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Scott Stapp at Saint Andrew's Hall, 5 Things to Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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Scott Stapp is declaring a kind of victory with his upcoming album, "The Space Between Shadows."

The Creed singer has never hidden his mental health issues, which have led to drug addictions and a domestic violence arrest in 2007. A few years, after a psychotic breakdown, Stapp, 45, he revealed he's been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, which has helped him regain equilibrium and health.

But he's never stopped making music, either on his own or with the band Art of Anarchy (Creed has been dry-docked since 2012). "The Space Between Shadows" comes nearly six years after Stapp's last release, "Proof of Life," and takes stock of what the married father of three has learned through his travails and the past five years of sobriety...

• Stapp says by phone that he didn't start "The Space Between Shadows" with a theme or concept in mind. "I kind of go in with an open heart and just let things come out subconsciously through inspiration, kind of stream of consciousness. I think with that a theme did evolve because I had a lot inside of me, giving everything that has gone on in my life over the last six years. so there definitely is a thread that ties all the songs together based on those life experiences and reflecting on that."

• The main message Stapp is conveying on the album is "how to overcome and get to the other side of the most difficult situations and challenges in my life and find a purpose within it, really seeking to not just wake up every day with the idea of 'OK, I’ve got to fight this, and it's all about me.' It's really about getting outside of my own head and saying, 'OK, when I get to the other side of this situation I will have learned something, and that's something I can use to help somebody going through a similar situation. So that became a purpose for me, gave me hope and helped motivate me so it wasn't all just about me. I think a lot of people are out there suffering in silence; That's something I did for many, many, many years. Hopefully I can help encourage them to talk about it and seek help."

• One of the new tracks, "Gone Too Soon," was partly inspired by the deaths of fellow rockers Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington, which Stapp says weighed heavy on him during the past couple of years. "First of all, just as a human being my heart broke for their wives and for their children. I had that very human response of just sorrow. And then it went a step further into self-reflection -- Man, that easily could've been my path, and on some occasions it almost was my path. It reminded me of where my life would go if I went back and returned to the life I led before."

• This year marks 20 years since Creed's 11-times platinum "Human Clay" album and 10 since its last release, "Full Circle." Stapp says that, "They feel like different seasons of my life, but not a different person. Those were both amazing experiences in my life, the writing and recording and creating of all the Creed records. That's something that is a part of me and the reason why I still have a career today. So I'm very proud of all of that."

• Creed remains on hold while Stapp pursues his solo career and the other members work in the band Alter Bridge. Stapp acknowledges that "there's always rumors flying around" about a reunion but adds that "everything's positive between the guys. We're all in a good space and in a good space with each other. I'm just right now focused on my new record and touring the world with my new record. If there's ever any new announcements about anything involving Creed we'll make sure to let the fans and the public know."

Scott Stapp performs Thursday, June 27, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors at 7 p.m. $28. 313-961-6358 or saintandrewsdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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