Creed, Staind and Lo Pro performed at Aaron’s Ampitheatre on the Southside Saturday night, September 12, 2009. Here is an excerpt from Creed’s website explaining the course of events leading to this “reunion” tour:
Five years ago, Wind-up Records recording artist Creed disbanded in what turned into an acrimonious split that left lead singer Scott Stapp and the rest of the band—guitarist Mark Tremonti, drummer Scott Phillips and bassist Brian Marshall—on opposite sides, each pursuing separate careers, with Stapp as a solo performer, the other three forming Alter Bridge.
After three, multi-platinum albums in 1996’s My Own Prison (6 million), 1999’s Human Clay (11 million) and 2001’s Weathered (6 million), the last two debuting at 1 on the Billboard Top 200, selling a total of more than 26 million in the U.S. alone, with hits like “My Own Prison,” “Torn,” “What’s This Life For,” “One,” “Higher,” “With Arms Wide Open,” “My Sacrifice” and “One Last Breath,” Creed had hit a roadblock, both professional, and even more, personal.
A meeting at an Orlando hotel, where Stapp and Tremonti exchanged pictures of their families, resulted in a reconciliation and a decision for Creed to tour with its original line-up. Not wanting the shows to spotlight just their past “greatest hits,” the reunited band entered the studio with noted producer Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Daughtry, Flyleaf, Motorhead, Papa Roach), and the resulting album was aptly dubbed Full Circle, indicating Creed’s long journey to the present, or as Stapp and Tremonti both put it, “a second chance to make a first impression with each other and our fans.”
“When we split, nobody thought we would ever get back together again,” acknowledges band co-founder Tremonti, who first befriended Stapp while classmates at the same Orlando high school before attending Florida State together. “But five-six years go by, and things change. We realized what we had built was more important than any of our individual quirks. Scott is definitely a more humble guy now. He has respect for everyone around him, but we’re all more mature, grown men with families of our own. We’re all playing nice.”
TELL US WHAT YOU THOUGHT OF THE CONCERT. WERE YOU AWAITING THIS CREED REUNION? (Photo Credit:Matt Alexandre/ www.robbsphotos.com)