Stapp's Vocal Woes Force Creed Tour Reorganization

Rock act Creed has postponed nine dates at the beginning of its fall tour due to a throat affliction suffered by singer Scott Stapp. The band's frontman is "suffering from acute laryngitis due to the

Rock act Creed has postponed nine dates at the beginning of its fall tour due to a throat affliction suffered by singer Scott Stapp. The band's frontman is "suffering from acute laryngitis due to the swelling of [his] vocal cords, which was caused by excessive wear and tear," he writes in a letter to fans on the band's official Web site.

"Upon consultation with multiple doctors, the only solution to ensure that we are still able to visit all of the markets where we had scheduled shows is to reschedule the entire tour in a more realistic manner," Stapp writes.

Determined not to let their fans down, "we have every intention of playing all of the shows that we are scheduled to do this year," Stapp says in the note. Eight shows in Los Angeles, Mountain View, San Diego, Sacramento, and Bakersfield, Calif.; Spokane, Wash.; Phoenix; and Las Vegas have already been rescheduled across late October, November, and early December.

The status of a Boise, Idaho, show originally planned for Oct. 20 -- now the new date for a show at Los Angeles' Staples Center -- "is still to be determined," he writes. Barring any medical setback, this leg of the band's tour in support of its latest Wind-Up album, "Weathered," will kick off Wednesday (Oct. 16) in Tacoma, Wash. Released last November, the album debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and held the post for eight weeks.

Creed began postponing shows over the weekend, when Stapp was unable to sing normally before a show on Saturday in Phoenix. The singer places much of the blame for his throat problems on his and the band's laudable attempt to make up tour dates rescheduled after he was injured in a June car accident in Florida. "This ambitious tour schedule ultimately proved to be too aggressive," he laments.

Despite his diagnosis, the band did not pull out of yesterday's (Oct. 10) T-Mobile Rocks the Rock concert on Alcatraz Island off of the San Francisco coast. Stapp says Creed "booked the show two weeks ago as a favor to VH1 when the previously scheduled artist canceled at the last minute." Armed with a fresh shot of anti-inflammatory medication Decadron that temporarily eased swelling in his throat, Stapp was able to lead the band through a shorter than originally planned set for 600 contest winners flown in from around the country for the event.

The Wallflowers "graciously agreed to come and play the rest of the evening so that the other promotional, charity, and television commitments that we had made can be fulfilled," he writes.

Here are Creed's upcoming tour dates, with rescheduled dates noted:

Oct. 16: Tacoma, Wash. (Tacoma Dome)
Oct. 17: Portland, Ore. (Rose Garden)
Oct. 19: Salt Lake City (Delta Center)
Oct. 20: Los Angeles (Staples Center; orig. scheduled for Oct. 8)
Oct. 23: Mountain View, Calif. (Mountain View CA Shoreline Amphitheatre; orig. scheduled for Oct. 12)
Oct. 25: San Diego (San Diego SDSU Cox Arena; orig. scheduled for Oct. 11)
Oct. 29: Las Vegas (Thomas & Mack Center; orig. scheduled for Oct. 4)
Oct. 30: Bakersfield, Calif. (Bakersfield Centennial Garden; orig. scheduled for Oct. 6)
Nov. 2: W. Palm Beach, Fla. (Coral Sky Amphitheatre)
Nov. 4: Tupelo, Miss. (BanCorp South Center)
Nov. 6: Birmingham, Ala. (Birmingham/Jefferson Civic Center)
Nov. 8: Evansville, Ind. (Roberts Stadium)
Nov. 10: Fort Wayne, Ind. (Allen County War Memorial Coliseum)
Nov. 11: Grand Rapids, Mich. (Van Andel Arena)
Nov. 13: Auburn Hills, Mich. (Palace of Auburn Hills)
Nov. 16: Madison, Wis. (Alliant Energy Center)
Nov. 19: Ames, Iowa (Hilton Coliseum)
Nov. 21: Dayton, Ohio (Ervin J. Nutter Center)
Nov. 27: Atlanta (Phillips Arena)
Nov. 29 Spokane, Wash. (Spokane Arena; orig. scheduled for Oct. 14)
Dec. 2 Sacramento, Calif. (ARCO Arena; orig. scheduled for Oct. 9)
Dec. 6 Phoenix (Cricket Pavilion; orig. scheduled for Oct. 5)

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