Scott Stapp

With Alternative Nation being down for most of last week, we missed some Stone Temple Pilots headlines. TMZ reported last week that former Creed frontman Scott Stapp had just started his solo tour in Nashville, and during one of his first days on the road someone found a Scott Weiland tour badge on board.

TMZ was told it didn’t take long for Stapp to connect the dots. Having struggled with his own drug issues, Stapp saw the bus coincidence as a “poignant reminder” about losing Weiland — who he admired — and about the dangers of addiction.

The rep says Stapp switched to a different bus a couple days later when he got to St. Petersburg, FL — not so much out of superstition, but because the Weiland factor just hit too close to home.

Stone Temple Pilots will reunite with Chester Bennington for a one off performance at ‘From Bach To Rock,’ an event to benefit Palos Verdes Peninsula public schools on March 26th at the Norris Theater and Pavillion in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Bennington is not back with the band permanently though, as they continue to audition new frontman. The band gave an update on their singer search on Facebook today:

“Hello everyone. In only 2 weeks we have received over 10,000 submissions. Thank you kindly.

We are continuing to view hundreds of submissions on a daily basis and there are several of you that we really dig.

We are excited about the talent and energy you put forth. All of you.

If any of you have been checking out some of the submissions we would love to know who stands out to you.

Give us your top 3.

WITH LOVE

Robert, Eric, Dean”

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.

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 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.”

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 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”

Who Doesn't Love A Great Conspiracy Theory?

Scott Stapp is a mere pawn

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.