Scott Stapp of Creed 2017 Tour: Live and Unplugged
Art of Dying, Jeremy (of Willet), Rockett Queen
Sun, June 18, 2017
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pmTrees
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"With My Own Prison, I knew we had the talent to get a record deal and I knew we had songs good enough to get played on the radio, but I never had any expectations of reaching this many people," says Creed's frontman Scott Stapp.
Nonetheless, the band's success has been truly phenomenal. Creed was the first band in history to have four #1 Rock Radio singles from a debut album. On the strength of their singles, including the crushing title track and the more pensive "What's This Life For," Creed topped countless year-end charts and was recognized as the Rock Artist of the Year at Billboard's 1998 Music Awards. Their debut album was also the #1-selling Hard Music album of 1998 on SoundScan's Hard Music chart.
With the release of their second album, Human Clay, Creed upped the ante yet again. "Higher," the first single from their 10-times platinum sophomore release, broke the Active and Mainstream Rock airplay records for the most consecutive weeks at #1, holding the coveted spot for eighteen weeks. Furthermore, Creed was recognized once again as the Rock Artist of the Year at Billboard's 1999 and 2000 Music Awards. Human Clay 's first three singles ("Higher," "What If" and "With Arms Wide Open") again achieved #1 status, setting a record with a total of seven consecutive #1 Rock Radio singles.
"We're the type of band that functions really well under pressure and the only pressure that we recognize is our own. We definitely wanted to top ourselves [after the My Own Prison album]," says Stapp. "We wanted to make a really great record. The band's goal has always been to make records that are solid from start to finish; records that take you through an entire range of emotions." Guitarist / co-writer Mark Tremonti added, "We always kept in mind that we had to write for ourselves because as long as we are proud of it, our fans will be as well. We try not to set any other goals above and beyond that." While Stapp grants that the band's increased resources had some impact on the structure of Human Clay, it's clear that Creed's evolution is far more than just a matter of dollars and cents.
Once again, Creed has returned with an album of songs that collectively offer the listener a passionate journey of emotive energy. Tremonti and Stapp's collaborations stand among the select few that seem to effortlessly draw the listener in and truly move the spirit through the simple art of expression. The lead single, "My Sacrifice," opens with a signature Mark Tremonti guitar intro and then envelops the listener with the mood and power no other band today commands.
For Weathered, Creed once again turned to longtime friend and producer John Kurzweg to ensure that they captured the anthemic guitars, dramatic vocals and bold lyrics that have made the band's brawny-yet-intimate sound a radio staple for several years. The band also decided to invite Kirk Kelsey, their longtime live sound engineer, to co-produce the new material. Together with Kurzweg and Kelsey, Creed recorded the new album in a home studio just outside of Orlando. Drummer Scott Phillips commented, "We've done our previous two albums in home studios and have felt that this is our best creative environment where we can feel comfortable and creative as a band." Guitarist Mark Tremonti performed all of the bass guitar tracks on Weathered and a few special guests made passionate contributions to the album. On "Don't Stop Dancing," the band was joined by the Tallahassee Boys' Choir and Amie Stapp. Regarding his sister's appearance on the album, Stapp noted, "I had been looking for a female vocalist for awhile and it dawned on me that I didn't need to look any farther than home." On "Who's Got My Back?," vocalist Bo Taylor, an archivist at The Museum of the Cherokee Indian, makes a special appearance on the invitation of Creed. Taylor mentioned, "I really like Creed's music because they are asking questions that all human beings should ask as they look outside of themselves. Music touches people and Scott contacted me to celebrate where he originally came from and to reconnect with his ancestry. It speaks volumes about his character that he reached back and made this statement and it means a lot to me personally that he did this."
"I think my lyrics are very direct and understandable," says Stapp. "People can relate to that, so that's something I didn't want to move away from. At the same time, we're a little bit older and more mature now and we've been through a lot in the past few years, so we are looking to put things across in a way that reflected that." Co-writer Mark Tremonti added, "We wanted to take our sound and expand on it. I think Weathered is the most diverse, dynamic record we have written to date."
Creed's reputation for dynamic and passionate live performances has led to consistently sold-out shows. Over the past four years the band has played to more than four million fans worldwide. "We were out on tour for a long time and wherever we went, there were people telling me how much certain songs meant to them and how they felt so close to them," says Stapp. "That means more to me than any other kind of attention. It's important to feel as if you're doing something worthwhile and in this band, with Mark and Scott, I feel like I am." On a similar note, drummer Scott Phillips added, "Our success has been dictated by the fans. They are the most important thing in the band's life. The three of us feel blessed to have such a great following of people. It's amazing to me when I sit behind the kit during a show and see the passion and emotion displayed by the audience."
In January 2002, Creed embarked on a world tour that will bring them to over one million fans throughout the year. The year began with a trek across North American arenas in January, after which they touched down in Australia and New Zealand in July. The band will then return to the U.S. for a Summer / Fall stadium tour. When asked before the tour about his feelings on getting back on the road and in front of the band's fans, guitarist Mark Tremonti replied, "Personally, I can't wait to get back on tour. It is something I truly enjoy and can't live without. It has been too long since we played a full blown show." Scott Phillips mentioned, "It's been over a year since we've had a chance to perform in front of a crowd. Our experiences in previous years have been amazing and we can't wait to continue that feeling."
In 2000, Creed's presence on television and their impact on end-of-year award shows were undeniable. The band released their VH1 Behind The Music special, taped and released VH1's Storytellers with The Doors and garnered numerous awards. In November, Creed earned two awards at the Radio Music Awards and the fans bestowed four awards on the band at the My VH1 Awards. They also received the award for Rock Artist of the Year, for the third year in a row, at the Billboard Awards in December. The writing team of Mark Tremonti / Scott Stapp kicked off 2001 by winning a Grammy Award for the band's composition, "With Arms Wide Open," a deeply personal song that was inspired when Stapp learned he was going to become a father.
Stapp is also continually besieged with requests to help with a variety of fund-raisers and charities and helps whenever and wherever he can. He has started his own charity, the "With Arms Wide Open Foundation" in an attempt to help underprivileged children and to be able to give something back to the communities that have supported Creed.
"In my early days as a musician I just wanted to play and hone my chops," explains Hetherington, "and playing on the street seemed like the best way to do that. It teaches you a lot about songwriting and about yourself, because you're having to learn and make mistakes in front of people. I'll never forget the folks who came and took notice of what I was doing back then, lots of them are ART OF DYING fans now and I think that's testament to what we've been able to create as a band."
And what ART OF DYING has been able to create is muscular, vivacious hard-rock bursting with lung-shattering choruses and a sincerity that is impossible to fake. Equally at home with a lead-fingered riff or a deft slow-burner, there is an ease of breadth in AOD's repertoire that would send most of their peers salad-green with envy.
Gradually, Hetherington's ambitions grew beyond his local sidewalk and he began to seek out like-minded collaborators that he could expand his already impressive template with. Drummer Jeff Brown was swiftly recruited and he and Hetherington set about formulating the powerful nucleus of what ART OF DYING would soon become. It was recordings of those initial sessions that would eventually find their way into the hands on DISTURBED's Dan Donegan - a guitarist with both a fine personal pedigree and a keen ear for new talent.
"I was blown away when I first heard their demo," enthuses Donegan. "I lived with it for quite a while and I was so impressed with the quality of the songwriting that I had a feeling there was
something special going on. Me and David [Draiman, Disturbed vocalist] had been looking for someone to sign to our imprint for a while, but I wanted to make sure the guys could do it live - it's hard to find a band that are the complete package these days. So, we invited them out on a DISTURBED tour of America, we really threw them in the deep end!"
Plucked from relative obscurity, the band introduced guitarist Tavis Stanley and bassist Cale Gontier to their ranks on the eve of the run with DISTURBED - the quartet playing onstage together for the very first time during the soundcheck of the opening show of the tour. But suddenly, everything clicked. "The moment I knew that we had it right was when our voiced started harmonizing," says Hetherington, of the band's now-trademark three-way vocals. "It felt like the band I had always been looking for and that tour went brilliantly for us - it was the catalyst for us to rise to another level."
Now, with a critically-acclaimed and widely-played major label debut under their belts, ART OF DYING are returning with new long-player RISE UP, their most imperious effort to date and, by the band's own admission the truest representation of their sound they've ever distilled.
"We pushed ourselves incredibly hard with this record," explains Tavis. "We went to the studio with our producer David Bendeth (Bring Me The Horizon, Breaking Benjamin, Of Mice & Men) thinking we had the album pretty much done, but he challenged us far beyond where we thought our limits were."
"In fact, a lot of the lyrical content on this album is about the idea of overcoming adversity," continues Hetherington. "About taking yourself beyond where you thought you could go... about proving the naysayers wrong. Take the opening track "Best Won't Do" for example, it's basically a conversation between me and the son-of-a-bitch who's telling me I can't do what I set my mind to!"
Indeed, if RISE UP is about one thing above all else it is a study on the power of the human will and the uplifting capacity of one's own self belief. This is rip-snorting rock 'n' roll that will smash your self-doubt into a million pieces. It's a record for the believers, for the die hards. "Rise Up"'s swaggering riffs and audacious groove belie a potent message of underdog spirit which permeates every bit of it's three and half minutes. Boasting a huge chorus, it's a feel-good anthem apt to galvanise any audience, anywhere in the world. An exercise in fist-pumping adrenaline, "Tear Down The Wall" showcases Hetherington's exemplary vocal range in all its impeccable glory. From understated slowburn to full throttle power, Hetherington effortlessly guides the listener through a modern rock cut that kicks like a mule while wearing its heart firmly on its sleeve.
"The most important thing for me is connecting with people," finishes Hetherington. "I want people to leave our shows or finish listening to our album feeling something, and hopefully feeling inspired. Really, that's the most powerful, potent thing about music in my experience - and this album is my statement saying 'I'm not going to go quietly, and nor should you'!"
Going quietly they most certainly are not: ART OF DYING has only just begun.
Storming out of East Texas, Rockett Queen burst onto the scene in 2003 and has since been a force with which to be reckoned. Fronted by charismatic, explosive lead vocalist/guitarist Walter Lee, and driven by the untamed Jay Scars on lead guitar. Chaz Graves on bass, and Seven on drums, they have cultivated immense recognition and rave reviews of their full length debut "Too Rock For Radio."
Not every band can boast the title "Best unsigned band in America"… Rockett Queen can. Rockett Queen quickly earned the title "Best Unsigned Band in America" by winning the contest that led their hit single "The Next Big Thing" to be featured in the full length film "John Tucker Must Die." This earned them a spot on the soundtrack along with The All American Rejects, Cartel, Ok Go and many more. With the buzz building, it wasn't long before MTV beckoned and featured "The Next Big Thing" in their hit TV show "Newport Harbour". Following the success of their single "TNBT" Rockett Queen quickly raced back into the studio to record their sophomore EP "Kiss and Tell," which has already been called "the best thing Rockett Queen has released to date." The track "Since You Been Gone" gained notoriety and received heavy airplay on Top 40 radio station The Breeze, where it continues to thrive.
While building a devoted following in the U.S., Rockett Queen also released TRFR in Japan on Little Rock Records. "Inrock," one of Japan's largest music magazines, featured a full 2-page spread on Rockett Queen alongside Avril Lavigne, Paramore, Fall Out Boy, HIM and the Foo Fighters.
Since the release of TRFR, Rockett Queen has persevered playing thousands of shows for over 25,000 fervent fans with artists including Hinder, Powerman5000, Fuel, The All American Rejects, Yellowcard, New Found Glory, Story Of The Year, Bowling For Soup, Coheed and Cambria, Thrice, Bad Religion, The Sounds, Senses Fail, My Chemical Romance and Thursday, in addition to multiple stops on the Vans Warped Tour.
Poised to ascend to new heights, Rockett Queen has recorded and is prepared to unleash their new EP "Goodnight California" featuring the hard-driving anthem and their first single "I Hate You", Rockett Queen is devoting the summer of 2011 to racking up miles on the blacktop as they continue to tour and be up close and personal with each of their Rockett Queen Nation fans.
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