Scott Stapp Announces Solo Tour Dates, Discusses His 'Awesome' New Life in Nashville
The tour -- which kicks of Nov. 22 at The Paramount in Huntington, New York -- comes on the heels of the singer's debut show with his new band, Art of Anarchy, at the Gramercy Theatre on Oct. 27.
Stapp said he is excited to return to cities where he just recently played sold-out dates, giving fans shut out the first time around a chance to see him in action.
"I'm feeling great," he tells Billboard. "It's great to be doing what I love and it's great to be able to get a new creative outlet and make new music with Art of Anarchy, working on new solo material and continuing the tour and doing what I love."
Stapp promises fans "a good time," with "almost all of the Creed songs that the fans have come to know over the years, and favorites off my Proof of Life [2013 solo] album."
"We are definitely going to be changing up the set with some acoustic moments, and just bringing a big rock show," he says. "That is what we do. We try to bring a big rock show wherever we go."
Stapp -- who dealt with well documented difficulties and struggling with bipolar disorder -- said he is "back on track," though he admits "It definitely was a scary time a couple of years ago."
He credits the move to Nashville for keeping him centered on family life, as well as his career. .
"Nashville has been awesome... I love working with other artists and writing," he says. "I have spent a lot of time when I am home with my family, and going to baseball games and soccer games and doing family stuff. Then I try to get in the rounds of writing sessions, not only for myself but for other artists. It has been a good new place to call home. It is good for my career and awesome for my family."
Stapp has been on a creative roll lately. The singer says he had "good chemistry" with Bumblefoot of Guns 'N Roses and John Moyer from Disturbed, and "you can hear that in the music."
"I try to approach each project differently, especially melodically and tonally," he says. "It's definitely not easy to sound like yourself, and I am not saying I try to do that but I try to separate myself from each project. As the album comes out and the fans get to hear the full body of work they will definitely hear that as well."
Stapp says he now has "a lot of balance," and is eager to get on the road -- on his terms.
"I can choose when I want to go on the road, so I can stay connected with my family and be home and be a father," he says. "The pressures that were there early in my career that you got to constantly be on the road, you got to break as a new artist... Those aren't there anymore. That is a big element that has changed touring and how I approach it.
He continues: "Also, being someone who lives a sober life, the way I tour now is just all about the music and the fans and living a sober lifestyle. I surround myself with people who are doing the same thing and respect that. A lot has changed over the years."
Tickets are now available at ScottStapp.com.
Scott Stapp's tour dates:
11/22 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
11/23 Asbury Park, NJ – Wonder Bar
11/25 Lawrence, MA – Claddagh Music Hall
11/27 Warrendale, PA – Jergels
12/1 Indianapolis, IN – 8 Seconds Saloon
12/2 Belvidere, IL – The Apollo Theater
12/3 Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
12/6 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
12/8 Stafford, TX – The Pub Fountains
12/9 San Antonio, TX – Alamo City Music Hall
12/10 Tyler, TX – Clicks Live
12/14 Sao Paolo, Brazil – Tropical Butanta
12/15 Buenos Aires – Teatro Vorterix
12/17 Lima, Peru – Vivo X El Rock 8