You know “Higher,” “With Arms Wide Open” and “One Last Breath” — but do you know Scott Stapp? Following the hits, the Creed frontman dealt with some very public difficulties around bipolar disorder and drug abuse. But he’s turned his life around, and recently stopped by the Billboard office to talk about the struggle and the road ahead.
“I tour much differently at this stage in my career than I did in my early 20s,” Stapp says. “The partying days are behind me. That’s not really a challenge, something I’m not faced with… There’s definitely pitfalls out there and if you want to get involved in those, you can very easily find it. I can see how it can be a challenge for some, but I kind of create my own world, my own environment offstage.”
Stapp is touring solo (performing Creed songs and his own material with a full band), was recently named the singer of Art of Anarchy, and hey, what about a Creed reunion? Scott spoke about all this, in addition to telling the story of how T.I. “virtually saved [his] life,” how his family and the Carolina Panthers popularized Creedbombing and how the band broke big while he was at Florida State.
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