Though Scott Stapp has recorded two solo albums, he is more well known as the "Voice of Creed", the popular American rock band from the 1990s and early 2000s. Stapp kicked off his Proof of Life tour last Friday at Ziggy's in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in support of his late 2013 album release.
Those who had a chance to see Creed on their 2012 reunion tour were probably expecting a similar, laid back performance - but Friday's show set out to be a bit more intense. After short, but hard hitting sets from Greensboro local band Failure Anthem and quickly rising New Zealand rockers Like A Storm, a lengthy introduction was played. The song, accompanied by mesmerizing purple lights, had fans in the front row screaming with anticipation. Making it worth the wait, Stapp opened with the first two songs on the Proof of Life album, "Slow Suicide" and "Who I Am." He powered through both songs with a feeling of completely renewed and previously unseen energy that continued as he switched gears into Creed songs "What If" and "My Own Prison."
Even though the tour introduces many newer and less well known songs from Stapp's solo career, the set list was carefully balanced with numerous Creed songs, including: "With Arms Wide Open," "One Last Breath," and "My Sacrifice." Though much of the crowd sang along throughout the entire show, there was notably more crowd interaction during the reminiscent Creed hits. Stapp returned the interaction with intimacy by sharing personal stories and struggles, detailing what particular songs and lyrics were about.
Former Black Label Society and Breaking Benjamin drummer Chad Szeliga, Daughtry bassist Andrew Waldeck and guitarists Andy Wood and Travis Comer join Stapp on stage. The super group will be touring North America until Proof of Life tour comes to a close in August - see all dates here.