Mainstream mega stars Creed break up after eight years.

AFTER eight years, three albums and over 30 million album sales hugely popular mainstream band Creed have decided to disband. Creed songwriter/guitarist Mark Tremonti has decided to join forces with Creed drummer Scott Phillips, original Creed bassist Brian Marshall and former Mayfield Four singer/songwriter Myles Kennedy. The new band, named Alter Bridge, will release their debut album on Wind-up Records in August. A worldwide tour is planned to being late August/early September.

Creed songwriter/singer Scott Stapp has been busy in the studio writing and recording over the past several months. His first post-Creed recording will be featured on an album due out late August on Wind-up Records that will pool together superstar talent as they individually offer compositions inspired by the film The Passion Of The Christ. Simultaneously to tracking his contributions to the Passion title, Stapp will continue to work with producer 7 Aurelius and has joined forces with Canadian rockers The Tea Party to work on his solo debut.

On the dissolution of Creed, Tremonti commented, "It's kind of sad to end a chapter of your life, but it's also exciting to be starting a new one. We'll always be proud of the music we made with Creed, but Alter Bridge gives me the opportunity to start over with a different perspective and a more evolved direction. This band begins and ends with the love of the music." Phillips continued, "Creed was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but I'm really excited to be starting over as well. The most significant things that we are taking from the Creed experience are the lessons that we learned. We truly believe that the decisions we've made for our future are the right ones. After writing and rehearsing the new material, we are confident that we've made the right choices."

Stapp shared, "Creed was one of the most amazing journeys through music and friendship I am blessed to say I was a part of. I made memories I can never replace! I just want to thank the fans who supported us and became a part of the Creed experience. We could not have accomplished anything without you!" Also, in 2004 Wind-up Records will be releasing a Creed Greatest Hits compilation. CR

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