Creed exploded on the national post-grunge scene in 1998 with their self-financed debut outing “My Own Prison.” The album netted them four Billboard chart-topping singles, including “One” and “What’s this Life For.” Two more hugely successful albums followed – 1999’s “Human Clay” and 2001’s “Weathered.” The band sold millions of albums worldwide and toured stadiums, arenas and the largest theaters around the globe.
Then in 2004, lead singer Scott Stapp disbanded Creed, leaving the remaining three band members to continue performing, less successfully, as Alter Bridge.
That was then, and this is now.
And the ‘now’ puts them right back in the spotlight. After a five-year hiatus, the band reunited last year with a reunion tour that brought them to SPAC last summer. That was followed by the release of their long-awaited fourth album, “Full Circle.”
Last week, Creed returned to SPAC, determined to prove that last summer’s comeback was no fluke.
With openers Skillet and Theft having warmed up the sold-out amphitheater, Stapp, guitarist Mark Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall and drummer Scott Phillips turned up the heat with their power-rockin’ riff-ridden anthems, mixing together a passionate blend of old (“What’s This Life For?,” “Torn” and encores “One Last Breath” and “Higher”) and new (“Suddenly,” “A Thousand Faces,” “Overcome”).
And it’s official – Creed is back.
Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
Deanna Amore’s review in The Saratogian