Scott Stapp Drops Bombastic New Single 'Purpose for Pain,' Unveils Summer Tour Dates

Scott Stapp
Sebastien Smith

Scott Stapp

The rocker will hit the road this June to promote his third solo album.

Scott Stapp released the first single from his upcoming solo album The Space Between the Shadows on Friday (March 22).

The bombastic track, titled “Purpose for Pain,” finds the Creed frontman walking through the dual fires of addiction and depression over hard-rocking guitars and propulsive drums.

“There’s gotta be more/ 'Cause this life is insane/ Gotta turn this around/ And find the purpose for pain,” he wails on the song’s rollicking chorus.

“‘Purpose for Pain’ is about seeking a higher meaning, a spiritual mentality when dealing with our struggles and life’s painful moments,” said Stapp in a statement. “There are unexplainable, dark times that everyone goes through, and that pain is real. If we can dig deep and hold on to hope during the most difficult situations, believing there is a purpose waiting for us on the other side, we can find meaning and clarity that gives us the strength to keep fighting.”

In February, the veteran rocker chopped off his signature long hair to celebrate five years of sobriety. The Space Between the Shadows is due in July via Napalm Records and will be his first solo album in nearly six years, following 2013’s Proof of Life.

In support of the album, Stapp will embark on a cross-country tour this summer, kicking off June 20 at the Waterfest Concert Series in Oshkosh, Wis. Tickets for the first leg of the tour go on sale Monday.

Stream the lyric video for “Purpose for Pain” and check out Stapp’s upcoming tour dates below.

The Space Between the Shadows summer tour dates (more to be added)

6/20 - Oshkosh, WI @ Waterfest Concert Series
6/21 - New Buffalo, MI @ Four Winds Casino Resort - Silver Creek Event Center (on sale March 29)
6/22 - St. Charles, IL @ The Arcada Theatre
6/27 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
6/28 - Toledo, OH @ Civic Music Hall
6/29 - Boardman, OH @ Ribs-N-Rock Festival
7/10 - San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec Theater
7/12 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues
7/13 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
7/14 - Oklahoma City @ Tower Theatre
7/25 - New York City @ Sony Hall
8/2 - Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theatre (on sale March 29)