Creed Frontman On Their Critics: 'Rock Magazines Have Been Wrong

Creed will be heading out a very special U.S. tour where the band will be performing their blockbuster albums "My Own Prison" and "Human Clay".

Creed Frontman On Their Critics: 'Rock Magazines Have Been Wrong
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This coming April, Creed will be heading out a very special U.S. tour where the band will be performing their blockbuster albums "My Own Prison" [1997] and "Human Clay" [1999] in their entirety along with other assorted hits from their catalog. "It feels really nice to be able to play these songs in order, the way we always meant them to be heard," Creed frontman Scott Stapp tells Noisecreep. To date, the Florida-based band has sold over 40 million albums worldwide. "This is going to be a really busy year for Creed. Besides this tour, we're currently writing our fifth album. We hope to have some new music out there during some point on the tour. I'm also working on my book. It's going to honestly share all of the experiences that I've gone through so far. It's also going to clear up some things that were out there about me, but that's definitely not the focus of the book," reveals Stapp. Turn on the big rock station in any major U.S. city, and you're bound to hear Creed's influence in most of the artists sitting on its playlist. Whether it's Shinedown or Theory Of A Deadman, there's no denying that Creed have made an impact. Noisecreep asked Stapp if he's aware of the group's influence on today's radio heroes: "Yeah, I hear it all the time, but I'm glad about that. I'm honored and it's nice to see that we made an impact. From a guitar standpoint, I think we were much more metal-influenced than a lot of the other bands that were on the radio when we first came out. I also think the way we combined our influences was easily digestible. It connected with a lot of people. "It gave a lot of kids out there hope that they too could start a band and do this. It helped change the landscape and the vibe of what rock 'n' roll was like back in the late '90s. Creed's success also helped launch Christian Rock radio and what's going on in that world these days. I know people like to call our music 'post-grunge', but I really do hope that someone figures out a better name for it, because it deserves much more than that." Since forming in 1995, Creed have never had it easy with the rock literati, but Stapp isn't sweating it: "If you look back at rock 'n' roll history, it's not the first time that Rolling Stone magazine hasn't embraced a band that over time still connects with millions of people. Just look at Led Zeppelin. Now, I'm not saying that we're in any way in the same league as Led Zeppelin, but the people at Rolling Stone weren't kind to them either back in the day. Rock magazines have been wrong before. "We're also not the first band that has had big success to feel a backlash from the press. It happens in every area of life. Creed was going against the mainstream, but then we became the mainstream. But I'm at peace with the critics and all of that kind of stuff." Since we were chatting with Stapp, we asked the singer what his thoughts were on the recent passing of record mogul Alan Meltzer. A co-founder of Wind-Up Records, the label that helped put Creed on the map, Meltzer died on Halloween of last year, and left one million dollars to his chauffeur and another $500,000 to his doorman. "Yeah, I read that. I'm going to talk a lot about Alan in my book, and really dive into the dynamic between Creed and the label. There's a lot of history there. All I have to say about it right now is God rest his soul and I'll leave it at that." Creed on tour: 04/13 - Chicago Theatre (Chicago, IL) - Creed performs "My Own Prison"* 04/14 - Chicago Theatre (Chicago, IL) - Creed performs "Human Clay"* 04/16 - Tower Theatre (Philadelphia, PA) - Creed performs "My Own Prison"* 04/17 - Tower Theatre (Philadelphia, PA) - Creed performs "Human Clay"* 04/19 - Beacon Theatre (New York, NY) - Creed performs "My Own Prison"* 04/20 - Beacon Theatre (New York, NY) - Creed performs "Human Clay"* 04/21 - Mohegan Sun (Uncasville, CT) - Creed performs "Human Clay" 04/24 - Warner Theatre (Washington DC) - Creed performs "Human Clay" 04/27 - Orpheum Theatre (Boston, MA) - Creed performs "Human Clay"* 04/30 - Verizon Wireless Theatre (Houston, TX) - Creed performs "My Own Prison"* 05/01 - Verizon Wireless Theatre (Houston, TX) - Creed performs "Human Clay"* 05/02 - Verizon Theater (Grand Prairie, TX) - Creed performs "Human Clay" 05/05 - Ruth Eckerd Hall (Clearwater, FL) - Creed performs "Human Clay" 05/09 - Comerica Theatre (Phoenix, AZ) - Creed performs "Human Clay" 05/11 - The Pearl (Las Vegas, NV) - Creed performs "Human Clay" 05/12 - Fantasy Springs (Indio, CA) - Creed performs "Human Clay" 05/15 - Wiltern Theatre (Los Angeles, CA) - Creed performs "Human Clay" 05/19 - Paramount (Denver, CO) - Creed performs "Human Clay" 05/21 - Midland Theatre (Kansas City, MO) - Creed performs "My Own Prison" 05/22 - Midland Theatre (Kansas City, MO) - Creed performs "Human Clay" 05/31 - The Filmore (Detroit, MI) - Creed performs "Human Clay" Thanks for the report to Noisecreep.com.

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    Eifler121
    Opinion's of Creed aside, Rolling Stone is a God-awful publication. They gave Eddie Vedder's Ukelele songs a lower review than a Ke$ha album, they said that Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan defined the 2000's, that Black Hole Sun could never be a popular single, and that Soundgarden's music was too Beatles influenced.
    Jugulator_cro
    Eifler121 wrote: Opinion's of Creed aside, Rolling Stone is a God-awful publication. They gave Eddie Vedder's Ukelele songs a lower review than a Ke$ha album, they said that Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan defined the 2000's, that Black Hole Sun could never be a popular single, and that Soundgarden's music was too Beatles influenced.
    Also they gave a The Number Of The Beast a bad review, but are sure to have their "journalists" in every Iron Maiden documentary.
    westley23j
    I loved Creed when they first came out and i still listen to My Own Prison from time to time. Once they started getting really popular, just like everyone else, i got annoyed and dropped em like a bad habit. Once you get older though, i would imagine that alot of people stop hating on a band just because the masses do, and enjoy them if they write some good music---which Creed does.
    Breakingpoint56
    i_am_metalhead wrote: Face it: They suck. You're just butt hurt that you're the only person alive that likes them. They aren't a "popular band to hate on", they're just terrible so everyone hates them. No, you don't have to be "groundbreaking" or start a new genre to be good, but you can at least attempt to write songs that don't contain cheesy, watered-down riffs that make you sound EXACTLY the same as every other modern rock band out there. And Scott has it right, the rock magazines do have it wrong - they've been giving the band more praise than they deserve.
    Obvious bandwagoner is obvious. Guess those 40 million in album sales were all from me. They aren't a terrible band, they write good, melodic music and if they suck so much I guess its why they got record deals to play sold out shows. Cause they suck. You know what sucks? Your argument of Creed sucking. I know Creed when I hear Creed so I'd say they have their own sound. Tremonti uses crossover writing. How many acts out their actively use fingerstyle in their songs and actually pull it off and make it sound cohesive? At least attempt to write a decent argument that doesn't contain cheesy, watered-down regurgitations of every other hater out there. Creeds got talent. If you had an ounce of it you'd be sharing the stage with them. Period.
    Ghostmaker
    Creed has some great songs, Tremonti is a beast guitarist, and are overall they are among the best "post-grunge" bands, in my opinion. Too bad so many people judge them by their frontman's attitude from a decade ago. Congrats, the horse has been beaten firmly into the ground.
    p_a_morgan
    Redfinton22 wrote: I saaaaaid YASSSEAAHHHHH
    ^ I'm a Creed fan, but those 'Creed Shreds' videos are gold!
    jhart08
    I take it I'm the only one on here who doesn't hate creed? There's a lot more worse things happening in music today than creed.
    shreducator
    To date, the Florida-based band has sold over 40 million albums worldwide.
    Wait a minute... I thought everyone hated Creed? n00bs.
    p_a_morgan
    I think it's safe to say that people (the ones who actually know what they're talking about) can appreciate the guitar chops of Mark Tremonti. While I haven't seen anyone mention Scott Phillips or Brian Marshall, it's a fact that those two are undeniably good at what they do, as well. I think Scott Stapp is the target of all of the hatred here. Sure, the guy got hammered drunk on national television a few times, has a similar voice to Eddie Vedder, and put out a fairly crappy solo record...but who cares? There are worse singers than Stapp and he's not truly the monster that people make him out to be. If you like Creed, you like Creed. If you don't, then just don't listen to it. Nothing grinds my gears more than seeing some newfag on a forum saying "lol alter bridge iz a bettr band dey haz solos lol myles kennedy iz da best singar evar lol" When, in truth, 90% of those people have only heard Creed's 'Higher,' 'With Arms Wide Open,' and possibly 'Rain' from their previous record. Between Creed's four releases, there have been some radio friendly, pop-sounding songs, sure, but there has also been quite a lot of heavy tracks on those albums. Take a moment to listen before slamming a band because you saw someone else do it. That's all I ask. The ignorant hate just irks me to no end.
    butlerc777
    fede01_8 wrote: i don't want to live in a world wher Creed has influence on musicians...
    I dunno, I'm pretty happy to have Shinedown around...
    slaveskinJACKET wrote: What are they talking about Creed having an influence on rock music? They didn't bring anything original. How could they have had a substantial influence on them? Even if someone thought they had been influenced by Creed, it would have been more like Pearl Jam, etc., influencing them vicariously through Creed.
    ...and really, EVERY band now has a long list of bands that have influenced them, which influenced them, which influenced them "vicariously through...", and so on. Seriously, you might as well say, "NO THE BEATLES INFLUENCED MUSIC MORE." Well, duh. Creed took the grunge music of the day (yes, including Pearl Jam) and became one of the front-running bands of the post-grunge scene, one which actually appealed to a massive audience. I don't even like Creed very much, but you have to give some credit where it's due.
    jordo246
    Travisl93 wrote: Ok Creed is WAY better than any piece of shit grunge band it died when Cobain did us a favor and blew his brains out. P.S. Pearl Jam & Alice in Chains ARE NOT GRUNGE BANDS! A retard could figure that out listen to Man in a Box or Them Bones thats metal you guys are like 70s punks in the UK saying AC/DC was punk so they could actually have a good band labeled punk it failed for the punks and DEFINITELY failed for you guys that's why Dave Grohl has more money from the Foo Fighters than pos band BANGana (For all you slow people which is every grunge fan i'm making fun of nirvana and kurt cobain). Fuck grunge, **** grunge fans, go follow in your "leader's" footsteps and do us a favor thank you
    You fail so hard it's unbelievable
    p_a_morgan
    I also want to clarify that I'm a loyal fan to both Creed and Alter Bridge, own all three AB releases and all four Creed albums. (Actually bought them, kthx) and I enjoy the work of both groups. Being a fan of Creed and The Mayfield Four turned me on to AB when 'One Day Remains' came out, so I've followed AB since it's inception. I'm in no way taking anything away from Alter Bridge, in case I came off that way in my last comment.
    Breakingpoint56
    Creed is just another band that is popular to hate on and yeah I think Scott can be a little full of himself but he's up there living his dream and for those who aspire to do the same are jealous its not them. Everyone thinks they have something to offer and even if its not the freshest, its music that wasn't there before and just because you don't write groundbreaking music doesn't mean you're not influential How would people be able to say that Beatles and Led Zeppelin was everybody's influences (because they changed things and were only the ones that deserved citing) when their music shows no semblance of it? Its time to just accept that a new generation has taken the place of the old in terms of influence and move on. Mark Tremonti has become a favorite guitarist over the past couple years so hating on Creed because of Stapp is ignorance. Nobody is required to like all the same music but you can tell who the bandwagoners are who like to sit and hate all day. Time to grow up kiddies.
    DiaryOfJane
    Jeez so much hate towards Creed... I don't think they are too bad. I'll go hide under my rock now.
    Logan_B
    slaveskinJACKET wrote: What are they talking about Creed having an influence on rock music? They didn't bring anything original. How could they have had a substantial influence on them? Even if someone thought they had been influenced by Creed, it would have been more like Pearl Jam, etc., influencing them vicariously through Creed.
    You sir, have no musical sense at all. Mark Tremonti (Creed's guitarist, since Im assuming you're just as dumb as you sound) is a guitarist that really thinks outside of the box. And I see no similarities in Tremonti's guitar style to anything out there. Scott Stapp is a good singer, who cares if he has or used to have a big ego. I mean come on, he's not ****in Axel Rose or some shit. This band is AAA and definitely one of the defining artists of 90's and 2000's rock.
    rhs5110
    Seriously these guys aren't that bad id pick them any day over lil wayne or daughtery or katy perry
    drying out
    I will never fully understand the hatred for Creed. Imo My own Prison was an amazing album and the follow up was very decent. Their last album however was not too good. I think Mark took too much off Alter Bridge with him over to that record. Now don't get me wrong, I absolutely love Alter Bridge, but Creed is a whole different thing and I hope they don't blend it together again for the next record.
    AnnihilationUK
    "I know people like to call our music 'post-grunge', but I really do hope that someone figures out a better name for it" There is a name - Awful Music.
    jdwilson223
    Eifler121 wrote: Opinion's of Creed aside, Rolling Stone is a God-awful publication. They gave Eddie Vedder's Ukelele songs a lower review than a Ke$ha album, they said that Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan defined the 2000's, that Black Hole Sun could never be a popular single, and that Soundgarden's music was too Beatles influenced.
    And if i remember correctly, they also trashed almost every Led Zeppelin album when they were released.
    getthefloydout
    I have no problem with Creed. Is it a little poppy? Yes. But does Tremonti come up with some prety sweet riffs? Absolutely. I think people just can't let go of Stapp's jackassery, and maybe the Christian lyrics steep some people away.
    Vauxite
    It's a shame because the band themselves are a great talent, just listen to Alter Bridge. All three of their albums are phenomanol. Scott Stapp ruins Creed.
    AlvinX13
    Ok so i personally love creed and they are a big influence on me as a musician honestly scott is one of me favorite vocalists and mark tremonti is a great guitarist
    Ghostmaker
    Everyone is entitled to their opinion on whether or not Creed's music is good. But you obviously haven't actually listened to Creed, or are judging them by one song, if you think they are a cookie-cutter ripoff of every other post-grunge band or that they don't have an original sound. Listen to songs like My Sacrifice, Hide, Higher, One Last Breath, Overcome, and Bullets (though even I'll admit Bullets has a godawful music video).
    Voldragon
    I love Alter Bridge to death, incredible stuff going on there. That lead me to go back to listen to Creed. While I struggle with the majority of it, they have some stellar songs, Bullets comes to mind just off the cuff. Don't think they deserve the hate they get. Music's preference after all. Ultimately, people like different things. Can't really complain about the music. Although on a personality basis I can't say I'm a big fan of Stapp, I still see alot of arrogance in so much I see come from him.
    alestorm666
    They're not that bad, they just don't deserve to be a multi-million selling band.
    iommi600
    "Creed frontman Scott Stapp" you mean Eddie Vedder wannabe? and poor silly guys... who said the critics hate them? I HATE THEM.
    Scourge441
    From a guitar standpoint, I think we were much more metal-influenced than a lot of the other bands that were on the radio when we first came out.
    Not really. More metal than Blink-182 or Green Day, sure, but there's really no metal to be found in Creed's sound, except maybe for some residual Alice in Chains influence. Keep in mind that Korn and other nu-metal was on the radio around the same time. I wouldn't call those bands metal either, but they're more metal than Creed.