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Creed

During the late '90s, Creed emerged from a sea of post-grunge contenders to become one of the decade's biggest-selling rock bands. At a time when many other Seattle disciples were lapsing into inactivity or experimenting with less commercial sounds, Creed carried the torch of straightforward, grungy hard rock without apology -- and they were amply rewarded, selling millions upon millions of albums in just a few years' time. That success didn't translate into critical acclaim, however. Many reviewers slammed the band's music as derivative, and frontman Scott Stapp was lambasted by publications like Rolling Stone for being "irony-deficient, Jesus-haired and often shirtless in a way that reminded people of the guy from Lord of the Dance." Based on their frequently spiritual lyrics, some observers deemed Creed part of a new breed of alternative-styled Christian bands, an affiliation that Creed actively tried to downplay. Neither critical jabs nor a potential secular backlash could derail the band, though, and they went into the new millennium as a seemingly unstoppable commercial juggernaut. Ultimately, it was Stapp's substance abuse and increasingly erratic behavior that brought an end to Creed's heyday in 2004. The remaining members partnered with vocalist Myles Kennedy to form Alter Bridge, while Stapp briefly pursued a solo career before reconvening with Creed in late 2008.

Creed took root in 1995 in Tallahassee, FL. Founding members Scott Stapp and guitarist Mark Tremonti had been classmates in high school and both attended Florida State University, where Stapp studied law before dropping out to pursue music (a decision that led to conflict with his anti-rock & roll parents, as his father was a Pentecostal minister). Stapp and Tremonti began writing songs together, many of which obliquely addressed themes of Christian spirituality, and added a rhythm section consisting of bassist Brian Marshall and drummer Scott Phillips. As an alternative to the band's original moniker (Naked Toddler), Marshall suggested the name Creed, having previously played in another band dubbed Mattox Creed.

Now boasting a new name and a muscled, modern rock sound, Creed went on to form their own label, Blue Collar, before entering the recording studio in 1997 with producer John Kurzweg. Recorded on a shoestring budget of $6,000 and initially self-released in a limited run, the debut album My Own Prison was soon picked up by Wind-Up Records -- a fledgling imprint with distribution through Sony -- and treated to a beefy remix that gave it a heavier, radio-friendly punch. The trick worked, as My Own Prison subsequently spun off no less than four number one singles -- "My Own Prison," "Torn," "What's This Life For," and "One" -- on Billboard's mainstream rock radio charts, making Creed the first band to accomplish the feat with its debut album. My Own Prison proved to be extremely popular, moving over five million copies over several years' time despite little MTV exposure or media coverage.

Although Creed saw a good deal of competition from their post-grunge contemporaries, the band's sophomore album demonstrated their staying power. Released in the fall of 1999 (when tracks from My Own Prison were still peppering the Billboard charts and radio playlists), Human Clay turned out to be a blockbuster, entering the charts at number one and selling a whopping ten million copies over the next two years. The album's leadoff single, "Higher," spent a record-breaking 17 weeks at number one on rock radio, and the follow-up singles "What If" and "With Arms Wide Open" topped the chart as well. This gave the band seven consecutive chart-topping hits on rock radio. "With Arms Wide Open" also gave Creed their first number one pop hit; several months later, the song won a Grammy for Best Rock Song.

During the summer of 2000, bassist Brian Marshall made headlines for criticizing Pearl Jam's recent songwriting style during a radio interview; he later apologized, and Stapp distanced the rest of the band from Marshall's comments on Creed's website. Months later, as the band readied itself for an American tour, it was announced that Marshall was no longer a member of Creed. He was quickly replaced by touring bassist Brett Hestla (also of Virgos Merlot) and later formed a new band, Grand Luxx, with his old bandmates from Mattox Creed. That same summer, Stapp was goaded into a brief media feud with Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst, who launched into a profane tirade against Stapp at a summer festival that both bands were playing. Although Stapp later blasted Durst's business tactics (as senior VP at Interscope), claiming they stemmed from a "mobster mentality," things soon reverted to normal as the band returned to the studio.

Creed worked on their new album for much of 2001; although Hestla remained in the touring lineup, Tremonti chose to handle the bass parts himself, preserving the band's initial core. Weathered was then released in November 2001, entering the charts at number one and tying a record (among other number one debuts) by remaining there for eight straight weeks; during that two-month time, it also sold a staggering five million copies. The first single, "My Sacrifice," was a Top Five pop hit that spent nine weeks atop the rock radio charts. "One Last Breath" also demonstrated the band's crossover appeal by faring well on both charts.

Stapp was involved in a car accident in April 2002 and suffered both a concussion and vertebrae damage. Creed initially canceled the rest of their tour, but Stapp recovered quickly, allowing the band to reschedule most of their show dates during the summer. Stapp's health was slipping in other ways, however, as he developed an addiction to Percocet and began taking a host of other medications on the road, including Xanax and throat steroids. The tour concluded with an infamous performance in Chicago, during which an obviously intoxicated Stapp performed one song while lying on his back. Such problems quickly led to the band's unraveling.

Wind-Up Records officially announced the breakup of Creed in June 2004. Over the course of ten years, the band had sold over 30 million albums worldwide and became one of the biggest touring draws of the '90s. Founding members Mark Tremonti, Scott Phillips, and Brian Marshall went on to form Alter Bridge with ex-Mayfield Four frontman Myles Kennedy. Scott Stapp went on to issue a solo record, 2005's The Great Divide, which included a collection of rock songs inspired by Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ.

Three years later, Stapp and Tremonti reconvened at the Hard Rock Hotel in Florida, where they began to reconcile past differences. Shortly thereafter, the two persuaded Scott Phillips and original bassist Brian Marshall to band together once again, thus cementing Creed's reunion. The band booked a series of shows for the summer of 2009 in support of the album Full Circle, which was released later that year. ~ Andrew Leahey & Steve Huey, Rovi
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Love it !!!!!!! ;)
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GAY
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Creeds lyrics are so inspirationa l . . . Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and keep living. Live strong.
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Creed and Soundgarden both wish they were Pearl Jam... Although I actually like Soundgarden. Creed's singer just doesn't have his own sound, he must be trying to intentionall y sound like Eddie Vedder, it's way too coincidental .
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"Hold me now, I'm six feet from the edge and I'm thinking, maybe six feet ain't so far down..."
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I was at the Chicago show. It was so sad. It was my first Creed show and I was so excited!!It was very apparent that Scott's behavior was off. He seems to be getting better and I look forward to more of their music!!!
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I remember when this song was popular, it was about hearing the news of becoming a dad. So sweet
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Ghouls are not zombies!
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So you're saying I have to hate them to be a man. Just look at you. Based on your comments, I would say you're not. I don't want to come back here with your nonsense. Yet you wonder why AiC and Nirvana get a lot of hate, you're only making it worse (even though they are great). Come back when you're ready to grow up
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When I was born this was the song that was playing so my mom and dad say its my song
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nicko252008
I have been listening to hard rock since you swam in daddys lil bag AND I fought for America. What have you done? But leech off your parents, and play with your pecker. Grow up... or be a man at least.
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The only thing I hate more than a hipster, is a hipster who rants to get attention.
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Meaning you should do something with your life Nicko.
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bren7777
One last Breath...
One to many...
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nicko252008
ur reputation of being a douche? oh sorry :/ creed still sucks
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austimik
I'm so butthurt about this band! I'm gonna go in the corner with Layne, and suck his d**k
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Don't ruin my reputation you f**king b**ch
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Let's report nicko! Unless you wanna get off
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Creed was a worthy post-grunge band. I dig them.
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Actually, Weavile is right. Nicko is a hipster. This is the reason no one likes grunge anymore. However, Creed was so underrated due to AiC s**tting on them. Get em bro!
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I completely agree with you! Whoever thinks that Creed is gay or says anything bad about them, they obviously need help! Creed is so amazing and deep that people are to stupid to understand. Nicko, honestly, you don't know your music! If you say anything offensive about Creed, Fall Out Boy, Green Day, Linkin Park, or Martin Garrix, you are going down!
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Most of us know that this jerkoff below is a hipster, who is a AiC fanboy. Let me make it clear one more time. AiC, Creed, Nirvana, Audioslave, and Pearl Jam are all awesome. So what's the deal with Creed? Anything before Audioslave copies them? That must be bulls**t. Why don't you follow in your dad's footsteps and suck my d**k
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Well said, @cheryl.clk
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megan1490
I love creed their songs are so amazing!!! I love with arms wide open and higher also
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Literally the most underrated band of all time
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I still LOVE CREEDS "My own prison" Been there, done that! How about giving Scott a break? "Those without sin, cast the first stone"!!! The greatest album Rocks...list e n to it all the time. Gives me Hope...
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creed - on my sleeve is one of my all time if you want to truly know me sort of songs always will be
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Its nice to see I'm not the only one who feels that creed is awsome. The lyrics (if you listen) are mind blowing & really have a message. I'd love to see them keep jamming! CONCERT? HELL YEAH!! Their greatest hits is one of my favorite cd's. (If it still works) please do what you do!!! ❤����Lv Jersey!!
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Amazing
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An American Band dedicated to excellence and playing their way for 2+Decades.
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CREED! Every band wants to be like fukin' CREED!
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batbell6
Creed is one of my favorite bands!!!
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They are amazing. Their music has gotten me through hard times. They will never go out of style. Keep doing what you guys do :)
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Drove cross country killing my speakers to this album!!
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After 10 yrs their songs never get out of style. . Ill be driving and jamming to my favorite songs
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Tears of joy
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Love love Creed my favorite song down to one last breath
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Awe my favorite song my jam
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Thanks for wishing me a HAPPY B-DAY 13 YEARS AGO!!!! ^,^
My father Jim( jimmy, sr) had you on the phone when he staged your concert. #Go(DADS'!!! ! ! ! )
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Love this song
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I hear a thunder in the distance, see a vision of the cross, I feel the pain that was given on that sad day of loss.. Awsome lyrics..Wow very heavy...love it!!
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I love this song!!!!!
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One of my favorite songs by creed..I was there briefly..I created my own prision. Should have been dead on a sunday bangin my head!!!
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Love
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There are some of their songs i like, but that being said I'm not too much of a fun the band.
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Love creed, need them for reminders
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I need creed when I am hung over.
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syshanahocke r
i love creed, don't care what anyone thinks
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I'm hairless, I believe.
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