Creed To Reunite For Tour, Album

Creed has announced all four of the original band members - Scott Stapp, Mark Tremonti, Scott Phillips and Brian Marshall - will reunite for a summer tour and new album. The tour, the band's first in seven years, begins Aug. 6 in Pittsburgh.

The band's debut, "My Own Prison," was released on August 26, 1997 and has sold over six million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The follow-up, "Human Clay," bowed in September of 1999 and certified Diamond for sales in excess of 11 million copies. The band's last studio album, "Weathered," was released on Nov. 20, 2001 and sold more than six million copies. In November 2004, "Creed Greatest Hits" was released, and has sold two million copies. The band was voted Favorite Group in 2003 on the People's Choice Awards and won numerous American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards and others including the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song in 2001 for "With Arms Wide Open."

As a touring act, Creed was hugely successful. Between November of 1997 though the end of 2002 Creed reported more than $70 million in grosses and 2 million tickets sold from 220 shows, according to Billboard Boxscore. Post-Creed, Tremonti, Phillips and Marshall launched Alter Bridge with Myles Kennedy on vocals and rhythm guitar. Alter Bridge released two records, and is expected to continue, as will Stapp as a solo artist. Both Creed and Alter Bridge are booked by Ken Fermaglich at the Agency Group.

The Creed tour will be a promoted by a combination of Live Nation on many shows and Red Mountain/Blue Deuce Entertainment on others, in separate deals. The band will play a combination of arenas and amphitheaters.

"I think there is a lot of demand out there for this band, they've been away for seven years," Fermaglich tells Billboard.com. "The last show they played was Dec. 31, 2002."

Even with the expected demand, Fermaglich says "we're trying to be very careful about the pricing and scaling on tickets because we recognize the economy and the things that are going on right now, and the fact that some of Creed's audience is a blue collar demographic, so we have to be sensitive to that."

The band has also teamed with I Love All Access, a division of Front Line Management, to provide a variety of VIP ticket packages for the tour, including premium seats, meet and greets, photo ops, parties and more.

Creed is now being managed by Paul Geary, Jared Paul, Steve Wood and Irving Azoff. The band is believed to be in a rehearsal studio writing a new record and will begin recording soon. Support for the tour is currently being firmed up.

Here's the complete Creed tour itinerary:

Aug 6: Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 8: Darien Lakes, NY
Aug 9: Hershey, PA
Aug 11: Saratoga Springs, NY
Aug 13: Philadelphia, PA
Aug 15: Wantagh, NY
Aug 16: Holmdel, NJ
Aug 18: Boston, MA
Aug 20: Hartford, CT
Aug 21: Washington, DC
Aug 22: Virginia Beach, VA
Aug 25: Detroit, MI
Aug 26: Cleveland, OH
Aug 28: Cincinnati, OH
Aug 29: Indianapolis, IN
Aug 30: Chicago, IL
Sept 1: Milwaukee, WI
Sept 2: Columbus, OH
Sept 4: Raleigh, NC
Sept 5: Charlotte, NC
Sept 11: Atlanta, GA
Sept 12: Birmingham, AL
Sept 15: Orlando, FL
Sept 16: West Palm Beach, FL
Sept 18: Lafayette, LA
Sept 19: New Orleans, LA
Sept 20: Bossier City, LA
Sept 22: Dallas, TX
Sept 24: San Antonio, TX
Sept 25: Houston, TX
Sept 27: Las Vegas, NV
Sept 29: Glendale, AZ
Sept 30: Irvine, CA
Oct 2: Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 3: Denver, CO
Oct 6: Minneapolis, MN
Oct 7: Omaha, NE
Oct 9: Tulsa, OK
Oct 10: Kansas City, MO
Oct 13: St Louis, MO
Oct 14: Nashville, TN