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Scott Stapp at MichiganLottery Amphitheatre, 5 Things To Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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Scott Stapp is an appropriate headliner for this summer’s Make America Rock Again tour. He’s been making America, and the rest of the world, rock for nearly 25 years now.

Stapp, 44, came to fame as the frontman for the multi-platinum hard rock band Creed during the mid-90s and has released two solo albums and published a frank memoir about his life, music and battles with substances and psychological demons. With Creed dormant now he’s also joined the all-star Art Of Anarchy, taking over for the late Scott Weiland.

These days the father of three is healthy and happy and charged about doing more work. And, of course, making the world rock...again.

• The Make America Rock Again tour gives Stapp a chance to play larger venues as a headliner, an opportunity he welcomes. “It thought it would be a cool tour,” he explains by phone from his home in Franklin, Tenn. “I was definitely looking to do a summer tour, whether that be just a solo headlining tour or jump on some festival. So it just came at the right time and it was definitely cool, man. I appreciated it and definitely like the (headlining) spot. I’ll be playing all the Creed hits, songs that fans know and are familiar with.”

• Stapp is confident that appropriating President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan does not put any sort of political spin on the tour, however. “It’s a non-political oriented tour,” he says. “No one affiliated with this tour is trying to promote or stamp or get behind any political party or make a political statement. I just think it was a catchy slogan that the whole world, definitely the United States, heard so much through the election and whatnot. I think the founders and the promoters of the tour thought it would be funny to grab a slogan and put ‘rock’ in there. It is just a rock festival, man.”

• Stapp joined Art of Anarchy in 2016 and sang on the group’s second album, “The Madness,” which came out in March. “We just got off tour and had a good run and things are going well,” Stapp says of the band. “We’re enjoying playing and the fans are responding well to the album and the music. I think we all entered the project knowing that it would have to work around our other projects, so we’ll see when the next available opportunity is for us to get together and to get out there and continue to promote the record. I think we have a long-term approach to Art of Anarchy; We’re just gonna continue to tour when we can and continue to promote the record around our other projects.

• Stapp plans to being writing and recording his third solo album later this year. “I’m a rock artist at my core, man,” he says. “I’m definitely experimenting with some new things on this next record and kind of going in some places that I’ve never gone before. But it’s a little too early to really kind of talk about fully the direction that the record is going. I’m still in the initial idea phase and just got these bits and pieces of things that I’ll further develop when I get off the road. And I’ll be able to speak more to that.”

• After struggling with his own psychological issues in recent years, the deaths of Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell and Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington hit Stapp “hard,” but he’s hopeful that they’ll also “start a conversation and people will begin to talk about the seriousness of mental health issues and begin to develop some more compassion and understanding and be more sympathetic when they see someone who is suffering with something that is making them act or behave out of character, or if they see a friend or family member who is starting to slip into a depression, they’ll react and be there for them and hopefully be there to help them get the help that they need to stay alive and return to themselves. There’s still a tremendous amount of stigma out there, and judgment and just ignorance and lack of understanding. We need to get past that so there are less deaths and better roads to recovery.”

If You Go

• Make America Rock Again with Scott Stapp, Drowning Pool, Sick Puppies, Trapt and Adelitas Way

• 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27.

• Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill. 14900 Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights.

• Tickets are $20-$49.50 pavilion. $20 lawn. Call 248-377-0100 or visit palacenet.com.

Web Site: www.palacenet.com

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