Putting bloated egos & bad feelings aside, Creed is ready to rock
There was a moment about a decade ago when Creed became the biggest rock 'n' roll band in America.
From 1999 to 2001 lead singer Scott Stapp, guitarist Mark Tremonti and the rest of Creed turned everything they touched into lyrical gold. Multi-million selling albums like Human Clay (1999) and Weathered (2001) coughed up top 10 hits like alley cats spew out hair balls.
"Higher," "With Arms Wide Open," My Sacrifice:" Turns out social apocalypse at the start of the new millennium wasn't mass destruction due to technology gridlock. It was simply radio listeners being driven batty by the frequency and repetition as Creed songs were played on FM radio. They were more prevalent than Geico commercials.
The group quickly sold 35 million albums and sold out arenas and amphitheaters across the country.
It was all going swimmingly until Stapp developed a bit of a narcissistic Christ complex (along with what appeared to be a penchant for late night "over-partying"). It was eerie the way he would stand in a pronounced pose resembling a crucifix while fans below the stage worshipped at his feet.
This sort of self-idolatry worked as theatrics on stage. It's when Stapp started believing his own press that Creed collapsed in a supernova of bloated egos and bad feelings.
Just as they were on the cusp of joining U2 on the new millennium super-duper star rock n' roll pedestal ..it was over.
Stapp moved on to a solo career. The rest of the band essentially stayed together, but brought on a new lead singer to become Alter Bridge (after this, it didn't take a hard-nosed reporter to figure out who the problem child was in Creed).
For the last five years it's been very difficult to find any members of Creed on the radio, especially in any of these new incarnations.
Stapp has now gotten over his Christ Complex, ironically, just as Creed has been resurrected.
Apparently tired of riding the bus and busking for change, the members put aside their differences and released a new Creed album, Full Circle, last year that took them to No. 2 on the Billboard 200 album charts.
Creed's time as rock gods is over. You can't take five years off and expect to ever be on top again. But Full Circle is an album past fans should love. Combined with the old hits, maturity and better band chemistry, it wouldn't surprise me if this is the best version of Creed to ever play Houston.
Creed, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion