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Interview:
Creed singer steps out on his own
 

By GARY GRAFF
of the Oakland Press

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Creed frontman Scott Stapp says his solo acoustic shows are more than just a multiplatinum rocker playing a bunch of songs in a quieter setting.

“It really strips the material down to its roots and really presents the song at its core and the way it was written,” explains Stapp, 37, who’s sold an estimated 35 million albums worldwide with Creed. “It frees me up to be able to talk about the songs and what was going on when the songs were being written. Something magical happens when I play them this way.

“And most of these songs mean so much more to me now, 12 or 15 years later, because of just living life and having experiences, good and bad, which I didn’t have as a 23- or 22-year-old. So the songs are really getting delivered from a place of passion and real-life experience and a real understanding of the deeper meanings of the songs.”

Stapp will also introduce some new material slated for his second solo album, tentatively titled “Somewhere in the Middle of Lust and Love,” which he hopes to release before the end of this year. He’s also “about 100 pages in” on an autobiography, “Exposed and Released: The Confessions of Scott Stapp,” with co-author David Ritz, which should be out in 2012. In it, he takes stock of his strict religious upbringing and his battles with substance abuse as well as his music career.

And, the Florida resident promises, “There’s definitely Creed stuff on the horizon” even as he works on his own projects and his three bandmates are working with their other band, Alter Bridge, after reuniting in 2009.

“Everyone’s off doing their own thing right now,” Stapp says, “but there’ll be work going on on that project while we’re doing work on these other things. (The reunion) was once just a one-time thing, but now everybody wants to do it again, and I do, too, so it’s all good.”



Scott Stapp performs at 8 p.m. Friday, April 8, at Sound Board in the MotorCity Casino-Hotel, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $40 and $37. Call 313-237-7711 or visit www.motorcitycasino.com.

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