Creed – One Last Breath
Creed is an American rock band, formed in 1993 in Tallahassee, Florida. The band’s best-known line-up consists of lead vocalist Scott Stapp, guitarist and vocalist Mark Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall, and drummer Scott Phillips. Creed released two studio albums, My Own Prison in 1997 and Human Clay in 1999, before Marshall left the band in 2000 to be replaced by touring bassist Brett Hestla. The band’s third record, Weathered, was released in 2001 with Mark Tremonti handling bass before the band disbanded in 2004 due to increasing tension between members. Tremonti, Marshall, and Phillips went on to found Alter Bridge while Stapp followed a solo career, releasing The Great Divide in 2005. After years of speculation, Creed reunited in 2009 for a tour and new album called Full Circle, later touring again in 2012. Another album was planned, but has since been shelved, with the future of the band currently uncertain.
Becoming popular in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the band released three consecutive multi-platinum albums, one of which has been certified diamond. Creed has sold over 28 million records in the United States,and over 40 million albums worldwide,becoming the ninth best-selling artist of the 2000s. Creed is often recognized as one of the prominent acts of the post-grunge movement of the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Creed reconvened in late 2011 and early 2012 to begin work on what would be their fifth studio album. A tour was also announced in which the band would perform their first two albums, My Own Prison and Human Clay, from front to back over the course of two nights, with selected tracks from Weathered and Full Circle also featured. This tour kicked off with two shows on April 12 and 13, 2012, at the Chicago Theatre in Chicago, Illinois, with the band performing My Own Prison the first night and Human Clay the second. They also toured in South America and Indonesia. It was announced that lead singer Scott Stapp and lead guitarist Mark Tremonti would enter the studio to start recording new songs in June, but it would appear no progress was made during this time.
In October 2013, Stapp noted in an interview that extensive work was done on a fifth album throughout 2011 and 2012. However, the project was subsequently abandoned, with Stapp uncertain of the reasons. Stapp also hinted that the relationship between himself and Tremonti had once again broken down, leaving the future of the band uncertain.Stapp later revealed that Tremonti was dictating to him what he wants the band’s creative direction to be, and that unless Stapp agreed to his demands, the guitarist wouldn’t work with him.Despite these differences, Stapp has maintained that Creed is “still a band.” He also said that he’s open to continuing to work with Creed when the time is right and if everyone can agree to continue.In October 2014, Mark Tremonti said that the band has “no plans at the moment” to reform for another album or tour.
On November 26, 2014, Scott Stapp sent a video to his Facebook account stating he was “completely penniless” after mismanagement and financial trouble. Stapp’s testimonial came shortly after his estranged wife Jaclyn Stapp filed for divorce, claiming the singer has been using drugs, as well as sending her bizarre text messages.Tremonti subsequently posted a statement stating he was worried about Stapp and had attempted to contact him to no avail, but that he would keep trying
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