Scott Stapp Clarifies Stance on Desire for Creed Reunion
Creed frontman Scott Stapp has been vocal about his desire to reactivate the band and play and record again, but in a new interview with Rolling Stone he makes sure that it's known that he understands that there are other priorities at the moment.
Stapp says he does hold out hope for a reunion and states that relationships are better now than they have been, but he doesn't want to give the wrong impression about the band getting back together. As has been reported, Stapp crossed paths with Creed's Mark Tremonti and Scott Phillips completely by coincidence at the Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando earlier this year.
He explains, "We just ended up hanging out by the pool for like three hours, just talking and catching up with our families together. Right at that moment, the relationships began to have a new organic-ness. We've stayed in communication since then."
The vocalist adds, "I know that Mark and the guys have a lot going on, as well as I do. I don't want to make the same mistake I did in Billboard and give the wrong impression, but I definitely hope that when the time is right, and when our schedules make sense together, given the commitment that we already have, I do hope that we do get back in the studio and make another record. Our 20th anniversary is coming up in 2017. But we'll see. We'll see how it works."
Stapp recently announced plans for a late 2015/early 2016 "Proof of Life" World Tour. Dates can be found here.
Stapp's recovery from a 2014 public meltdown has kept him in the public eye as he's been appearing with his wife Jaclyn on the VH1 series Couples Therapy. The vocalist says he understands that there may be some people critical of his decision to show his recovery process as part of a TV show, but he adds, "Ultimately, we can't worry about making everyone happy and what everyone thinks. We had to do what we feel is right for our family. And we really felt, given the situation, and how publicly my breakdown was, that it made sense for us to start a journey of healing on the show."
The rocker reveals in the Rolling Stone interview that while reflecting on his life, he probably first started showing symptoms of his bipolar disorder in 1998, around the time the band was starting their rise to fame. Over the years, he's self-medicated, adding drugs and alcohol to the equation, and it wasn't until last year that he reached such extremes.
"I'm definitely taking steps every day to ensure that I stay healthy, to ensure I stay in the right mental frame of mind, and to ensure that I stay sober," says Stapp. "I'm actively in a 12-step program. I exercise and work out every day. I eat a healthy diet. And I absolutely go one day at a time, man."
To read more of the Rolling Stone interview, click here.
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