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Creed Fans Sue Band Over Show

Four concert-goers seeking reimbursement for tickets to aborted Chicago gig

April 23, 2003 12:00 AM ET

Four Creed fans have filed suit against the band, its management and Ticketmaster over a December 29th show at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, during which they claim singer Scott Stapp was clearly off his game. The fans are asking for reimbursement for their four tickets ($227) and parking fees and have also asked the judge to consider a class action suit that could cost the group upwards of $2 million, according to documents filed in the Cook County Circuit Court on Tuesday.

In the suit, the fans -- Philip and Linda Berenz, and Wendy and Chad Costino -- say that Stapp was, "so intoxicated and/or medicated" during the show that he was unable to sing the lyrics of a single Creed song, which they believe is equal to the show being canceled. The suit also claims that "Stapp left the stage on several occasions during songs for long periods of time, rolled around on the floor of the stage in apparent pain or distress, and appeared to pass out while on stage during the performance."

The request to certify a class action against the group would allow the approximately 15,000 attendees of the show to also get refunds for their tickets, according to the suit. The band did not offer a refund on the tickets, but did issue an apology to fans in January, which read, "The band has heard that you are unhappy with the quality of the recent Creed show in Chicago. We apologize if you don't feel that the show was up to the very high standards set by our previous shows in Chicago . . . There has been much concern about Scott's health, and we want to assure everyone that he is doing very well and is taking a much needed break at home in Orlando."

Oddly, the note made no apologies for Stapp's condition, instead hyping it as a one-of-a-kind rock moment. "For now we hope that you can take some solace in the fact that you definitely experienced the most unique of all Creed shows and may have become part of the unusual world of rock and roll history!" A spokesperson for Creed could not be reached for comment at press time.

The lawsuit alleges that Ticketmaster, Stapp's bandmates (Mark Tremonti and Scott Phillips) and the band's management forced Stapp to take the stage to avoid a potential riot by disgruntled fans.

In a note recently posted on the official Creed Web site, the group thanked fans for their support over the past year, one they characterized as, "Unforeseeably rough."

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