The 4 times I saw this this tour they were having a blast on stage. Stapp did say at the opening shows to the audience he actually felt nervous. Can't blame him when Chicago was an issue in Creed's past. I think people are always reading too much into things and putting thoughts of there own onto the band. They would not be back if it was bad with them.
People like that guy are just projecting BS onto them. They left Creed at the height of it's success and they didn't have to get back together. They did it because they wanted to. All the fans that started the drama between bands are so stupid. And people who are looking at them on stage and making conclusions like that dude did are idiots.
Alot of the "writers" of these blogs or so called music publications are just musicians who have not ever "made it" and they write things with bias and with bad intentions. To me, we give far too much weight to these random internet blogs and publications.
It's like when you watch that one VH1 (I think) show that had all these parts to it on different genres of music and they would talk with industry music writers in different segments and it was so hilarious because it was some old guy or a total uber nerd who where making the comments on the music we listen to. Those are the so called critics of our music. LMAO
I used to pay attention to online reviews and such but then I happend to read about one of the writers and he was a struggling musician who had a bio that read like a huge chip on his shoulders over musicians who had made it. You can't put any value on that stuff. To me a review is about how a show went, the audience reaction, pictures and not about personal biased remarks because you might have a preference for a different type of music.
The members of Creed originally considered playing their 1999 album "Human Clay" in its entirety on their reunion tour in 2009 as a way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its release.
But they changed their minds, preferring instead to play hits from when they were the hottest rock band on the continent songs from their fifth album, "Full Circle," written and recorded after the quartet put an acrimonious split behind them.
"That being the first shows people had seen in seven years at that point we thought it would be better if we went out and did a regular show," drummer Scott Phillips said today in a telephone interview.
But the idea of playing a full album "struck a chord with everybody," he noted, so the radio-friendly hard rock band from Florida decided to double fans' pleasure for its spring and summer U.S. tour. They're alternating performances of "Human Clay" and their 1997 debut, "My Own Prison," in full, as well as playing some of their biggest hits.
It's not clear which one Creed will feature when it performs a free, 18-and-older show at 6 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Socorro Entertainment Center, 11200 Santos Sanchez, with Adelita's Way and Eve to Adam. Call 860.7777 or go to speakingrockentertainment.com for more information.
Either way, the show is bound to feature several of the band's biggest hits, including "One," "Torn," "What's This Life For?" and the title song from their 15-year-old debut album; "Higher," the Grammy-winning "With Arms Wide Open" and "What If" from "Clay."
The first two Creed albums have sold more than 17 million copies between them, made Creed's songs ubiquitous rock and pop radio staples while earning the wrath of critics and spawning a thousand soundalike bands.
Phillips said there was another good reason to pull full albums this time around. "With us not having any new material out, it seemed like a good idea to go out and do something like that," he said.
That they're together at all seemed a long-shot seven years ago, when the band announced it had broken up. Tensions between singer Scott Stapp, he of the soaring voice and earnest anthems, who later copped to drug and alcohol problems, and the band came to a head the year before.
Guitarist Mark Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall and Phillips teamed with singer Myles Kennedy to form Alter Bridge, which has released three albums together and remains an active concern.
Phillips said that despite Creed's massive success a decade ago — its first four albums have sold more than 28 million copies domestically — the members weren't prepared for the changes and pressures that came with it.
"There was no instruction manual the first time, and I think we're all definitely a lot older, but hopefully a lot more wise about continuing things and knowing what went wrong the first time and trying to avoid the pitfalls," he said.
"It's something we all kind of learned and, unfortunately, sometimes the best way to learn is the hard way, where it'll stick and stay ingrained."
The band's chemistry these days is "probably better than it has been in a long time," he said.
Stapp changed his ways and shaved off his long hair to put the rock star mentality behind him. He's writing a book about his life to help set the record straight.
Meanwhile, Creed carries on, playing theaters instead of the arenas to which it grew accustomed during its late '90s/early '00s heyday. The group's also working on songs for a sixth album, which could come out next year.
"We've got probably five or six songs that are well on their way to being finished, but none that are ready for public consumption at this point," Phillips said, though he's not sure exactly when they'll start recording.
"We've been discussing ever since January or February about trying to get time together to get these songs recorded," he said, adding that once they reach consensus on a producer "we've got some windows throughout the rest of this year."
They've also discussed recording while on tour, which, for the moment, will stretch through Sept. 8.
Meanwhile, Phillips finds himself increasingly in demand. He's not only a working member of Alter Bridge (singer Kennedy is currently touring with Slash), but recently formed Projected with Sevendust guitarist John Connolly and bassist Vince Hornsby and Submersed guitarist Eric Friedman, who doubles as a touring guitarist with Creed.
Phillips' third group started "just by chance" when Connolly, a friend who lives 15 minutes away in Orlando, ran into to him at a party. "Out of the blue he said, 'What are you doing a couple of weeks from now?' I said, 'Nothing. I'll be home.' He said, 'Wanna make a record?'"
Connolly had "some songs, he'd got some studio time booked but he said, 'I don't have a drummer,'" Phillips recalled, adding that he learned the song in a week, then recorded them with his new bandmates.
The group, which Phillips called a "side project," expects to release an album, "Human," on Sept. 18 and hopes to do some touring to support it in the fall, as long, Phillips said, as it doesn't interfere with Sevendust's recording plans in September.
How does he juggle not one but three bands?
"A lot of careful planning in advance," Phillips said.
Friday night was a spiritual awakening of sorts as Creed brought their 2012 tour to Thunder Valley Casino Resort’s outdoor amphitheater, with lead singer Scott Stapp providing an emotional, chest thumping performance befitting a true rock-star.
Opening band Like a Storm started the show off as temperatures hovered just over 100 degrees, with Chris Brooks (lead singer/guitar), and his two brothers, Matt (lead guitar), and Kent (bass), along with drummer Roye Robley.
The New Zealand band is no stranger to Creed, this will be their fourth tour with the band and after listening to them perform, it was obvious why Creed has them open the show.
The show was to begin at 7:30, so when Like a Storm took the stage at 6:50, the crowd was pretty sparse. Kicking off with “Chemical Infatuation” and “Never Surrender,” they did a good job of getting the crowd up on their feet.
As Eve to Adam took the stage the seats were quickly filling in anticipation of Creed. With band members Taki Sassaris (lead vocals/guitar), Alex Sassaris (drums/backing vocals) and Gaurav Bali (guitar/backing vocals) they kicked off their set with”151” and “No Regret.”
I would have preferred to see Like a Storm in the second slot. I thought they were far superior than Eve to Adam, and it would have been great to hear more songs from them.
The stage was dark as Creed band members Scott Stapp (lead vocals), Mark Tremonti (guitar), Scott Phillips (drums), and Brian Marshall (bass) quietly took the stage.
As the band started “Are You Ready,” the lights blasted on, bathing the audience in their brilliance, making it next to impossible to see what was happening onstage.
While the lighting on band members, including Stapp, was somewhat dark, the rest of the stage was lit up in various colors, with the audience getting the occasional dose of lights.
As the band went on to play “Torn” and “Wrong Way,” Stapp, who was already sweating profusely, continued pouring his heart and soul into each and every song. Stapp had total control over the audience as he would reach for the heavens with pained expressions and the occasional guttural scream.
Creed stuck to the music that got them where they’re at and only played one song, “A Thousand Faces,” from their latest album Full Circle.
Many fans believe Creed is a Christian band, but Creed has never seen themselves as a Christian band. In an interview Stapp was asked if he was a Christian artist, to which he responded, “I’m an artist who’s a Christian, because I don’t write music to be evangelical. Now, if that happens, it happens. My dad’s a dentist, and he’s a Christian. Now, does he put in Christian fillings? No, that’s just part of his three-dimensional life. Now, there are people that are Christian artists, because they have a purpose to be evangelical for Christ. I don’t feel I’ve been called to that yet. Now, that could change. There’s no telling what kind of call God will put on my life.”
I had the opportunity to ask Creed fan Angela Williams what she thought about the Concert. While she didn’t get a chance to see Like a Storm, she did see Eve to Adam and thought they rocked. As for Creed . . . “Amazing, and they left us wanting more!”
Many fans after all these years were still comparing Creed to Pearl Jam and how much Stapp sounds like Eddie Vetter. Get over it people!! Creed has their own sound, their own personality, and their own legendary status – stop with the comparisons.
There’s still some great summer concerts left for Thunder Valley Casino’s Summer Concert Series.
Post by JenMusicLover on Aug 7, 2012 9:16:48 GMT -5
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Creed rocks Thunder Valley
Creed has reuinited, and are back in full swing. They played an arena-quality show Friday night to a full venue at Thunder Valley Casino Resort.
The group played a full set starting out with one of their classics, "Are You Ready?" They continued through the evening playing some new material, before returning with the crowd-favorite "Arms Wide Open" and ending with an encore and their classic song, "My Sacrifice."
Creed's show presented with more maturity and responsbility than this writer remembers when they were at the height of their career in the early 2000s. They appeared to treat their show and their audience in a serious manner. It was great to see them again, a little wiser, a little grayer, and much better.
Post by JenMusicLover on Aug 7, 2012 9:23:13 GMT -5
Creed Packs The Park!
Written by Megan Whitehead
Grammy Award winning Super Group CREED lite up the Timberwood Amphitheater in Hot Springs, at Magic Springs Saturday night, putting on an amazing show, blasting out all their greatest hits. They opened with “Are you Ready?” and closed the show with a couple of favorites, “one Last Breath” and “My Sacrifice.” Leaving Magic Springs Summer Series largest crowd yet, in awe after a nearly two hour set, with their paramount performance.
I saw the band almost 10 years ago, and was pleasantly surprised to see, they haven’t changed a bit! Not in sound or looks! Their enthusiasm, despite the temperatures reaching 106 degrees in Hot Springs on Saturday was truly inspiring. They never missed a note and seemed genuinely happy to be there!
The band comprised of all the original members, Scott Stapp on lead vocals, Mark Tremonti on Lead Guitar, Scott Phillips on Drums and Brian Marshall, Bass Guitar. Though the Band has had some ups and downs over the years, Stapp releasing a solo project and the 3 remaining members forming power group “Alter Bridge”, they seemed at home and very comfortable with each other.
Founding member of the Tallahassee based group back in 1995, Guitarist, Bassisit, and Singer- Song writer Mark Tremonti also released a solo album earlier this month, “All I Was” which is available now.
Creeds has sold over 40 million records over the years, their 2nd album “Human Clay” going 11 times platinum and even reaching the short list of “Diamond” status records. Between touring they are currently working on their 5th album which should be released early next year.
I think some of the most impressive aspects of the prominent group is their benevolent attitudes, positive lyrics, and lack of cursing! Making their shows truly appropriate for all ages. Stapp was in usual form making it clear to the audience that his glory goes to God, with no regrets and no apologies, in his evangelical manner of performance, which is so rare and frankly, refreshing!
Tickets for non season pass holders ran from 45-55 dollars, and were as little as FREE if you hold a season pass and wanted to watch from the grass which, is pretty amazing for an act of this caliber. Especially considering you can see them next Saturday night in Ridgefield WA for around $150.00.
Thank you, CREED for another awesome and memorable Show!!