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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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Hey hackers for what it's worth it would still be down to exchange a few words if or when it ever crosses your mind but no rush! I know this s**t hurts been there! Sorry for real!
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When Scott shaved his hair off, he became a truly born again christian and had been truly saved by God almighty.
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Scott used to have long hair, but he shaved it all off as a sign of change and because God told him to, man the power of God is something else, now he's a great christian man.
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St app was at one time a great songwriter and front man singet! But his fame and problem"a with substance abuse proved to be his own worst enemy ! His fame was his worst enemy , having tubes shoved in his throat from drug overdoses damaged Stapps vocal cords and when failing as a solo artist and getting back with friend and classmate Tremonti wasn't enough to overcome his damaged voice and "Creed" once a band that rose from the ashes of a local Florida band could never be what they once was ?
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Ok so all you smart people that decides to post:Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. you are stupid because why post crap like that no one is supposed to read.And all you desperate people that actually posts that crap to 15 songs are puddle brains.In fact all of you are puddle brains and desperate.Th a n k you I rest my case and if anyone wants to cuss me out I DO NOT CARE!!!!! Haters are gonna hate and i don't care about what you think.
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sometime.
david...
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Love this
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My balls itch
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Man, I miss them!!!!!:'(
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One! Feel it everyone! Dig it! Especially right now before this election, and coming up on Veterans Day.
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Dont read this you will be kissed on the nearest possible friday by the love of your life now that you've started this dont stop!! This is so freaky but if you read this and ignore you will have verry bad luck put this on 15 songs! You have 143 minutes when you're done press on the space bar and your crushes name will appear on the screen this is so freaky it actually works {better work, im TIRED of being alone}
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Fav song <3
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With arms wide open ....
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meiluj80
This song is epic. So moving. He was going through a rough time maybe it was during this time period..
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Please Take Me Higher
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Take Me Higher!!!!!! ! ! ! XXXXOOOOOO
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of ur life. Don't stop this is freaky! But if u read and ignore this you will have bad luck. Put this in 15 different songs in 143 minutes. When you are done press the space bar. Your crushes name will appear on the screen it is so creepy but it works
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My Own Prison. Love this song. Live be this song. God's grace is sufficient.. . .
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Haven't heard this song in ages! OMG Still Love It!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! And them Creed is Amazing AWESOME BAND!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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@eagleghostr i d e r 1 9 8 5 The comment about your dad cranking Creed is awesome! Rock on!!!
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yedidaadvanc e d
Let's find peace there
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Good song
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robnsteph77
Great music
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Commandment: 1 : Thou shall have no other Gods before me.
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I finally understand the album cover, that's supposed to be Adam, being born of clay, like it says in genesis.
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Been Listening to Creed since I was 6 years old, my dad used to crank it up in his VW TDI Jetta Station Wagon taking me to school, so I've got some fond memories with Creed.
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I've been a fan of creed for a long time great band
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I am f***** weathered!!! ! ! ! ! ! Great one!
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Luv u guys,luv your music,esp. Arms wide open an How YouRemind Me!!!
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Don't read this you will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Now that you have started reading this don't stop this is so freaky. But if you read this and ignore it you will have bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 144 minutes. When you're done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so freaky it actually works
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Creed is the best singer ever I love my sacrifice one last breath and arms wide open CREED CREED CREED CREED�������
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Don't read this or you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by your crush. But if you ignore you will have bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in the next 143 mins. When done press space bar and your crushes name will be on the screen this actually works.
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maybe there is some things that you cant bring back because this is one of the greatest bands of all times
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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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