Stapp: Shock Delayed Medical Attention After Accident

Creed singer Scott Stapp says that he was in shock following his April car accident and didn't realize the seriousness of his injuries until later.

Creed singer Scott Stapp says that he was in shock following his April car accident and didn't realize the seriousness of his injuries until a day or so afterwards. During an interview that aired last night (June 25) on the syndicated entertainment show "Access Hollywood," Stapp explained that even though a police officer suggested he go to the hospital at the scene of the Orlando fender bender, he refused.

"I was thinking, 'I don't want any major attention out of this,' you know," he said during the interview. "'If I get in that ambulance, it's a huge deal. All of a sudden, it'll be on the news and I didn't want it to be that way.' So my manager was driving me home, and the funny thing about it, in retrospect, is he said I asked him to pull over and buy me some chocolate doughnuts and I have no idea why," Stapp said, laughing.

The effects of his injuries -- a concussion and spinal damage -- began to manifest themselves the next day during a video shoot, and on the second day after the accident, when he said he began forgetting people's names and had trouble getting out of bed. That's when he decided to go to the hospital.

"They discovered that I had a torn disc in the L5 [region of the spine], and I had a severely inflamed bulging disc between C6 and C7 in my neck and the doctors worried about them slipping or becoming herniated," he explained. "We had to make a decision about the tour." The band canceled plans for the second leg of its North American tour, which was to keep it on the road through the whole of May.

"Basically, we had to call it quits because being out on tour, and how physical I am on the road, it would make the situation worse and plus, I was just kind of incapacitated," he said. "I couldn't really move very well, I couldn't turn my head, I couldn't bend over, I couldn't pick up my son, I was really frustrated and depressed."

As previously reported, Creed returns to the road July 11 with a show in Virginia Beach, Va. The band has 38 dates on its schedule, lasting through an Oct. 19 show in Salt Lake City.

The tour comes in support of its latest Wind-Up album, "Weathered," which debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 last year and held the post for eight weeks. The set has sold 5.2 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.