From Raleigh, NC:
“That was by far one of the Top 5 concerts I’ve seen…..and I’ve seen A LOT of concerts! Creed and Skillet were phenomenal!”
From Buffalo, NY
“Creed is amazing live!”
From Tampa, FL
“Creed concert was off the chain!”
It would be easy to imagine these were tour comments from a decade ago, when Creed dominated radio playlists, and album sales charts, except that Twitter did not exist then, to capture instantaneous responses, and those were days when selling CDs mattered most to music success. Those comments were from just weeks ago, as a reborn and re-ignited Creed took on their 2010 Tour. Last year, the band had only a few months to compose and complete their Full Circle album before launching their first tour together after seven years, and many loyalists as well as new fans hardly had time to comprehend that Creed was back. This time around, though, everyone was feeling the love, including critics who have always found positive words for the band just too hard to shallow. One music writer from the Austin Post had this to say after the Houston show, “Whenever I hear this band, I get instant ’90s flashbacks, who can forget With Arms Wide Open and Higher. Although they sold millions of albums and concert tickets, and were on the top of every rock chart, the critics never gave them much respect. However, judging from this concert, they still rock like hell, have a great following, and give the audience a cool show, complete with catchy songs, smoke, and fire.”
Of course, longtime fans will attest that it is the passion in Creed’s lyrics and music that lingers and continues to lure followers long after the smoke from the pyro pots has gone.
On September 28, though, Scott Stapp will begin his own tour, scaling down Creed songs, and some of his own songs from 2005’s The Great Divide, along with a few surprises that may be part of his second solo collection, planned for release next year. Stapp relates that the stripped-down renditions are something “that fans have never heard before, but have long been screaming for”. Apparently so, the first show in Ft. Lauderdale, FL is already a sell-out. Other dates include several shows in Canada, Arizona, California, Nevada, and Mississippi.
“It’s a very, very unique show, and I’m very excited about it,” he exuberantly declares. “It’s playing songs like What If with three acoustic guitars instead of hammering on it. It’s a high-energy re-presentation of the songs-how they were written. The setting is a lot more intimate, and I can share more of my thoughts about the songs. There will be moments of inspiration.”
Old friends are part of the band, too. Eric Friedman, who joined the last two Creed tours, adding his own flair for guitar improvisation, will go acoustic with Stapp, and bassist Mitch Burman, who was part of the recording the first solo album and tours through 2006, will add a familiar vibe.
Inspiration flows into Stapp as freely as it pours out through his music, whether he finds it from sharing family moments at home, with wife, Jaclyn, son, Jagger, and daughter, Milan, who just this summer welcomed baby brother, Daniel, or in coordinating on-the-ground relief efforts in Haiti, or in collaborating with legendary guitar maestro Carlos Santana for the remade CCR track, Fortunate Son, newly infused with Stapp passion on the deluxe edition of Guitar Heaven. Scott Stapp is thankful to know the source of every, and all, of his own good gifts.
The following venues are part of the fall acoustic tour:
September 28th in Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live
September 30th in San Bernardino, CA @ San Manuel Amphitheater
October 1st in Fountain Hills, AZ @ Fort McDowell Resort & Casino
October 9th in Las Vegas, NV @ Rocks Lounge at Red Rock Resort Casino
October 10th in Reno, NV @ Silver Legacy Resort & Casino
October 16th in Enoch, AB @ River Cree Resort & Casino
October 17th in Red Deer, AB @ Memorial Centre
October 18th in Yorkton, SK @ Holly’s Night Club
October 20th in Winnipeg, MB @ McPhillips Station Casino
October 22nd in Calgary, AB @ Century Casino
November 5th in Tallahassee, FL @ Floyd’s Music Store
November 6th in Biloxi, MS @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
November 13th in Wendover, NV @ Peppermill Hotel & Casino
November 19th in Saint John, NB @ Imperial Theater
November 20th in Halifax, NS @ Casino Nova Scotia – Schooner Showroom
Personal experience and music knowledge.