Creed gave credence to their own existence as a band in the 90s with hits such as “Higher” and “With Arms Wide Open.” And then it seemed they disappeared. But they are back with their new album Full Circle.
The band, once divided, pulled back together last year and began touring in August. To support their new album, plans to begin a World Tour in March 2010 followed with another US tour are in the works.
The band Creed was started by Scott Stapp and Mark Tremonti after recruiting Brian Marshall and Scott Phillips in 1995. Selling 26 million records in the United States alone and three multi-platinum albums, the group disbanded in 2004. Before the break-up, the group started off its success with their album “My Own Prison” topping charts with the song “My Own Prison.” This was followed in 1999 by their second successful album “Human Clay”. The album’s hit “Higher” put it on Billboard 200′s album chart as number one. What was once a rock band crossed over onto pop radio and Creed soon became a household name.
Stapp, who wrote the song Higher said it was about a reoccurring nightmare where he was being pursued and killed by a gunman. Studying lucid dreaming, he was able to escape the reoccurring dream and by finding himself escaping the gunman. Shortly after, he sat down and wrote the lyrics to the song that took them higher than they imagined on the charts.
Other album hit “With Arms Wide Open” was also written by Stapp for personal reasons. When discovering he was going to become a father, he sat down and wrote the lyrics to the song. After it became a success, he released the limited edition single with profits befitting his Scott Stapp’s With Arms Wide Open Foundation to promote healthy, loving relationships between children and their families.
In the midst of their success, Brian Marshall quit the band and Brett Hestla took over finishing the Human Clay tour and subsequent tours. In fall of 2001 Creed Released their third album “Weathered” with the hit “My Sacrifice.” The song hit number four on Billboards Hot 100 and topped Mainstream Rock Tracks for nine consecutive weeks.
On June 4, 2004, Creed officially announced their break-up. Stapp went on to record his own album solo with Roadrunner Records. The album “The Great Divide” was said to be inspired by Mel Gibson’s film The Passion of the Christ. Other’s feel the lyrics make reference to the breakup of the band. The Great Divide failed to sell as well as Creed’s previous albums.
After pressure to reunite, on April 27, Creed’s website announced the band’s reunion tour and plans for a new album. Scott Stapp commented in People Magazine that the reunion was more like a rebirth as the band never felt ‘together’. He added them he and guitarist Tremonti reconnected, thanks to the Champs Sports Bowl, according to Rolling Stone. All four original members said they sat down in a meeting, their first since 2000. After making amends, the group recorded the album, “Full Circle” in Nashville during June and July 2009. Stapp said the album name is also a name on the track, which he says “It really defines and articulates, melody-wise and lyrically, what’s happened with us. We’ve come full circle and it’s a great place to be.”
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