Members of Creed have confirmed that they will split after almost a decade together. The announcement comes three months after front man Scott Stapp <A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bb/biz/newsroom/m

Members of Creed have confirmed that they will split after almost a decade together. The announcement comes three months after front man Scott Stapp told Billboard.biz that his bandmates would take a break.

In a statement issued today (June 4), Stapp says: "Creed was one of the most amazing journeys through music and friendship I am blessed to say I was a part of."

Creed's last studio album, "Weathered," debuted in December 2001 at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and has more than 6.2 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. A spokesman for the Wind-up Records act says the band's three albums have accrued worldwide sales to date in excess of 30 million units.

Going forward, Creed songwriter/guitarist Mark Tremonti will collaborate with the band's drummer Scott Phillips, original Creed bassist Brian Marshall and former Mayfield Four singer/songwriter Myles Kennedy on a new project called Alter Bridge. Its debut album release through Wind-Up is set for August 10. A promotional acoustic tour of radio stations will kick off later this summer, and a worldwide tour will begin in late August or early September.

As previously reported, Stapp will contribute material to a Wind-Up release on August 31. The album will comprise compositions inspired by the film "The Passion of the Christ." Stapp will continue to work with producer 7 Aurelius, best known for his work with such hip-hop heavyweights as Nelly and Ja Rule, and will tap Canadian rockers the Tea Party to work on his solo debut.

Wind-Up is planning to release a Creed greatest-hits compilation this year. Details have yet to be announced.

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