Sixty seconds with Scott Stapp and Mark Tremonti

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Indy: Scott, you had a rough go of it right before and after Creed split up. There was the infamous sex tape with Kid Rock and some willing female participants, alcohol and drug problems, severe depression and a near suicide. Things seemed to turn around when you married Jaclyn Nesheiwat. What do you take out of your experiences?

SS: As you get older and deal with your past and the consequences of that, you grow. You have to deal with that. I had to deal with it being public. I was so hard-headed, it was the best thing that could have happened to me. ... All those things were distractions and things that led to near death. You don't want to do that anymore. Waking with a clear conscience is where it's at.

Indy: Mark, after Creed's stormy breakup, you, [bassist] Brian Marshall and [drummer] Scott Phillips formed the band Alter Bridge and could have gone on with that. What did you need to see from Scott to re-form Creed?

MT: When things ended, we all never wanted to return to the way it was. Things are different now, relationship-wise. A lot of things have changed since the time we wanted to walk away from each other. We're grown up, more mature and more appreciative of the success we've had in the past.

Indy: In fact, things are good enough that you have a new album [Full Circle] on the way. What can you tell us about it?

SS: It's not like we've gone out and written our Joshua Tree yet. But we've definitely taken it to another level. It sounds like the album that should have come after Weathered [Creed's 2001 CD], but needed to come six or seven years later.

At Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre in Englewood, Oct. 3.


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