Whether or not you loved post-grunge supergroup Creed and the ever-present hit "With Arms Wide Open," you need to listen to lead singer Scott Stapp talk about the song reaching the "burn-out phase." Not many artists are so honest about the process, but that speaks to where Stapp is in his life. After battling addiction and writing a wrenching memoir, "Sinner's Creed," the singer is digging into his dark materials for his new album, "Proof of Life" (available Nov. 5). Melinda and I had a great time talking to Stapp, who talked about the catharsis of writing a memoir, thoughts of quitting music, what his current status is with Creed, and the joys of wearing make-up and playing tea party with his daughter. Clearly, Stapp has come through to the other side, and in the process, we get an album that truly rocks. Here's the rundown.
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Pearl Jam performed a somewhat laid-back, yet intense, version of “Sirens,” the current single from “Lightning Bolt,” the No. 1 album on the Billboard 200. They will perform again tonight.
Below Pearl Jam's performance, also check out Bentley's take on "Alive" (with help from the Roots and PJ's Mike McCready), as well as Cornell/Avett Bros.'s take on "Footsteps" and Pecknold's "Corduroy."
Welcome to Oscar Talk.
In case you're new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is broadcast in special installments throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty of things change en route to Oscar's stage and we're here to address it all as it unfolds.
On the docket today…
MTV releasing all 12 episodes of new show "Wait Till Next Year" today on its mobile app
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