Creed Splits

AP – Creed calls it quits after three hit albums

The spiritually inclined band Creed, whose anthemic hits “Higher” and “With Arms Wide Open” helped them become one of the top-selling rock acts of the past decade, has called it quits.

Three former Creed members immediately announced they were forming a new band — minus singer Scott Stapp — but were quick to say it was not “just Creed with a different singer.”

Creed’s three albums sold a combined 24 million copies in the United States. While many critics dismissed them as pale Pearl Jam imitators, Creed members used that as creative fuel and laughed all the way to the bank.


The new band, Alter Bridge, features Tremonti, Phillips and former Creed bassist Brian Marshall. Singer-songwriter Myles Kennedy, formerly of the band Mayfield Four, was recruited as the fourth member. Their first album is due out in August.

Phillips described the music as edgier than Creed, with the musicians given more space to show off their chops.

“We don’t want to make it seem like it’s just Creed with a different singer,” he said.

Stapp’s first solo recording will be on a soundtrack of music inspired by the film “The Passion of the Christ.” He’s working on a solo album with the Canadian band the Tea Party.

I can’t wait. Somehow, I don’t think there will be a huge Creed nostalgia movement twenty years from now.

Hat tip: Jonathan Wilde

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  1. joy says:

    James, this is *so* last Friday news.

    However, I will note that some of us are hoping for the trifecta (phish-creed-?) when Nickelback finally gives the heave ho.

  2. mark says:

    I vote for Oasis in Joy’s trifecta scenario (are they even still together?)

  3. brandon says:

    i dont know about any one else, but i am going ot miss creed, they were my all time favourite fan, they are the best, i was with them since the begging of there time, and i am only 13 years old! they are all so awsome, my hero was scott stapp, but now it has to be…mark tromontie. i will be with creed all the way! i dont care if there is a band that is like creed, looks like creed, and sounds like creed , or suppose that there is a band that is better then creed, i will still hide that they are better, even if i was in a band, i would still be a creed fan! do your best to convince me that creed sux, it is possible….maybe, if they were all crooks, and hated there fans, and didn’t care really about they music, and only about there money, and fame, maybe i would hate them! i might hate them alone, as the people, but i will NEVER HATE THERE MUSIC! alter bridge will never match up to creed! never, unless they play all of the creed songs, and re-do them batte, and make better songs on there albums, or even good songs! but that will never happen! although some people may say that creed is just a washed up pearl jam…that is sop not true, creed is louder, more talented, and can play a better resource of music, like who can play fast, slow, loud, quiet, sing loud, quiet, fast, slow, strong, and weak?? nobody, and even if they could, not better then CREED!!! if anyone wants to tell me off, or suggest n e thing to me, e-mail me @ co*************@ho*****.com pr cr***********@ho*****.com