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SCOTT STAPP: "I Think The Best Is Yet To Come For CREED"

"Not to sound cliché, but I think the best is yet to come for Creed."

Creed Reunited 2023

In a recent interview on SiriusXM's Trunk Nation with Eddie Trunk (transcribed by Blabbermouth), Creed frontman Scott Stapp hinted at the possibility of new music from the post-grunge legends. Buoyed by the overwhelmingly positive response to their reunion and newfound creative energy, Stapp seems optimistic about the band's future.

"Well, it's not surprising in the context of I knew that there was a new generation of Creed fans being born, and then also the fans from the past were re-engaging with Creed because of everything that was going viral. It started in late 2020, then in 2021, 2022, and 2023, between TikTok and Instagram and YouTube, and all the social media platforms, we just started having this resurgence. And it was shocking at first 'cause I was, like, it came out of nowhere, but to see the reception and to see that there was so much love out there for the band… I expected a positive reaction and a positive reception, but I didn't know it was gonna be like this. I had no idea."

But nostalgia isn't the only fuel for this creative fire. Stapp revealed that he and guitarist Mark Tremonti recently spent some "secret" time together, suggesting that songwriting is already underway.

"Well, yeah, Mark and I were together a couple of days ago doing some secret, secret thing I can't share, but we were hanging out for a couple of days. And as we were hanging out, we just began talking about how we wrote Human Clay. And we wrote Human Clay while on the road touring My Own Prison. And we wrote it during soundchecks — 80, 90 percent of that record was written on stage during soundcheck. And you know what we'd do? We'd write a song and we'd get it tight and play it within three or four days of writing it because we didn't have enough material with just that one record to be a headliner, but we were headlining shows."

Stapp remembered how the band wrote several songs during their Full Circle tour, and that the experience left them feeling refreshed and ready to push boundaries, hinting that might happen once again.

"So we didn't wanna fill our set with covers, so we were writing on the fly and just playing new songs as we wrote them. And so we were talking, like, 'You know what? That was a really good experience.' Those were good times and both of us connected. And I could see in his eye, and I was feeling it too, that I think there's gonna be some writing happening, and it's gonna be organic.

"And I think it's gonna be beautiful, man. If we get back to that place and that chemistry, which I think we're gonna fall right back into once we start playing these songs together and we reconnect, through our relationships, through the songs that we created together, I think it's only natural for us that during soundchecks, sometimes in the dressing room, wherever and whenever we're together, that songs are gonna be born.

"I mean, it happened on the Full Circle tour. We wrote a bunch of songs during soundcheck during that tour, and so we're sitting on those. But I think we're all in a fresh space and I definitely think the creative juices are gonna flow. And so I definitely think there's hope for some new music."

When asked whether this reunion will turn into an opportunity for the band to keep going, or just an opportunity to reconnect after a decade, Stapp remained cautious but hopes for a potentially longer comeback.

"Well, it's evolved. I'll be honest with you — initially I was taking it, like, 'All right, let's do the cruises, and then let's kind of see what happens from there.' But the reception was so incredible, and, like I explained before, everything that was going on viral, the tour just got presented to us and we couldn't say no, especially with the positive interaction that was happening with the band behind the scenes."

"I really am hoping that all this positive energy and positive mindset and just collective mindset that this is something that we finally need to really cherish and nurture and really give our fans what they want, and that it actually benefits everything else we're doing as well. There's definitely been some dialogue and some conversations about this being something that continues.

"But again, there's still a little bit of that 'let's see how it goes' kind of deal. So I think part of us are in the moment, the excitement of this, 'Let's make this something we do all the time,' and then the other half of us is, 'All right. Well, let's see how it goes.' So with both of those head spaces kind of living together, I think that's a positive recipe. So if everyone just shows up with that right attitude, I think — not to sound cliché, but it is cliché — I think the best is yet to come for Creed."

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