How Soon ‘Til A New Creed Album?

December 13, 2023

Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti was recently a guest of Audio Ink Radio and talked about how the Creed reunion came about, “Me and Scott [Stapp, Creed singer] spoke before COVID happened. We had done a few ShipRockeds [cruises] with Alter Bridge and Tremonti, and I always enjoyed them and I thought it would be a great idea to do our own cruise at some point. And when I was speaking to my manager, I was, like, ‘I think a Creed cruise would be something that would really work.’ And at the time our agent had already been doing the Paramore — I think it’s called ‘Parahoy!’ cruise — and they always had a lot of fun with it. So I said it would be kind of a great reintroduction for Creed to do that, ’cause it’s just kind of a soft landing back into the world. And it just made sense. And when it came out and it did so well, it made us really kind of re-evaluate what we’re gonna do for the rest of the year. And that’s when we announced the tour. The funny thing is everything just kind of happened naturally all at once with all the hype — the Rangers playing the music and the Vikings playing the music. And just the other night, my kids showed me a clip of the Green Bay Packers playing playing ‘Higher’ at the stadium. It’s just great coincidence that Creed’s kind of coming back into the fold in popular culture, which has been great for us since we just timed the tour at the same time.”

And how soon ’til you hear new music from Creed? Tremonti said, “I’m not sure. If we would have known this was gonna do so well, we would have planned ahead of time and done new music beforehand. But from an outsider looking in, sometimes people are, like, ‘Yeah, just put out new music.’ But we’d have to record it nine months ago to have it be ready now, kind of for the tour. If we started writing music now, it would take us months and months and months to write it and then months to record it and then six months of setting it up and by then it’s time for us to start Alter Bridge. So it’s kind of a difficult thing. Maybe if there was a song or two or an EP, it’d be easier. But I also go in the studio in February with Tremonti, and Scott Stapp is just releasing a solo record. So it’s kind of a tough thing.”

Tremonti added, “When I’m writing songs and I go over ideas, I’m, like, ‘Wow, that would be a great Creed song, and I kind of hold it aside for the day that that happens. A lot of times when I’ll write a song that I’ll put on a Tremonti record, I’ll be, like, ‘That would have been a great Creed song,’ and it turns into a song that people like, but they just kind of get forgotten. Some of the ballads on the Tremonti records, the diehard Tremonti fans love ’em, but I think they would have been bigger Creed songs, some of them.”

Creed’s 2024 “Summer Of ’99” tour starts July 17, 2024 and runs ’til September 28, 2024. 3 Doors Down is direct support for the tour, with Daughtry, Switchfoot, Tonic and Big Wreck appearing on some dates. Finger Eleven opens all shows.

Meanwhile, Creed’s first show in 12 years has them headlining the “Summer Of ’99” cruise, setting sail from April 18-22, 2024.

Creed took a break in 2004, then reunited for the “Full Circle” LP and an extensive tour in 2009. Singer Scott Stapp has since toured and recorded as a solo artist.

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Written by Todd Hancock