Creed discusses reunion, new album
One of the biggest rock bands of the late '90s is ready for a late '00 comeback. Tickets are already on sale for what will be Creed's 50-date reunion tour, to kick off Aug. 6 in Pittsburgh. All four original members have reconvened to hit the road and record a new album, tentatively named "Full Circle," to be released around August.
"I wouldn't call it a reunion. It's a renewing and a rebirth. I missed my boys and wanted to create music with them again," singer Scott Stapp told Rolling Stone in an interview.
The world last heard from Creed in 2004, when the band officially announced it was breaking up. Just prior, the group had been disintegrating as singer Scott Stapp found himself continually embattled -- with drinking and drugs, beefs with other artists, recovery from an auto accident, tabloid-baiting behavior. Stapp famously bid adieu to touring with Creed at a famous Chicago gig in 2002, as he spent the concert slurring and eventually singing while lying down on stage. He later released his solo debut "The Great Divide," inspired in part by Mel Gibson's film "Passion of the Christ."
Last year, Stapp met with longtime Creed co-songwriter and guitarist Mark Tremoni to patch up their relationship and the two eventually roped in drummer Scott Phillips and original bassist Brian Marshall.
" I have a deeper appreciation and respect for the talent, ability and gifts of these three guys in front of me. There is a trust that is even deeper than it could have ever been," Stapp told NoiseCreep recently. "Without having been away and experimented with other artists, I wouldn't have realized that only three other guys in this world, who are in this room, can incite and stimulate me artistically and creatively and pull from my subconscious."
According to Billboard.com, the foursome is recording with producer Howard Benson in Nashville and have already written several tracks for the new set.
"We're not trying to stay in a certain place or conform to where we left off," said Stapp to People. "The music is fresh, edgy, raw, passionate, honest and it rocks."
In case your memories of 1997-2002 have faded, Creed was responsible for big radio hits like "Higher," "With Arms Wide Open" and "My Sacrifice." Combined, the group has sold more than 35 million records worldwide.
Here are the Creed reunion tour dates:
Thu/Aug-06 Pittsburgh PA
Sat/Aug-08 Darien Lakes NY
Sun/Aug-09 Hershey PA
Tue/Aug-11 Saratoga Springs NY
Thu/Aug-13 Philadelphia PA
Sat/Aug-15 Wantagh NY
Sun/Aug-16 Holmdel NJ
Tue/Aug-18 Boston MA
Thu/Aug-20 Hartford, CT
Fri/Aug-21 Washington DC
Sat/Aug-22 Virginia Beach VA
Tue/Aug-25 Detroit MI
Wed/Aug-26 Cleveland OH
Fri/Aug-28 Cincinnati OH
Sat/Aug-29 Indianapolis IN
Sun/Aug-30 Chicago IL
Wed /Sept-2 Columbus OH
Fri/Sept-4 Raleigh NC
Sat/Sept-5 Charlotte NC
Fri/Sept-11 Atlanta GA
Sat/Sept-12 Birmingham AL
Tue/Sept-15 Orlando FL
Wed/Sept-16 West Palm Beach FL
Fri/Sept-18 Lafayette LA
Sat/Sept-19 New Orleans LA
Sun /Sept-20 Bossier City LA
Tue/Sept-22 Dallas TX
Thu/Sept-24 San Antonio TX
Fri/Sept-25 Houston TX
Sun/Sept-27 Las Vegas NV
Tue/Sept-29 Glendale AZ
Wed/Sept-30 Irvine CA
Fri/Oct-2 Salt Lake City UT
Sat/Oct-3 Denver CO
Tue/Oct-6 Minneapolis MN
Wed/Oct-7 Omaha NE
Fri/Oct-9 Tulsa OK
Sat/Oct-10 Kansas City MO
Tue/Oct-13 St Louis MO
Wed/Oct-14 Nashville TN
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