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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Full Circle

1. Overcome

2. Bread Of Shame

3. A Thousand Faces

4. Suddenly

5. Rain

6. Away In Silence

7. Fear

8. On My Sleeve

9. Full Circle

10. Time

11. Good Fight

12. The Song You Sing

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Track List: Creed: Greatest Hits

1. Torn

2. My Own Prison

3. What's This Life For

4. One

5. Are You Ready

6. Higher

7. With Arms Wide Open

8. What If

9. One Last Breath

10. Don't Stop Dancing

11. Bullets

13. Weathered

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Track List: Weathered

1. Bullets

2. Freedom Fighter

3. Who's Got My Back?

4. Signs

5. One Last Breath

6. My Sacrifice

7. Stand Here With Me

8. Weathered

9. Hide

10. Don't Stop Dancing

11. Lullaby

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Track List: Human Clay

1. Are You Ready?

2. What If

3. Beautiful

4. Say I

5. Wrong Way

6. Faceless Man

7. Never Die

8. With Arms Wide Open

9. Higher

10. Wash Away Those Years

11. Inside Us All

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Track List: My Own Prison

1. Torn

2. Ode

3. My Own Prison

4. Pity For A Dime

5. In America

6. Illusion

7. Unforgiven

8. Sister

9. What's This Life For

10. One

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Track List: Overcome (Single)

1. Overcome

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Track List: Rain (Single)

1. Rain

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Track List: With Arms Wide Open: A Retrospective

Disc 1

1. My Own Prison (Radio Edit)

2. Torn (Radio Edit)

3. What's This Life For

4. One (Radio Edit)

5. What If (Radio Edit)

6. Higher

7. With Arms Wide Open (New Version With Strings)

8. Are You Ready?

9. My Sacrifice (Radio Edit)

10. Bullets

11. One Last Breath (Radio Edit)

12. Don't Stop Dancing

13. Weathered (Edit)

14. Overcome

15. Rain (Pop Mix)

16. A Thousand Faces (Radio Edit)

Disc 2

1. To Whom It May Concern

2. Is This The End (Scream Edit)

3. Bound And Tied

4. Young Grow Old

5. Silent Teacher

6. I'm Eighteen

7. Roadhouse Blues (Live At Woodstock, New York/1999)

8. Riders On The Storm

9. Blistered (Demo)

10. More Than This (Demo)

11. Why (Demo)

Disc 3

1. My Sacrifice (Live Acoustic)

2. My Own Prison (Acoustic Version / Extended)

3. Don't Stop Dancing (Acoustic Version #3)

4. With Arms Wide Open (Acoustic Version)

5. What’s This Life For (Alternate Version)

6. Rain (Live Acoustic)

7. My Own Prison (Live Acoustic)

8. With Arms Wide Open (Live Acoustic)

9. Overcome (Live Acoustic)

10. One (Live Acoustic)

11. Torn (Live Acoustic)

12. Higher (Live Acoustic)

13. To Whom It May Concern (Live Acoustic)

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If you like Creed you have to listen to Alter Bridge if you haven't. The band features Mark Tremonti from Creed on lead guitar.
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Love love love your band, has been my favorite since I heard yas years ago!! Not to mention Scott is HOTTT!!
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I SWERE TO GOD I HEARD THIS VOICE BEFORE!
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I love your music! What a voice, what a tight connected band. Your music is music!!!!!!! !
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Creed/ means what it means get over it and bring that music back together we all fall cmon guys
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Come back Scott /we need you
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Dryyyuuudzxt 5 5 5 5 5 4 r r g f t a x x f d x f f f f f d m
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Love this song its a good song to listen to especially when you go through the toughest times good song to listen to just to relax on and just ease's your mind!!!!!!!
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This band is cool
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GREAT BAND
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And I don't have to be high to know that you guys are freaked amazing
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I grew up with this music!! But now a days you can't turn the radio on without some bull crap coming on I love everything you do, and always will your songs helped me through so much
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Still Love these guys... May God's will be done....
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The year of mercy is almost over join the DivineWill or you won't make it through the trials that are coming
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One of the best bands of all time
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Creed are cheesy as hell, but in this case it's a good thing.
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I love Creed best songs ever
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Miss the wonderful concerts��
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Hey creed u sent a message to me I didn't mean to press the wrong thing can u sent it again
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I dedicate this song to my very. Special beautiful. Friend, ,,kk,
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Kiss your left hand and say the name of your crush. Close your hand and a day. Repost this on three different songs. Your crush will ask you out on the day you said
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Rock on Scott Stapp! Awsome...Gre a t e s t hits!
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Rock on CREED...
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Strait up rocking band
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Rock music is where the heart is!
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Creeds rocks amazing lyrics
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Best band EVER ESPECIALLY WHEN HIGH AND JUST STARTED SUMMER BREAK OR LEAVING FRIENDS FROM HIGH SCHOOL
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I really really like these guys❤️
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Love Creed
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Only radio I listen to on pandora. Best when high off drugs with a broken heart .
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Nice
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LOVE CREED!!!
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Creed u guys are so awesomr
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I will never grow up the drugs are better and music ihas diversity
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Awesome song
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Joe Geary it's creed
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Love creed
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Gotta love it baby
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I think Creed is the best when I first. Heard them in Texas there fucken bad ..������
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Arms wide open ��
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Creed was a great band wish they didn't break up
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Love this music!
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Amen Michael...
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I like creed and think it's good music
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I'm 16 years old gonna be 17 I DONT HAVE A BAD TASTE IN MUSIC LOL I grew up with this type of Bands like disturbed limp bizkit ect.... LOVE THIS SONG!
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We got love... And Jesus that's are strength.
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