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Old 02-09-2002, 11:43 AM   #1
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I LOVE This Creed Review

Sorry to anyone who likes them, but...

Creed shows they're a bunch of imitators

by Brett Milano
Friday, February 8, 2002


Creed, at the FleetCenter, Boston, last night.

Is it possible for a band to become massively popular without being any good? You'd have to wonder just a little after witnessing Creed's sold-out show last night.

Not that the Florida quartet can't play; they've got boring technical competence to spare. It's just that you'd have to look hard to find any trace of an original idea; just one riff, lick or lyric that you haven't heard before.( ) That might be fine if they were out for cheap thrills, but the show was meant to be an inspirational spectacle in the vein of U2's ``Elevation'' tour. The difference is that U2 had creative staging and great songs; Creed had fireworks and singalongs.

The onstage sound, particularly on the vocals, was studio-perfect enough to raise suspicions that it wasn't 100 percent live. In any case, the musical elements were strictly borrowed: Singer Scott Stapp had all of Eddie Vedder's mannerisms down pat; while guitarist Mark Tremonti lifted equal parts from The Edge( -he can only dream) and Jimmy Page. The opening ``Bullets'' paid lip service to Metallica, but from there ponderous ballads took over: ``Who's Got My Back'' had a ponderous intro that was longer than the song itself. The lyrical message boiled down to a set of obvious statements: Believing in yourself is good; religious violence is bad; existential pain is a real drag.

Stapp took his fake-humble act to extremes, lowering his face in a Christ-like pose( ) after nearly every song. And when a song got especially whiny ( )he'd explain that he was speaking for the audience: Before the latest album's title track ``Weathered,'' Stapp explained that we all feel world-beaten sometimes - particularly the members of Creed after their last big tour. We'll assume he was trying to sound like a man of the people instead of a spoiled rock star.


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Heh heh. That's awesome.

Is that from a newspaper?
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Quote:
Originally posted by Johnny Swallow:

Is that from a newspaper?

Oops-sorry-I forgot to say-yes, it's from the Boston Herald.
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bwahahahahaha. Nice.

Thanks for sharing, Gina!
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Yay!
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Too bad those wankers are on the new Rolling Stone--guess I'll have to use the cover for TP.

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Bwah-ha-ha!!! Thanks, Gina, for the good laugh at Creed's expense!



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Here's one from the Cleveland Free Times:

Shortly before Pearl Jam, uh, i mean Creed, came on stage, anticipation at the Gund had reached a delirious level. the crowd screamed and held up lighters, waiting anxiously for the most popular rock band in the world. By the time Creed arrived on the dimly lit stage (cast in a regal purple glow), it was to the sound of rolling thunder and fireworks. Such a bombastic entrance was fitting for Pearl Jam, uh, i mean Creed, which has turned latently christian platitudes and persecution complexes into hard-rock anthems.
As if to suggest the band's built some kind of rock 'n' roll empire, three giant Corinthian pillars flanked the enormous stage and images flashed on a large video monitor behind the stage. The sold-out crowd hung on every word bellowed by Eddie Vedder, uh, i man Scott Stapp, and every guitar chord played by Stone Gossard, uh, i mean-- oh, you know what i mean. By the end of the set, when the group launched into tracks such as "Arms Wide Open" (i.e. "Jeremy") and "What's This Life For?" (i.e. "Even Flow"), the concert had started to drag. While it was intended as a rhetorical question, the refrain "Can you take me higher," sung in unison at the show's conclusion, wasn't so much a question as an expression of egomaniacal conviction.
Equally tiresome was the opening act, Alice In Chains, uh, i mean Tantric, whose shirless singer, Hugo Ferreira, strutted with confidence, even though the band's generic, second-generation grunge just abetted the headliner's flannel flashback.
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I think the best Creed review was by Billie Joe from Green Day. (Referring to Creed) "what's with all these bands trying to sound like Cher these days?"

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