Creed’s Scott Stapp on Mental Illness, Recovery, and Touring Sober

The 90’s band Creed always gave off a good Christian vibe, but front man Scott Stapp had to face down his own demons of addiction and bipolar disorder.

scott-strapIf you were of a certain age in the late ’90s, you remember Scott Stapp, who was the lead singer and frontman for the enormously successful band Creed. They were everywhere back then. They had three consecutive multi-platinum albums, one of which has been certified diamond. Creed sold over 28 million records in the United States, and over 53 million albums worldwide. Stapp even won a Grammy Award in 2001 for the tune “With Arms Wide Open.” There was no doubt that Creed was one of the most popular rock bands in the world.

And they were nice guys, too. Creed was always a band your parents would not mind you listening to. There was always an underlying Christian vibe coming out from behind Creed’s songs, and while other bands of the era were doing their best to embrace a drug-fueled, rockstar culture, Creed always kept things on a positive vibe—at least outwardly.

The band eventually broke up and faded away, as most bands do, and people pretty much assumed that Scott Stapp was spending his time in a mansion with his family, living the good life.

But there were signs that he was not doing quite as well as his fans had hoped. In an interview with Rolling Stone, he admitted that at the end of Creed’s run, he had been abusing alcohol, Xanax and Percocet. Later, Stapp made headlines for a suicide attempt when he jumped off a balcony during a drug-fueled binge at a Miami hotel.

For a few years, people heard nothing from Stapp until a disturbing video came to light, in which Stapp appeared a bit out of his head. “Right now, I’m living in a Holiday Inn by the grace of God, because there’s been a couple of weeks that I’ve had to sleep in my truck,” he said in the video. “I had no money—not even for gas, or food—and I went two days without eating because I had no money, and ended up in an emergency room.” It later came to light that Stapp thought that people were trying to kill him, and that he was being tracked by trained killers. He eventually was placed in a 72-hour psych hold after deputies found him wandering the side of a road and rambling that someone was trying to kill him. Read more “the fix”…


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