Creed Call It Quits

Florida rockers break up after a decade

June 4, 2004 12:00 AM ET
Creed, one of the most successful of the late Nineties post-grunge bands, have decided to break up after nine years together.

"It's kind of sad to end a chapter of your life, but it's also exciting starting a new one," guitarist Mark Tremonti said. "We'll always be proud of the music we made with Creed." Added singer Scott Stapp, "Creed was one of the most amazing journeys through music and friendship I am blessed to say I was a part of."

Stapp and Tremonti were friends in Tallahassee, Florida, who began writing songs together in the mid-Nineties. They enlisted bassist Brian Marshall and drummer Scott Phillips, and gave the band the name Creed in 1995. Stapp is the son of a Pentecostal minister, and, because of the spiritual bent to the band's lyrics, Creed were sometimes tagged a Christian rock act, a label that never quite sat right with the band.

But the debate mattered little to fans. The group released its debut, My Own Prison, on independent Wind-Up Records in 1997, and the record went on to sell more than 4 million copies. The band's follow-up, 1999's Human Clay, was an even bigger success, topping 11 million copies sold, and paving the way for a third smash, 2002's Weathered, which has sold more than 6 million to date.

Tremonti, Phillips and Marshall have teamed with Mayfield Four singer-songwriter Myles Kennedy to form Alter Bridge. The new band will release its debut album, One Day Remains, on August 10th. Stapp has also been busy writing and recording. He'll contribute a new solo track to an August 31st compilation of songs inspired by the film The Passion of the Christ, and he also plans to work with Canadian band the Tea Party on a full-length album.

A Creed compilation is scheduled for release later this year.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Madame George”

Van Morrison | 1968

One of the first stream-of-consciousness epics to make it onto a Van Morrison record, his drawn-out farewell to the eccentric "Madame George" lasted nearly 10 minutes, combining ingredients from folk, jazz and classical music. The character that gave the song its title provoked speculation that it was about a drag queen, though Morrison denied this in Rolling Stone. "If you see it as a male or a female or whatever, it's your trip," he remarked. "I see it as a ... a Swiss cheese sandwich. Something like that."

More Song Stories entries »