chtimixeur wrote:I'm wondering what motivates Stapp to write and record a new solo album, since he barely played anything off it on his latest tours. It's like he's accepted the fact he'll play the same 12 Creed songs until the rest of his career.
He's gotta know the Creed style is not popular anymore, and he won't get any song on the radio with it.
So what's next? What can he do to be kinda succesful again? Country? Pop-rock? A duets album?
I would imagine that the writing and recording of new material is where he gets most of his artistic fulfillment from since he seems burdened to play the same material live ad nauseam. People that go to his shows go for the creed songs and he probably doesn't want to lose the money. So in that sense, as long as people are going to his shows, he has a profitable niche that he can exploit. But unfortunately what this means is that he'll never grow his audience. And his current audience does not seem to care about this, most of them are 30+ years old who only want to hear old Creed songs anyway just for nostalgic reasons.
I agree with the idea that he should drop Creed from his repertoire and focus purely on his solo material of which there is a significant amount of now to carry a show. He took a step in the right direction with AoA never playing a creed song and only doing their own material. To grow as a performer he must take risks but keeping Creed in his shows will only stagnate his career and is only evidence in my mind that he is only surviving off of Mark Tremonti's musical talent (almost exclusively playing Creed music.).
I wish that he would read this post and recognize that my criticisms, while coming from a place of admiration, are meant to help him grow his career and respect amongst his peers and rock community.