "It's nothing of my own power," Stapp reiterates, "It's only the grace of Jesus Christ, and him becoming involved in my life, and being my Savior, and my family," that has led to redemption. Stapp and his wife, Jaclyn, have two children, and another son due in early July, just before Creed's tour launches full force. "How wonderful it is to live a life of substance, one that puts success in perspective, having peace of mind and trying to make a difference in this world....I've got a story to tell, and I'd like to share that heart attitude through Creed's music," he elaborates.

Stapp put action behind his words in January, when he joined with family and church members to bring medical relief to Haiti as part of the www.planetohaiti.org initiative. He and others coordinated logistics and travel of needed supplies, while his sister-in-law, Arkansas physician Dr. Janette Newsheiwat, treated patients.

While Creed music is assuredly polarizing for some, and not embraced by everyone, it definitely fills a very real void. The dilemma of defined Christian music is that those who need its message most may never come near it, so that however it edifies the faithful, it is essentially, truly "preaching to the choir". Creed's music more than touches on the conflicts and tough stuff within the life of faith. Look over the lyrics to "What If" or "What's This Life For" or the newer "Time" as a refresher. There won't be Bibles distributed after shows, but packed between Mark Tremonti's shredding solos and the words, heaping doses of hope, truth, redemption, and purpose are offered for all, no questions asked.

The band wants to give fans a bang for their buck, too, with the first 2, 010 seats at venues seats selling for $ 20. Information is available at www.creedworld.com. Following two May event dates in St. Augustine, FL and Concord, NC at the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, the 20-10 Tour goes full force July 28- Sept 4 with 26 dates.

nagpo 05-16-2010 08:45 PM

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That was definitely a pro-creed article. I guess Creed is pretty much a christian band now.

Dark_Knight 05-16-2010 10:33 PM

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Scott is a Christian, deal with it dude.

nagpo 05-17-2010 12:27 AM

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Scott is a Christian, deal with it dude.

Deal with what? I have no problem with it.

Dark_Knight 05-17-2010 12:43 AM

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Then what's the point of saying that? lol Creed isn't a Christian band, that's been a fact for 14 years now.

nagpo 05-17-2010 02:54 AM

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Then what's the point of saying that? lol Creed isn't a Christian band, that's been a fact for 14 years now.

I know. But most people see creed as a christian band. And Stapp isint helping disperse that rumor when in interviews all he talks about is god. whatever, it doesn't matter.

Agent D 05-17-2010 06:06 PM

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I don't think it really matters anymore. They're probably not going to change anyone's minds about them at this point in time.

Dark_Knight 07-19-2010 05:34 PM

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Stapp interview with 102.5 WIOG:

http://www.wiog.com/sectional.asp?id=20740

nagpo 07-19-2010 06:03 PM

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Cool. thanks

Dark_Knight 07-20-2010 06:28 PM

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Another with 96 Rock (Cincy):
http://www.purerock96.com/gamblenfin...8/Default.aspx

Dark_Knight 07-22-2010 12:14 AM

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Thanks to PBF for the heads up.

http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/2008-12-...ing-myself?m=g

Hitfix Interview: Creed's Scott Stapp: 'I was killing myself'


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After a long hiatus, Creed reunited in 2009 for a world tour and a new album, the appropriately named “Full Circle.” Fans welcomed the return of the hit makers, who have sold 35 million albums, back with arms wide open (pun intended). The new album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and single, “Overcome,” was a hit at rock radio.

Now, Creed -- composed of vocalist Scott Stapp, guitarist Mark Tremonti, drummer Scott Phillips and bassist Brian Marshall -- is embarking on its “20-10 Tour.” Acknowledging the troubled touring season and in an effort to give fans a great deal, Creed is selling the first 2,010 reserved seats at each show for $20 with no additional service charges. The remaining seats on the amphitheater tour are either $20 or $10, plus ticketing fees.

Before the July 28 kick off in Washington, D.C., the band will play a Hard Rock Café in Nashville in a benefit for flood relief. Additionally, Creed is giving away a motorcycle and guitar, both of which will be on display at each tour site.

HitFix talked with Stapp, who called from his Florida home. The singer was very candid about his troubled past and gave us some exclusive details about his new solo album. He was also fairly glowing about the birth of his brand new baby boy, Daniel Issam (D.I.), who was born July 4.

Congratulations on your new son. Your three children range from two weeks old to 11 years old. How do you balance fatherhood with being away?

Well, I’ll tell you what, they’re going to have to understand if daddy doesn’t work, they’re going to eat me out of house and home. It may be harder for me, but knowing I’ve got a family to feed and put through school makes it real easy to go, “All right guys, Daddy’s going on tour,” because I know the goal: Just outside of loving music and being an artist and doing what I do, it is my job and I have to support my family. Although it’s tough, it’s what I gotta do.

The new tour starts July 28. What happens right before you go on tour? Are you up all night packing like most of us before we go out of town?

I have to check everything and make sure my daughter hasn’t crawled into my road case. My son Jagger is 11 now; he’s coming out with me. He’s going to be Daddy’s tech on this tour. It’s time for some father-son time as well, so I’m still going to be a daddy even on the road and it’s a good time we can spend together. As soon as D.I. gets the clearance that he can be exposed to the world, my family’s going to come out although that probably won’t be for a little while. I’m sure my wife will want to come out and leave the kids at home with her mom for a few days so we can have some quality time and enjoy each other. It’s good to have my family out and I love to have them all the time. It’s awesome. Thank god my son’s old enough now to help daddy remember everything to pack.

Does Jagger understand that “With Arms Wide Open” is about him and your joyous reaction to the news that you were becoming a father?

He does understand and I tell you we’ve had some really great moments watching “American Idol” or something like that and one of the contestants will sing something like “With Arms Wide Open” and you see him sitting there and his whole face turns red and he just smiles and I think he really does love and accept he’s “Arms Wide Open” boy. He has a lot of pride in that. It’s great for him. I hope my daughter will get the feeling when her song comes out, “Milan’s Song.” I have a song that I’ll be putting out when the time is right for my wife, called “Crazy in Love” and I just finished up with Desmond Child.

Is the song with Desmond Child for a new Creed album?

Right now, it’s going to be for a solo album, but we’ve got a lot of Creed stuff on the table. We’ll make another Creed album next year, an acoustic album. I’ll be doing some touring, kind of presenting the Creed songs in a different way after this Creed tour, and playing stuff from my first solo album, “The Great Divide.” The other guys will be doing some things with their band, Alter Bridge, and then we’ll get back together and do another Creed album and keep everything going.

How did the idea for the “20-10” tour come about with the discounted tickets?

[Co-manager] Paul Geary called with the concept and we were like, “Yeah, man!” [We got] Live Nation and Ticketmaster and all the people involved to cut their fees too to really make this affordable for the fans. It’s all about connecting and making where families and fans can come out and have a good time and not have to skip a month’s rent.

You’re clearly making less on the road as well at those prices. Are you scaling back production?

This is going to be a full-scale rock show…We make cuts like everybody else. It also has to do with a little self-belief in your band and in your art that you’re going to have staying power and be around and it’s not a money grab. And we care about the fans, man. We’re not on another planet because of the success we’ve had. We’ve got families, kids, and bills and live on budgets and have all the same issues and stresses and pressures that blue collar America has. It’s another way of us saying, “Hey, we’re in there with you.

You’re playing a benefit at Nashville’s Hard Rock Cafe on July 26 for Hands on Nashville, a non-profit spearheading flood relief efforts. What’s your connection to Nashville?

It’s where we wrote the “Full Circle” album. We spent a month there doing writing and we’ve all got friends there and other artists we know. Our record company has an office there. I’ve got a voice coach there,
Creed reunited in 2009. What do you value this time around that you didn’t see so clearly the first time?
I think I did see it clearly until I made some decisions and the stress started wearing on all of us and we all made some decisions that started rubbing ourselves the wrong way. And then I made some poor decisions and became someone that I wasn’t because of drugs and alcohol. I’ve always appreciated these guys as artists and musicians and human beings and you know, I think, being older and as time passes that that respect deepens and you don’t you know what you got ‘til it’s gone, but I never wanted it to be gone.

The one thing I can gain from that for me is during 2002, when I lost respect and just wasn’t myself and I don’t even know who I was, I obviously wasn’t respecting myself or appreciating the fans, my friends or anyone else. I was killing myself and hurting people around me. I didn’t want to do that, but it happened, and I made those decisions to do that. And now being able to just soak everything in and appreciate the guy to my left and my right and behind me and be in a place where I’m not such a rookie and naïve enough to put that stuff in my body that caused that again. I appreciate it all and respect it all and would never want to do anything to lose it.

What is your favorite moment of the night when you’re on stage?

I think it’s right at the end of the show when we all come together, arms around each other, and look at the fans and we’ve got smiles on our faces and we’re like, “Hey, guys. We’re Creed and Thank You.” We’re all there as a unit, as a band with our arms around each other and that’s a special moment for me.



Good interview... all except for that I guess he's saying he's going to be playing Creed stuff on his solo tour again. I'm cool with him playing WAWO or whatever but I say he should leave the Creed stuff alone... it comes off lame.
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TrulyAmazing 07-22-2010 12:42 AM

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PRAISE JESUS, that was a long interview love what they titled it , :laugh: just 4 or 5 more days to go, And Creed Will Be Hitting The Road, while scott is getting ready TO go on the road WITH Creed :crest: :rockon: :crest: PEACE BE WITH YOU DK, and thanks for posting, :rockon: He More In Likley Needs The Kid to help him get packed, and everything else,

Dark_Knight 07-22-2010 01:33 AM

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Another...

http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2...7222010/562966

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Where do you even begin with Creed?

Do you start with the nearly 35 million albums the band has sold worldwide? Or do you start with the dark tales of alcohol abuse and recovery, overexposure and hiatus that turned the band into a punch line for many fans?

For a current pulse, you have to turn to Scott Stapp, the man behind the deep and grungy voice that has won Grammys--and the man behind the reckless behavior that once put Creed in a murky light that no one enjoys.

After just a few minutes of chatting with Stapp, it's clear that Creed has entered a new chapter--a chapter beyond excess and alcohol and one that likely won't be the source of widespread mockery anytime soon.

And nothing symbolizes this latest chapter more than Stapp's new haircut.

"In the past, I put a lot of things in that hair where if a cop with a K-9 unit pulled me over then I would have been very afraid," said Stapp in a phone interview.

"I had to get rid of the whole mane. In late 2007, I felt that my wife wasn't talking to me and she wasn't looking at the person behind those eyes. I felt she was looking at, and still talking to, the person that was periodically under the influence. So, I went into the bathroom and shaved it all off.

"She said, 'What are you crazy?' We both looked at each other, and that moment really had an impact. It was a moment of passion between people that really loved each other."

In 2009, Creed reunited after a nearly five-year hiatus. The band released its aptly titled fourth studio album, "Full Circle," in late 2009.

In addition to welcoming a new album to Creed's discography, Stapp recently welcomed a new member to his very own family. On July 4, Stapp's wife, Jaclyn, gave birth to their third child, Daniel Issam Stapp.

"When I carry him around, he's just now getting to the point where he's putting it all together, like 'I guess this is Mommy and Daddy and they feed and change me,'" said Stapp.

"I whistle [musical] scales to him, and he loves that. When he cries, I whistle some scales to him and he stops crying. So, the vocal lessons have begun."

Creed will kick off its "20-10" tour in Nashville on Monday and will play Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow on Wednesday. The "20-10" tour means more to Creed than simply throwing a hyphen in the current year.

"Since 1997, it's always been important for us as a band to try and keep ticket prices down and merchandise prices down," said Stapp. " So for this tour we were able to get Live Nation and Ticketmaster on board so we could offer the first 2,010 fans at each show $20 tickets and $10 lawn seats. We hope other artists will look at this as a model and consider doing it, too."

In addition to a good bargain, fans can expect to see Stapp roll out on a custom Orphan chopper while guitarist Mark Tremonti rocks out on a custom FRET12 guitar during the band's "Moment of Thunder Tribute." The moment will honor America's fallen troops, and the motorcycle and guitar will both be given away to fans at the end of the year.

It seems these are just a few more ways Creed is showing the public that it truly has come "Full Circle."

"The biggest lesson I've learned over the years is a life lesson as well," said Stapp.

"And that is to appreciate every second, every minute, every hour, every moment, every experience, everything positive. In an instant it can all be gone."


BSC 07-22-2010 05:48 AM

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Two pretty good interviews, I agree about the Creed songs on his solo tour, I could sort of understand when Creed weren't around, but now they're back, and there's no need.

It's good to see that the acoustic album is actually happening, and not just some idea the guys had.

Dark_Knight 07-23-2010 08:41 PM

Re: The Official Creed Press/TV Thread
 
Found this on Google...Tremonti interview with AntiMusic.com

http://www.antimusic.com/reviews/10/...nterview.shtml

nagpo 07-24-2010 01:53 AM

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That was a really nice interview. I agree with what he said about Good Fight.

Dark_Knight 07-25-2010 12:28 AM

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Short mention of Flip on Drummer Connection (back on the 7th of June) Hopefully they'll give him some love on the roster page soon, he's only listed for hardware/pedals right now.

http://www.drummerconnection.com/new...d-max-weinberg

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Drum Workshop recently announced
the official signing of several high-profile drummers. DW’s artist
roster is regarded as one of the most celebrated and highly visible in the drum industry today. In addition to such names as Tommy Lee (Motley Crue), Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac), Max Weinberg (Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band), Aaron Spears (Usher), Alex Gonzalez (Mana) and Neil Peart (Rush), DW’s family of artists now includes Austrian drumming virtuoso Thomas Lang, Extreme Metal master Derek Roddy, Creed stickman Scott Phillips, studio legend John J.R. Robinson, heavy hitter Dave Grohl and Muse drummer Dominick Howard.

Dark_Knight 07-28-2010 03:40 AM

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Behind the scenes pics from the Q&A:
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?id...dc0cac9a6c0ef2

Dark_Knight 07-30-2010 12:03 AM

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Thanks to PBF.

http://www.siouxcityjournal.com/ente...895b93e19.html

Creed returns a stronger band


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The six years between "old" Creed and "new" Creed were good ones, says guitarist Mark Tremonti.

"We didn't just sit around, idle. We were hustling...and becoming better musicians."

Now, as the re-formed band, he, Scott Stapp, Scott Phillips and Brian Marshall are even more united.

"When we're out touring, we realize it would have been a big shame to throw it all away over past differences," Tremonti says.

Those glory days brought Creed a string of hits, sold-out arenas and a Grammy Award. They also prompted more than a little inner tension. When it got to be unbearable, Stapp went his way, Tremonti, Marshall and Phillips went theirs. Stapp released a solo CD. The others formed Alter Bridge, a band with a "more layered, more melancholy" sound.

Time, Tremonti says, healed old wounds. "Enough time went by and Scott and his managers reached out to ours. We had a discussion about the possibilities of touring and testing the waters. We all came to the same place."

Because the label wanted new music for the reunion tour, the band holed up in Nashville and quickly wrote "Full Circle." Tremonti had a bunch of ideas the others embraced. "We worked around the clock on it," he says. "It was exciting."

And it revealed a different shade in Stapp's voice. "It sounds even wider," Tremonti explains. "He's got a big boomy voice but this opens it up even more. Sometimes when he's pushing for a note he sounds like a big bear."

New music also gives Creed new perspective.

New perspective gives the band new purpose.

"We can push forward," Tremonti says. "We want to see where the day takes us."

Alter Bridge, meanwhile, continues to exist.

"Creed shows are more fun. We get to let loose and hear the crowds sing back our songs. Alter Bridge has a more condensed crowd filled with die-hards who know every note we play."

Creed crowds are easier on the musicians. Alter Bridge ones "know when we hit a wrong note."

"With Arms Wide Open," Creed's Grammy winner, always elicits a big response. "Even if we're butchering it, the audience has a good time."

A mega-hit like that isn't easy to come by, Tremonti says. Today, "you can pretty much write off record sales. To us, now, they're just a marketing device. There's definitely a correlation between piracy and sales going down. The economy has taken its toll on bands, too. Record labels are throwing bands out there just to see if they stick."

Because technology has changed so rapidly, "you can make any kid sound like a pro. I surf the Internet a lot and some of them just blow me away. There are very talented folks out there. But it's tough for a band, particularly if they want to hit on the radio."

To do so, songs need to be simple and "digestible."

For Creed's next CD, Tremonti and company are already combing through ideas. "We'd like one that we can use on this tour and, in the last few days, we've found one we agree on. I wrote the lyrics in about 10 minutes. But I know Scott likes to write lyrics, so the lyrics will change."

Keeping things fresh, Tremonti adds, will ensure longevity.

"We plan on keeping everything nice and healthy. We want to move forward."

The big difference this time out? "We're all dads now except for Brian. We have other priorities. When we're not on the road, we have other things that keep us busy."


Dark_Knight 07-30-2010 03:37 AM

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Not much new in this article but I thought I'd post it anyway.

http://www.wmmr.com/music/news/Story.aspx?id=1257378

CREED TENTATIVELY PLANNING ACOUSTIC ALBUM
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Creed has tentative plans to release an acoustic album in 2011, a project that singer Scott Stapp says fans have requested for years. Stapp also gave us some hints about what the record might contain: "It's something we always wanted to do, you know. It would be our favorites, you know, the ones that the fans love, and then songs that we've learned over the years that might shock some people because they're so maybe heavy or fast or intense. But when we strip 'em down and play it acoustic it's a whole 'nother vibe, it's a whole 'nother thing. And we really think it's cool and we want to share it with our fans and see what they think."

Creed also has loose plans to record a new studio album next year, which would follow up 2009's Full Circle.

Stapp sings on a new version of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate Son" for the new Santana album, Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics Of All Time, due out Sept. 21st.

The other members of Creed -- guitarist Mark Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall and drummer Scott Phillips -- have completed the third album from their other band, Alter Bridge, and plan to issue it in September.


Dark_Knight 07-30-2010 08:33 PM

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Creed is just the ticket for strapped music fans

http://www.wayneindependent.com/ente...ped-music-fans

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This summer’s concert season has seen a bevy of attractive deals, as more and more acts and venues react to the struggling economy with lower ticket prices and reduced service charges. But the best deal of all is the Creed tour.

In honor of it being 2010, the band is offering a 20-10 deal, in which the highest-priced seats are $20, and the first 2,010 buyers of those tickets will enjoy the added bonus of not paying any service charges. The rest of the venue’s seats are all priced at $20 and $10, with applicable service fees.

To add even more incentive, there will be “The Chopper & Axe Giveaway,” in which a lucky fan will win one of Mark Tremonti’s custom-built guitars at the end of the tour. Also being raffled is the custom-designed Orphan motorcycle singer Scott Stapp will be revving on stage during Tremonti’s instrumental salute to American servicemen and women. (Anyone can enter the contest, with the prizes valued at more than $80,000, by logging on to www.creed2010.com.)

It almost sounds too good to be true, and raises the question of how the band could offer so much and still make a profit.

“This tour is not about making the money, and we’re definitely cutting our profit margin down, but there’s still plenty there for us,” said Tremonti from his home near Orlando, Fla. “We know this economy is killing everybody, and these prices give the people what they want – a chance to come out and hear a good show for reasonable money.”

If Creed hasn’t always been critical darlings, to say the least, no one can argue with their sincerity. They kicked off the 36-city tour with a date in Nashville, Tenn., where the proceeds went to the Hands On Nashville organization, dedicated to flood relief.

The Tremonti model guitar came about almost by accident. The guitarist could never find exactly what he wanted for a live performance. So the people at Fret12 decided to let him design it.

“They had a design guy come and work with me, and we made one right to my specifications – and it came out great,” said Tremonti. “The motorcycle thing came about easily, since my brother, Dan, has been working at marketing Orphan bikes. It’s a good way to remember our fallen soldiers. ... I saw it five days ago, and, believe me, it’s a nasty bike.”

Creed formed in the mid-1990s when Tremonti and Stapp were students at Florida State University. It wasn’t long before their hard-rocking, but melodic, sound found an audience, and hits like “Higher,” “My Sacrifice,” “Torn,” “One,” and 2001 Grammy winner, “With Arms Wide Open,” were topping the charts.
But Stapp was always a controversial figure, his passionate Eddie Vedder-influenced vocals accompanied by an onstage persona many deemed phony. Because some of his songs dealt with self-examination, spirituality and existentialism, he was accused of being a bit too self-righteous and even preachy.

There also was a rift inside the band that led to a breakup in 2004. Stapp went on to release a solo album, while Tremonti formed Alter Bridge, which also included three other Creed veterans. But by last year, amends were made and Creed re-formed behind the very solid “Full Circle” album.

The CD contains potential hits in “Rain,” “A Thousand Faces” and “Overcome.” But thus far, sales have been slow – a far cry from the band’s second album, “Human Clay,” which sold more than 11 million units.

Nonetheless, the songwriting is strong, and Tremonti is hoping the tour will help boost sales of “Full Circle.”

When he’s not performing with Creed, Tremonti can be found guesting on other artists’ recordings, a side gig he finds invigorating.

“I am completely driven by music,” Tremonti said. “I love what I do. Whenever Creed has a layoff, I totally jump at any chance I get to sit in with other people. Of course I want to make sure I have some quality family time, too (Tremonti and his wife, Victoria, have two sons). But overall I feel very blessed to be able to do all the various musical things I’m asked to do.”



Dark_Knight 08-01-2010 04:35 PM

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Creed scorches Darien, leaves crowd satisfied

http://www.buffalonews.com/entertain...ticle87570.ece

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DARIEN — For a group that reunited in 2009 to release a new album and launch a nationwide tour, Creed is sounding better than ever.

Their performance Saturday night at Darien Lake was a smash hit with the crowd, which went wild over the band’s electrifying and scorching sound — a surprise for listeners who might have only been familiar with Creed’s public persona on the radio.

Concert Review

Creed

Saturday night at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center.

Although Creed is typically considered a post-grunge band, the band’s style in a live setting leans more toward hard, head-banging rock. But one thing is sure: the audience got what it wanted.

Creed delivered a blazing performance, and the guitar runs had the alacrity and facility of an organist playing a Bach fugue — except with much more volume.

The warm-up band, Theft, started out the night with somewhat muddy vocals but a steady beat and energetic pulse.

Creed’s performance, overall, drew a packed crowd that reveled in songs like “Higher,” “One” and “My Sacrifice.”

The lyrics hold solid messages and, therefore, encouraged listeners to sing along.

Creed, with a live sound that proved to be sufficiently full and round, welcomed a passionate audience with arms wide open.



Dark_Knight 08-02-2010 03:03 PM

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http://lacrossetribune.com/entertain...cc4c002e0.html

Creed singer talks about the band’s breakup and makeup — and his personal spirituality

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Scott Stapp has stood on the mountain, looking down from the top of the charts with songs like "With Arms Wide Open."

He's also been at the bottom, looking at the disarray of his life after an acrimonious split with his band, Creed, five years ago, which was fueled by personality conflicts, drug and alcohol abuse and the rock ‘n' roll lifestyle.
This time, things will be different, he says, because he knows who he is and knows what he wants.

"Most people are a lot different at 35 than they are at 21. We're different men. We're married, we have families, we have different priorities. We have different reasons behind why we live and why we do what we do."

The first time around, he said, "I wasn't ready at all. I wasn't ready to be out of my house, to be honest with you. To be blessed with all that popularity along with the financial rewards that came with it, at the maturity level of a 15-year-old, no, I wasn't ready. My heart wanted to be," he said, but he couldn't have imagined what was to come.

"I made some bad decisions, all a reflection of not having made a firm commitment to who I was as a person. I was still trying to figure that out."
Because of the spiritual overtones of much of their music, many of the fans wanted them to be a Christian band.

"I was trying to understand that and believe that and wrestle with that. We got into this band for all the classic reasons - it was sex, drugs, rock ‘n' roll. We were a rock band, a bunch of young, immature kids."

It was a confusing period, he said, and when they got slapped with the Christian band label, it was even more confusing.

"We did our best to educate our fans, not because we wanted to deny that but because we didn't want to be hypocrites. We knew we weren't living that."
When the band got back together last year, it was like coming full circle, which is the name of their new album. They were starting fresh as more focused people, Stapp said. They knew what went wrong the first time and were determined to set a steadier course this time around.

"I always believed in my heart that we would (get back together). I believed even though a lot of things were said. I didn't take it all to heart after I thought about it. Yeah, things stung initially," he said, but he understands now that they had to step away from each other to come back together.

"Now I feel like we can honestly do that, use the gift we've been given of music. Just the skill level of the band, the growth and maturity as artists" is so much better, he said.

Stapp said he now has a deeper understanding of love and life and he brings that with him to the music.

"I was in a spiritual journey and will be for the rest of my life. I did believe in God, and I did have a knowledge of Christ and faith and Christianity because my parents raised me that way. At that time in my life, I was running from that," he said, because he was taken in by the glamour.

"I learned real quick what the world had to offer. It offered death, and I came close to that."

Stapp said Creed is still not billing itself as a Christian band. "I can do that (proclaim Christianity) on a personal level, but collectively I have to speak for the four of us. But I'm a Christian, and I've made that commitment."
Stapp said coming back together as a band has been wonderful and difficult and worthwhile.

"The best way and only way to communicate how we felt was to be vulnerable and honest when we were creating music. Everything was coming out in the songs."

And that's how they healed and came back together, Stapp said. "Just as our bodies heal slower as we get older and recover slower," he said, forgiving and getting back to a good place took longer.

"I could go outside and play on the monkey bars all day long and not have a sore muscle when I was kid. But if I tried to keep up with my 11-year-old all day, I'd be stiff all over. So I've been able to forgive and forget, but it's not the same with everybody. We do tend to hold onto things - it's a natural defense. But things from the past are not going to happen again."

At every show they play, including at Fort McCoy on Aug. 7, the band will be honoring the military and asking audience members to contribute care packages for the troops.

If you don't know where to send one, he said, contact Fort McCoy and they'll tell you what to do.

"You can make a difference. We have that belief that we can start the fire. Behind the big rock show, we're there to remind you who the true heroes are. We want to keep that memory going."



Dark_Knight 08-13-2010 03:34 AM

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A Conversation With Creed's Mark Tremonti

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mike-r..._b_680948.html

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Mike Ragogna: What's up with Creed's latest tour?

Mark Tremonti: It runs through September. We're trying to get a single out at the same time that we're recording right now, and hopefully, we'll finish it up in the next few weeks. That's about it going on in Creed world.

MR: You have a new single?

MT: I spent about a month before the tour putting ideas together to try to get a single on the radio, just to get some attention on the tour. But with Scott (Stapp) having a new baby, and us all being apart, it was hard to really get it recorded. So, we had to wait until we were doing rehearsals for the tour to get it started, and all we have to do now is finish up the vocals and get it out there, hopefully this month.

MR: I guess it's like herding cats when everyone has families and private lives.

MT: Yeah, absolutely, it's tough. We all have kids now and live in different cities. So, when we get together, it's all about work.

MR: Even though it was released last year, your album Full Circle is still going strong, and this tour is, more or less, a continuation of the reunion. What was it like getting back together with the other guys?

MT: First, we got together just to put a tour together and see if we could all get along out there. Things went well, nobody brought up the past, and after a few meetings, we decided that it would be best to put out a record to accompany the tour. The only problem was we only had three months to write and record an album, so it was quite a fire drill. But it got done in time, and I think the record came out during that tour, and came out the way we wanted it.

MR: Mark, over the years, beyond Creed, you also fit in some side projects. There's Alter Bridge, and you worked with Larry the Cable Guy.

MT: Yeah, years ago. We had become friends a long time ago, before his career really started to take off. We joked about getting together and doing a song, and he called me up one day to say he actually wanted to do it. So, he sang me his idea, and I went to record my guitar lines that day, and the record went gold. It might be platinum by now.

MR: Were you a fan of his humor?

MT: You know, I was a fan of his before anything really happened. He was just doing radio commercials for a truck shop in Orlando, and they were the funniest things on the air.

MR: Creed has had quite a few monster singles such as "Higher," "With Arms Wide Open," "My Sacrifice," "One Last Breath," and then you had two number one albums in Human Clay and Weathered. How does any band stay humble after that?

MT: I always kind of keep my head down, and stay focused on writing. I just try to keep to myself and not really keep track of the business side of things too much because it can distract you a little bit, you know? So, I always just kind of kept my head down and kept on going.

MR: In addition to Creed's hits, you've had many songs in movies and various stray projects. One of my favorites is "I'm Eighteen" from The Faculty that features a pre-Frodo Elijah Wood.

MT: Yeah, that was fun. It's always a good challenge to get in there. Usually, we don't have these songs practiced, we just have a choice of songs that we can cover, and we try to learn it that day. It's always a fun process. We did the same thing with "Riders In The Storm" for The Doors. So, it's a challenge, but it's a good time.

MR: Let's talk some more about the side projects. Can you catch us up on Alter Bridge?

MT: Yeah, we just mastered our third record about two or three weeks ago, and we plan on releasing it before we go on tour in Europe starting October 16th. We'll be touring through September, and then Myles (Kennedy) is out with Slash in January and February. So, we won't hit the States until next March with Alter Bridge. But like I said, we'll be in Europe from October through December.

MR: Are there any acts that you're taking on the road on this new tour, that you're sort of sponsoring or mentoring on the road?

MT: No. You know, all the bands that are out with us are pretty well developed bands. I think Theft, the first band, is being helped by MTV. I don't know if they're managed or sponsored by them, but MTV has really taken them under their wing, and they're a great band. Red and Skillet are also out with us, and they're two really developed acts. When you see what their show looks like, it's like they've been at it for years. They're two great bands, and there's no mentoring any of these guys; they're all very professional.

MR: Where can people go to find information on your tour?

MT: There's http://www.creed.com , and we're also giving away a motorcycle. You can go there and register for free to win this motorcycle.

MR: What advice do you have for new artists?

MT: I would just say keep focused on the music because at the end of the day, that's where all the power to succeed lies--in a good song. I think good representation and good music are important. Find a good manager, and work hard on songs.



Dark_Knight 08-19-2010 03:43 AM

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Creed to come 'Full Circle' at SPAC

http://saratogian.com/articles/2010/...3355500614.txt

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Published: Wednesday, August 18, 2010

By DEANNA AMORE
For The Saratogian

For those of you who may have doubts about Creed’s ability to bounce back, singer Scott Stapp says just listen to them now.

The band is in the middle of a rebirth of sorts, out on the road in support of its newest release, “Full Circle.” The “20-10 Tour” comes to Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, Aug. 25.

“We did progress our sound dramatically,” the singer says of the new album.

It hasn’t been an easy road, as Stapp can certainly attest.

A very ugly, very public split — one the band even refers to as acrimonious — in 2004 made Creed’s critics rejoice and forced fans to choose sides as Stapp went solo and the remaining members moved on to form Alter Bridge.

The group went from topping the charts to becoming fodder for tabloids, especially Stapp, who wrestled with his demons under the harsh spotlight that many celebrities prefer to avoid.

“Some of my missteps were a reflection of what I went through,” Stapp says of the time. “It was a tough period.”

Fast forward five years to 2009 and the band found itself reunited and back on tour, including a stop at SPAC last summer. It was more like a trial run before they hit the studio.

“We didn’t know what to expect. We didn’t want to be in the past,” Stapp says of the need to put out a new album. He says the process was “a little backward” given that the band toured first then recorded. He calls their albums the chapters of their lives, which makes “Full Circle” an apropos title.

Songs such as “Overcome,” “On My Sleeve” and “Away in Silence” help tell the story behind the struggle.

This year’s tour is also helping the band get over what animosity there may have been.

“It’s amazing. The band is really coming together,” he says. “It’s been a humbling and exciting time. We’re having fun.”

While he doesn’t want to live in the past, Stapp certainly can’t forget it. In fact, the singer is writing a book about it, sort of like a message for the younger generation of musicians out there. His advice? “Treasure what you have. Don’t get caught up in the whole rock star thing. Keep yourself healthy,” he says. “We did fit into a rock ‘n’ roll cliché – the one we wish we didn’t fit in.”

For Stapp, it’s the fans who have hung on through thick and thin that help keep him grounded.

“We’ve been fortunate. We’ve never been the cookie-cutter band. Our music stands the test of time,” he says.

He is hoping a new generation of fans comes out to see the band perform.

“It’s a rock family affair,” says the father of three, urging parents to bring their kids with them to the show.

When this tour ends in September, the singer will head out on a solo tour. It will be in more intimate venues, but Stapp says with “a lot of energy.” He says he plans sing his solo stuff, as well as Creed songs in a way fans have never heard.

As for Creed, Stapp says “Full Circle” is just the “tip of the iceberg.” Right now, they are focusing on the present, with an eye to the future and perhaps a return to the studio sometime next year.

Stapp knows it is up to the fans to keep them going. One way to they are giving back to them is by keeping this year’s ticket prices low. Inside seating at SPAC is $26, with lawn seats going for $16.

“We’ve been blown away by our fans,” Stapp says. “It quickly heals old wounds. We’re back and we’re better.”



Creed accepts its spiritual destiny

http://www.northjersey.com/arts_ente...l_destiny.html

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Creed to perform at Saturday night in Holmdel

Thursday, August 19, 2010
BY MIKE KERWICK

His first instinct is to make the wrong choice. He believes this because in the past, when given multiple options, Scott Stapp has often wandered down the darkest road he could find.

"I can't do it my way," the Creed frontman said during a recent phone interview, " 'cause my way leads to death. My way has only brought pain and hurt to those I love and myself."

Years ago, it bothered Stapp when music fans assumed Creed was willing to carry the banner for the Christian faith. It wasn't so much the label. It was the pressure of living up to that label.

"We got that banner and we totally were like, 'Wait a minute. We're four dudes in a rock band for all the classic reasons, not the Christian reasons,' " Stapp said. "Go back and listen to the interviews. You'll hear it over and over again. 'No, we're not a Christian band.' We were deathly afraid of that, 'cause we didn't want to be hypocrites. We were trying to dispel that because we didn't want to be called that."

Now he doesn't mind carrying the banner. He doesn't mind using part of this phone interview to confirm his Christianity, to illustrate how it has enriched his life.

But back in Creed's heyday, when the group was pumping out one platinum record after another, he was confused. "And I thought that that was kind of clear in the music and in the songs that I had no agenda to promote Christ and salvation," Stapp said. "I was actually conflicted about the whole thing."

The band called it quits in 2004. Stapp said it was a mutual decision, but his actions definitely helped pave the way. His bizarre performance during a Chicago concert that winter actually inspired four fans to file a lawsuit against the band.

The group reunited last spring, touring for a few months and releasing a new album ("Full Circle") last fall. Stapp compared the band's breakup to walking in on your girlfriend and learning she's cheating on you.

"That's a deep wound, kind of a traumatic visual image to see," Stapp said. "When you get back with that person, that's going to be a hard scar, a hard scab to heal. And it's going to take time. … You don't just jump back in."

And he thinks most fans will notice the difference on "Full Circle." Of the group's four albums, Stapp thinks this one is the most powerful, but has the least synergy.

"On our first three albums, you could put your headphones on and every song is connected," Stapp said. "It's almost like the first song never stopped. This new album, you get a song and you get a vibe and then it stops. And then you get another one. I think what that shows is we really didn't know how to communicate with each other, except through the music, when we wrote this album."

It takes time. Six years after Creed's first breakup, Stapp doesn't mind waiting, at least until the road looks safe.



Dark_Knight 08-19-2010 09:29 PM

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Short article from CitizensVoice.com

http://citizensvoice.com/news/creed-...lcome-1.958354

Creed receives warm welcome

By Josh McAuliffe (Staff Writer)
Published: August 19, 2010

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Creed may have been off the musical radar for what seemed like eons, but they haven't been forgotten by their fans.

Case in point: Wednesday night's concert at Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain, which found the one-time modern rock golden boys playing to an impressive though not jam-packed crowd. Scott Stapp and company brought the noise, and plenty of it.

They also brought two opening acts. First up was the four-piece Theft, who gave the early arrivals 20 minutes of their '90s alternative-meets-indie rock stylings. Next up was the Christian hard rock combo Skillet, who shook the tent with their ear-shattering melodies, complemented by cello and violin.
Creed has often been pegged as a pseudo-Christian act, but most who latched onto the band during their late '90s, early 2000s heyday liked them primarily for their high-volume compositions and Stapp's over-the-top, Eddie Vedder-esque vocals.

That's what folks got Wednesday night. Taking the stage around 9:15, pyrotechnics shooting off around them, Stapp, guitarist Mark Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall and drummer Scott Phillips dove into the opening chords of "Bullets." As Stapp marched back and forth, Tremonti tore off an abundance of jackhammer riffs.

A few songs in, Stapp announced the band was going "back to its roots" before beginning the opening chords of 1997's "My Own Prison." The hits continued, including power ballad "With Arms Wide Open."

Indeed, fans seemed more than happy to take Creed back into their welcoming embrace.




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