Stapp Interview with the Houston Press
They were labeled a Christian band even as they denied the tag, partying harder than ever on the road. The Jesus label stuck, and Creed grew exhausted trying to refute it.
As the band's star and album sales began to rise, so did a spiteful and vocal minority. By the mid-'00s, the elite music media turned them into literally "suck" incarnate and Creed split in 2004.
His personal demons running rampant, Stapp began a solo career and the rest of Creed formed Alter Bridge with singer Myles Kennedy. By 2009, relations had warmed and Creed reunited for a new album and accompanying tour, which was extremely successful.
This spring the band embarked on a new touring experiment: Spending two nights in select cities playing Prison and Clay in their entirety (Monday and Tuesday in Houston, respectively), plus a few other singles.
Almost 15 years after their initial breakthrough, what is still propelling the Florida band? Chatter reached out to Stapp on the eve of the first leg of Creed's touring cycle to see what it is.
Chatter: Whose idea was it to play these two albums in their entirety?
Scott Stapp: It all came together initially as an idea from our management, Live Nation, and through social media. With the increased access the fans have to the band now, we had been constantly hearing the need for this. We think it will help stimulate us creatively, get us back to our roots, while reconnecting with songs we hadn't played in 15 years.
Chatter: The Creed empire was built on those two albums. What kind of emotional ties are there?
SS: I now have a greater respect, as I look back, [for our] early work and what we have done. Everything was straight from the core, and those albums have become a snapshot of our lives. A lot of those themes and vibes are still very much relevant. There is a new passion and vigor now.
Chatter: Few bands from that period have lasted, or even have albums that have stood the test of time, necessitating playing them live like this.
SS: From 1997 to 2003, our lives were Creed, and then it ended. It's been flattering and cool to hear from up-and-coming artists that came after us share how they were inspired by us, the way I was inspired by the Doors, U2 or Metallica.
Chatter: Of course, the band has also been a lightning rod for flak...
SS: Sometimes the squeaky wheel gets the oil, and you hear that and think it's the general consensus. It's par for the course for any artist that comes on the scene and takes over. With Creed, we have kept in the front of our minds this whole time that the negativity has always been less than one percent of the 99 percent of the whole.
We had no idea things were going to be like that. We were on an indie label, and had no expectations that that would happen. When you get in that position and you have all this love and respect, an opposing camp forms. One thing I always wanted was to connect with people, and get a reaction out of people.
We saw that with the fans, and even in that negativity. It spurred a reaction, good and bad.
Chatter: Do you think your earnestness scared people?
Visit http://www.houstonpress.com/2012-04-26/music/creed-scott-stapp-haters/ to read the full feature.