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Scott Stapp Calls Billy Corgan On Radio, Would He Fight Him?

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan appeared on the Mancow show, and former Creed frontman Scott Stapp awkwardly called into the show during Corgan’s appearance for just a minute. Alternative Nation transcribed the call.

Mancow: Creed and The Smashing Pumpkins battled each other on the charts. If you were in our studio right now, would you and Billy fight?

Scott Stapp: Absolutely not. I’m a huge fan.

Billy Corgan: Hey Scott. I met Scott when the band was first coming up, great guy. I haven’t seen him for years, but a great guy.

Mancow: We’ve had some memories, oh dear god, this guy.

Scott: We’ve had some fun.

Mancow: Okay Scott, I’m going to say goodbye to you. Farley and Scott, two piles of cocaine I will never forget. Not my thing.

Billy: One for Scott, and one for Chris, and you just watched.

Mancow then added that he himself has never done cocaine.

February 1, 2016—New York— Building on their fans’ demands for more of last year’s brief, but critically acclaimed In Plainsong tour, The Smashing Pumpkins return to the road this spring to bring the Acoustic-Electro Evening across the country for a full run of classic North American theaters.

Last year’s shows sold out in a matter of minutes, and the iconic venues the band picked for the performances proved the perfect intimate settings for an evening of acoustic based music and electronic soundscapes that allowed the Pumpkins to explore their whole song catalog in a unique way. The reaction to the run was overwhelmingly positive, with reviews calling the performances “electric” and “emotionally charged”.

“What started as an interest in playing a truly different kind of show and looking for a different way to explore their storied musical past morphed into something new and exciting for the fans in every city”, said the group’s manager Peter Katsis, “this touches the opposing side to The Pumpkins usual roar!”

The Grammy Award-winning rock group, which includes Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin and Jeff Schroeder, will kick off the 19-city tour on March 22nd in Portland, OR and wrap on April 20th in Houston, TX.

Tickets for the In Plainsong tour will go on sale beginning Friday, February 5th at 9am EST. Tickets will be available at http://www.smashingpumpkinsnexus.com/ Citi is the official credit card of the In Plainsong North American Tour. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning Tuesday, February 2nd, at 9AM ET through Thursday, February 4th through Citi’s Private Pass Program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

The Pumpkins, always the rock and roll iconoclasts, will invert the traditional formula again by touring first before heading straight to the studio after the dates to record a brand new album inspired by the sounds explored in the new acoustic setting.

Singer-songwriter Liz Phair is set to open the show for the Smashing Pumpkins on her first full tour of the U.S. in 6 years. Her debut studio album Exile in Guyville was released to critical acclaim and has been ranked by Rolling Stone as one of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” More than two decades after the release of her debut, Phair’s influence over female voices in alternative music can still be felt today.

2015 proved to be great for the Pumpkins, who saw their End Times summer tour in support of last year’s Monuments to an Elegy album produce their best ticket sales in over 12 years. The Chicago Sun-Times called their performance “epic,” while Rolling Stone exclaimed that the current line-up “played with the tightness of a time-tested unit.”

With 20 million albums sold in the United States alone, the Smashing Pumpkins are one of rock’s most commercially successful and critically acclaimed bands.

Since their inception, the Smashing Pumpkins disavowed the punk rock roots of many of their alt-rock contemporaries by creating a diverse, densely layered, and guitar-heavy sound, containing elements of gothic rock, heavy metal, dream pop, psychedelic rock, progressive rock, and even electronica.

They broke into the musical mainstream as their second album, 1993’s Siamese Dream, sold over 6 million copies. From there, the group has continued to build its audience through extensive touring, selling out arenas around the world for over two decades. Their 1995 follow-up recording, double album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, entered the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart at number one.

Scott Stapp Lets Fans On Tour Bus For $200

Former Creed frontman Scott Stapp is hitting the road this winter. He has decided to ensure that his loyal fans get the first opportunity to buy VIP Packages, with the Ultimate Meet & Greet Experience ($200) and the VIP Experience ($100). This will be Stapp’s first tour since getting clean and sober following his psychotic breakdown last year.

There will be three ticket options available for this tour, which can be viewed below:

1. Regular Event Ticket

2. Scott Stapp’s Ultimate Meet & Greet Experience Includes:
– 1 General Admission Ticket
– Early Entry to the Venue
– Exclusive Q & A with Scott Stapp
– Soundcheck Party
– Private Meet & Greet with Scott Stapp
– Exclusive Tour with Scott Stapp of his Tour Bus
– One Signed, Limited Edition 2016 Scott Stapp Tour Print
– One Commemorative ‘All Access’ VIP Laminate

3. Scott Stapp’s VIP Experience Includes:
– 1 General Admission Ticket
– Early Entry to the Venue
– Individual Photo with Scott Stapp
– One Signed, Limited Edition 2016 Scott Stapp Tour Print
– One Commemorative ‘All Access’ VIP Laminate

*The time listed on the page does not reflect the exact time of the M&G or Soundcheck. Timing and details of the VIP Package will be emailed to buyers about one week before the show.

*VIP Packages are non-transferable. The name in the billing information will be the name on the VIP List.

Mark Tremonti: ‘Another Creed Album Right Now Would Be Overkill’

Mark Tremonti recently told Billboard that while Scott Stapp seems eager to record a new Creed album, he is simply too busy right now with musical projects to make it happen anytime soon.

“I don’t want to confuse anybody. I just know I’m so busy right now with so much stuff coming out, the next year, year-and-a-half would be very difficult for me,” he says. “Not that I want to or not want to do anything; it would just have to be the right time.”

He reeled off a list of reasons why his time is presently spoken for: “I’ve got a record that just came out [his second solo album, Cauterize], a record that’s going to come out in the spring [third solo album Dust] and an Alter Bridge record to write and release next year.” He also notes that Alter Bridge vocalist Myles Kennedy has a solo record on deck and will be writing a new album with his other side project (Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators) in 2016.

Tremonti feels the Creed retrospective would be better suited for a 2017 release since it would mark the 20th anniversary of the band’s six-times platinum debut album, My Own Prison. “The world doesn’t need any more music out of this camp for the next few years after this year,” he says with a laugh. “So another Creed album would just be overkill.”

Creed Will ‘Definitely’ Reunite For New Album

Mark Yarm recently interviewed Scott Stapp for Billboard, and in the interview Stapp revealed that he believes that Creed will reunite and release new music. The band’s last album was 2009’s Full Circle, and they haven’t toured since 2012.

“This journey I’ve been on over the last year has inspired a lot of writing. I’m going on tour next year, and we’re starting a campaign to raise awareness for mental-health issues based upon a song I wrote. And Creed has a retrospective coming out in November. It’s three CDs, with hits, favorite album picks, acoustic versions of all the hits, live performances, unreleased demos.”

He added that there has been talking about the band reuniting, “I ran into Mark [Tremonti, guitarist] at the Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando a couple months back, and we spent hours hanging by the pool, talking. We all are busy working on our other passions, but there’s definitely going to be some Creed in the future, starting with this retrospective. So when the time’s right in the next year-and-a-half, I’m expecting some new Creed music.”

“There’s nothing set in stone, but it’s definitely on the radar. We’re just trying to let it be as organic as possible. But we’re all communicating. And that’s where it starts.”

Alternative Nation broke the news of members of Creed running into each other at the Hard Rock Hotel during our recent interview with Mark Tremonti. Tremonti said, “We actually just ran into him. Scott Phillips and I were at the Hard Rock hotel for my wife’s birthday, and just by strange coincidence, Stapp was up here during a vacation and was staying at the Hard Rock. We were walking out to the pool and he saw us. We ended up talking for an hour and half. He was clean and sober and doing well. He was happy. His family seemed happy. We’ve had a few texts since then. I think there’s talk about Wind-up Records maybe putting out a box set, so I’m sure we’ll communicate to make sure that turns out well.”

He added that he was unsure about a Creed reunion, “My life is just so busy right now it would be hard for me to do anything else. There were some songs we worked on before things went south. On the last tour, we didn’t see eye to eye to say the least, and then we put a halt on any new music. We had already gotten about nine or ten songs ready to go. It just doesn’t make sense for me though, having two new Tremonti records, a new Alter Bridge record and Myles will have a new Slash record. A new Creed record would be just too much stress.”

Scott Stapp Begs For Creed Reunion, Talks Falling Off Hotel

Scott Stapp and his wife appeared on Dr. Oz last week, and Stapp asked his Creed bandmates to reunite with him by speaking to them through the television screen.

On whether Creed fans can expect reunion in the near future, Stapp says: “I can tell you what, I sure hope so. I love the guys with all my heart and, if they’re watching, ‘Come on guys, let’s make a record.'”

On how fame brought out his inner struggles, Stapp revealed: “Everything I could ever dream of was happening in my life that I wanted. My band was taking off, my financial insecurity was gone, I was beloved and adored by millions of fans and I woke up one day and could hardly get out of bed. I felt like there was… just two gloves covering my brain with pressure. My joints ached and I had no energy and I didn’t know what was going on.”

On one of his near-death experiences, Stapp said: “I had been up for about three of four days using amphetamines and cocaine, and I was in a psychotic state. I checked myself into the penthouse at the Delano Hotel in SOUTH BEACH and I thought that the police were beating on my door and they weren’t, but I had a delusion, a hallucination that they were. And in an attempt to escape, I thought I would scale from my balcony to the balcony below and I slipped and fell 40 feet and should’ve died that day.”

In discussing how love brought him out of the darkness, Stapp comments: “I was in a moment of utter fear for my life and all I could think about at that time was, ‘I’m never going to see my wife again. I’m never going to see my children again’… and so love saved my life”

Interview: Mark Tremonti Says Alter Bridge Will Record In 2016, Talks Creed’s Future & Cauterize

How many times have you seen an artist successfully pioneer three different legitimate bands over the course of their career? (Maybe just Chris Cornell?) As most know, Mark Tremonti, the lead guitar player and songwriter from Alter Bridge and Creed, also has a solo project he simply calls Tremonti. Their first record, entitled All I Was, came out in 2012 and was supported by months of touring. Upon completing the last Alter Bridge cycle, Tremonti was back to work on his next solo effort, Cauterize – released in this past June. The record’s third single, “Radical Change” hit airwaves this week. There was so much solid material during the recording sessions, that it actually spawned solo album number two and three, with Dust slated for release in early 2016.

Although Tremonti has always stuck to his roots and deep love of metal, the difference in his solo work is that he has shuffled about five yards to his right and taken over as the lead singer for the first time in his career. Calling in from his hometown of Orlando, Alternative Nation had the chance to catch up with Mark a few weeks prior to kicking off his fall North American tour. As part of the upcoming show experience, he is giving fans a once in lifetime opportunity to not only watch his jaw dropping shredding skills, but also shred alongside him through a special pre-show lesson offering.
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You’ve basically started a successful band 3 times over, all within a similar genre of music. That’s pretty rare.

It’s kind of a life cycle for me. It just seems normal. You start from the bottom and work your way up. It’s a thrill for me to be the underdog. I try to make the projects as different as I can with the tools I’m given. I think the biggest help for me, is having a different rhythm section. And the fact that, with the solo stuff, I get to throw in a little more metal.

My biggest challenge was making Alter Bridge sound different than Creed. That was the first time that I really had to reinvent myself as a songwriter. The first step was having a singer who sounded like the polar opposite of Scott Stapp.

What was it like going from playing large sold-out stadiums to small clubs again?

I enjoyed it. There’s something about playing clubs that’s just fun and exciting. Playing amphitheaters is amazing, playing arenas and stadiums is great too, they are all fun in their own way. It would be a shame not to enjoy them all. Even if all three bands were at an arena level, I would still throw club dates into the mix though.

How different is it for you being a lead singer as opposed to the lead guitar player?

It’s a whole new skill set. It’s not something you can practice at home. You get experience by practicing live in front of people. I always have my eyes and ears open to watch how others entertain a crowd. I’m not really like that when it comes to guitar playing. It’s a new thing for me to be a frontman. I never used to pay attention to what singers do, and now, I have to think of something different to do every night. Slowly but surely, it’s getting better for me, but when I first started it was like “oh no, what do I say in between songs?” I never got into this to be an entertainer. I’m the farthest thing from a David Lee Roth or a Scott Stapp. Myles Kennedy has turned into such a good frontman. I’ve seen him develop and that’s what I hope to do as well.

With your Tremonti band, was the plan always for you to be the frontman or were you initially looking for someone else to sing?

I was definitely planning on singing it. I’ve been a songwriter since I was a little kid. I’ve always loved writing vocal parts; it’s always been my favorite thing to do. One of my biggest griefs as a songwriter is that people always think it’s the singer who wrote the vocal melodies when I’ve written so many of them. People just think you’re playing the guitar so you just wrote the guitar parts. When the guitar solos and the riffs aren’t really what get me excited about writing the songs, it’s the vocal parts that I now get to sing myself.

Had you ever been a singer before?

I’ve always just been the backup and harmony guy. On the third Alter Bridge record, I took a lead in a song called “Words Darker Than Their Wings,” where Myles and I would go back and forth, singing the verse. On the newest Alter Bridge record, I sing a lead on a song as well. Then three records now, I take on the lead vocals with the Tremonti stuff.

As a songwriter, how are you able to determine which song is better suited for Alter Bridge and which you keep for your solo material?

Unless it’s a real deep metal sound, it’s all up for grabs. Whatever is up next at the moment, I usually put the song towards. Once I figured out if it’s an Alter Bridge or Tremonti song, then I adapt more towards that band. Usually if it’s an Alter Bridge idea, it’s easier to take more of an atmospheric type of approach because Myles will deliver a certain vocal part. When it’s fast, up-tempo, double-kick riff stuff, that tends to go towards the Tremonti band.

What’s the writing process in Alter Bridge? Do you write the music and Myles writes the lyrics?

We both write the same way. I’ll sit and write parts. I’ll have a verse with filler lyrics and a melody in place. Myles will do the same thing. I may bring in a verse and chords, and then he’ll have a bridge that matches that. I’ve gotten to a point where I’ve gotten good at organizing my ideas. I’ll give it a name, I’ll give a beats-per-minute, a dynamic based around the tuning it’s in and the time signature. If I then need a part, I know how to shuffle through my ideas, let’s say if I need a verse that is specifically 110 beats per minute. Myles and I will never write whole songs and present them to one another. Almost every album, we’ve contributed to every song and had our own parts in.

You wrote all of the first Alter Bridge record – One Day Remains correct?

That’s the only one that is different. I was kind of under the gun to write a record for when Creed was breaking up and Alter Bridge was getting together. Myles was coming in and four or five of the songs where completely written, then the second half of the record we worked together. Then with Blackbird, he picked up the guitar and that was our secret weapon going forward, adding him on the guitar.

When you started Alter Bridge, was it that you Scott Phillips and Brian Marshall were forming a new band, looking for a singer and Myles Kennedy was the “winner?” Or was it more that you wanted to form a band with Myles?

When all the signs were showing that Creed was coming to an end, I just started racking my brain. My best friend had a Mayfield Four CD and reminded me of how good a signer Myles is. We had only done a handful of shows with them. So this was years later, my buddy played me the song “Summer Girl” and I was just blown away. He was definitely our first choice for singers to go after. I had also reached out to a talent agent who had a recommendation as well. He said this was a “top guy” and would fly down. It ended up being my cousin’s husband’s brother. (laughs) He sounded awesome. Kind of like a Bon Scott, he had this big voice, but Myles was just a tough a guy to beat. He was the choice no matter how good anybody was.

What’s next for Alter Bridge?

I’m touring with Tremonti through the end of the year, and then the plan is to do an Alter Bridge record the first three months of next year. It always takes a few months to put out an album, mix and master it. That’s when we’ll split off again and Myles and I will go off and do our touring with Slash and Tremonti, and then come back together for a couple weeks of press before the Alter Bridge tour kicks off.

Have you spoken to Scott Stapp recently?

We actually just ran into him. Scott Phillips and I were at the Hard Rock hotel for my wife’s birthday, and just by strange coincidence, Stapp was up here during a vacation and was staying at the Hard Rock. We were walking out to the pool and he saw us. We ended up talking for an hour and half. He was clean and sober and doing well. He was happy. His family seemed happy. We’ve had a few texts since then. I think there’s talk about Wind-up Records maybe putting out a box set, so I’m sure we’ll communicate to make sure that turns out well.

Do you foresee any potential to reunite Creed again?

My life is just so busy right now it would be hard for me to do anything else. There were some songs we worked on before things went south. On the last tour, we didn’t see eye to eye to say the least, and then we put a halt on any new music. We had already gotten about nine or ten songs ready to go. It just doesn’t make sense for me though, having two new Tremonti records, a new Alter Bridge record and Myles will have a new Slash record. A new Creed record would be just too much stress.

On your upcoming tour, you have a very unique offering where fans can get a one hour guitar session with you before the show? Will you be doing that before all 32 shows?

Yeah, I do it at every show date. We say it’s an hour but it really goes almost two hours. There will be a room set up where I have two amps and everyone comes in and gathers around. I’ll ask what people want to go through and want to learn if it’s a smaller group. If it’s a larger group, I’ll go through alternate tuning techniques, vibrato techniques, picking techniques and how to go through sonic ideas. We work slowly because there are all kinds of different skill levels. I’ve had beginners and I’ve had Berklee students. Everything from jazz players to metals players. It’s funny, you see so many people who are nervous to plug in their amp, but then when they do they’re great. We also go up on stage and I walk them through my rig. We’ll end by doing photos standing up on stage. It’s always a good time, I’m glad I started doing it.

There’s a second record from your Cauterize recording sessions, entitled Dust, waiting in the wings. When will that be released?

It’s going to be a time early next year. After we record the Alter Bridge record and we have that three or four month gap, I’ll be looking to tour on it to support it. We’ll probably hit the States and Europe before we get going heavily with Alter Bridge. Even still, there will be gaps in that schedule that will allow me to tour on Tremonti as much as we can.

What was the process in deciding which songs go to Cauterize and which go to Dust?

I wanted to make sure both albums flowed dynamically. If there were two slow moody songs, I’d put one on each album, same thing if there were two really heavy aggressive songs, I’d split them up evenly. There’s isn’t a specific theme to one or the other. Each record is mixed.

The song “Arm Yourself” on Cauterize, it’s remarkable how melodic the chorus is over such a heavy riff.

That song was developed around that chorus. I had that idea around for a few years. I remember playing it for Myles and he loved it. That’s why it’s good to also have a solo band. There are so many ideas that get passed over and never get on a record, that are just sitting there and perfectly good enough to make it on a record, but there just isn’t enough time in a day to finish them all. So that was one of the first ideas I brought back when working on this album. When we did pre-production, that was our producer’s least favorite song. We all looked at each other like “you’re crazy, that’s one of our favorites.” By the end of the recording process when it was time for me to cut my vocals, he was like, “this is fun one, I think everyone’s going to be excited about it.” And I said “I told you! You just needed to give it time.” Now it’s one of the fan favorites and one of the five tracks we’ve already started playing live.

Looking into your entire catalog, what songs jump out at you as some of your personal favorites?

I’d say “Blackbird” is probably the number one song for me. I think for everybody in the Alter Bridge camp, that’s their favorite song. Even looking at both Tremonti and Alter Bridge, I still think “Blackbird” is the best of them all. On the Tremonti records, “Wish You Well” is definitely the most fun to perform live. We end the set almost every night with that song, so it’s one of my favorites as well.

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Why Scott Stapp Is Innocent

Ok, what the heck is going on here?? I don’t know why, but I want to believe what Scott Stapp is saying in his Facebook posts. Honestly, everything that makes him sound crazy are things released by his wife/soon-to-be ex-wife.

Say for one second that he is completely sane (really bare with me here). Say that some lawyer his wife is having an affair with is masterminding the ultimate plot by gaslighting the has-been ex-Creed singer. Add just a bit of insurance, by hijacking the kid’s twitter (or manipulating him to do it himself) and posts a thing or two up there to further the ruse.

Stapp’s internet babblings, to me, seem pretty sane, as well did the video at the police station a couple weeks ago. Then you have these egregious claims of behavior by his wife; things that no sane person would do. I think in one of them she explains that Scott’s always been a paranoid schizophrenic– perfect coincidence, since the person we see seems completely normal, and apparently there is this ridiculously insane, trouble making fool out there trying to attack the president?? And how many others that know Stapp have stepped forward to confirm this claimed schizo behavior? So, in such a scenario– the wife or her pretty boy lawyer (who I’m assuming exists on my own accord) plants the first seeds of insanity– they weren’t enough. Stapp responded publicly, and they realized that there’s no way people were going to think he’s nuts. He obviously appeared sober and “with it” in the video diary, so what gives?

Then come the gaslighting attempt on us, the public.  “Scott Stapp is a paranoid schizophrenic.  What you’re seeing is indeed a sane, reasonable person, but what you don’t know, is that at home, when the sun goes down, Scott is running around the house in a Batman costume, gathering tools from the shed and rambling about his secret government job and his mission to harm the President.”

Personally, I think the conspirators should have planted one or two more small seeds before laying down the royal flush here, so to speak. That claim is so big and bold that I’m almost willing to say  it’s a cliche because I am positive I’ve seen this before. Maybe not with all the bells and whistles I see in this case, but I know I’ve seen more than one episode of “World’s Dumbest…” video show where a drunk is telling the police officer he is in the FBI or CIA and on a “top-secret” mission. It might be so deeply associated with that scenario that anytime you hear… ‘guy believes he’s a secret agent,’ that you picture that crazy drunk who you know is, undeniably, a “crazy drunk.” Then, play on the fact that there are a world of people that hate Stapp for allegedly committing crimes against music at the beginning of the last decade. Even if they don’t believe the story being “spun,” they are all sharing the story in social media and laughing their asses off about it.

I’m not sure exactly what I believe. If Stapp isn’t nuts and his wife is orchestrating this ruse, then kudos to her. It’s a good one. I like to think that I’m open to both sides, but I like a good “conpiracy theory,” and this could be a great one. Whenever gaslighting is brought into a scheme, it has a weird way of not just making the victim seem insane, but also the audience to which the conspirator(s) need to make believe their story. So before you are ready to believe this nutty tale, why not give some thought to a nutty conspiracy theory first. Who will you believe? Who has the motive?

 

–UPDATE–

Just as I was writing this, even more evidence of the plot to defame Scott Stapp was released via TMZ. Three telephone recordings were released to the public– two made  to 911 emergency services and one alleged voice mail to his son, Jagger’s, school dean. The 911 calls do sound like Stapp and it sounds as if he’s really in trouble, his voice obviously shaken from whatever he had encountered. Let’s not forget, whatever your opinion on Stapp, that the man is a tenured pop musician and is worth some money.  I see plenty of motive right there. Who knows what moves Mrs. Stapp made to put her plot together. We know there are plenty of people that would; 1.) love to stamp out Stapp from the music business permanently and 2.) get with the former Miss America first runner up of 2008. I’m sure there are plenty that would help her out for free, but there’s even a third worm on that hook: Scott’s fortune. Even 10 years after the rise and fall of the band’s romp with success, you don’t simply go broke after you’ve sold over 25 million records. Remember they were there for the final peak of CD sales back when people still had to buy them to get music. With a hull like that I have no reason not to believe Stapp when he says he’s had $20M stolen from him without him immediately noticing it.

The other 911 call just depicts a moment of weakness in a lonely, scared, and shaken man. No more and no less. Is it a crime to call 911 when you’re scared for your life or your immediate well-being? I’m pretty sure that’s what it’s there for.

The last call to the school dean is an obvious crank call. You can just hear how emphasized the caller is on the impersonation, saying, “uh, hello, uhh, my family, uh national uuhh security..” Just compare the voice to the last two.

You’ve got a woman who has never worked in her life unless you count primping and pampering for beauty pageants, “work,” that is– you’ve got this woman who sees her husband’s career on the decline, yet still  incredibly wealthy, and knowing this, I assert, that she’s on a scheme, through discrediting the man and eliciting this response from Scott and then saying, “look– out of context this all looks completely crazy,  and that’s exactly how we’ll spin it.” And while that’s all good and fine for making him look like a tool in public, the courts are only going to look at the facts and hopefully they come to the right conclusion for Scott’s sake and that of his children. It’s really a crazy world when you can’t even trust your trophy wife, of all people.