Creed band 2023

The CD release features a ton of bonus material

Creed band 2023

In the midst of an incredible renaissance, chart-topping hard rock legends Creed are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their watershed album, Human Clay. To commemorate the occasion, the band is reissuing the record on several limited edition 2-LP vinyl variants, as well as a deluxe 2-CD set. The original 11-track album, available on color vinyl for the first time, includes Gray Smoke (available wide), Black & Grey Splatter (exclusively via the official Creed store), Orange Smoke (Walmart),Red Smoke (Barnes & Noble), Gray Opaque (Revolver), and Black & Gold Marble (Spotify Fans First). 

Check out all the editions below, plus a link to pre-order.

Arriving August 16, the deluxe 2-CD release features the newly remastered original album, plus a wealth of bonus material, including a complete, never-before-heard concert recording, captured in San Antonio, TX in 1999. A deluxe digital edition of the album also features six additional bonus tracks, including alternate versions of “Higher” and “With Arms Wide Open,” and a cover of the Doors classic “Roadhouse Blues” featuring the Doors guitarist and founding member, Robby Krieger (recorded live at Woodstock ’99). Fans who pre-save the album today can stream or download an advance 3-track EP, which offers “With Arms Wide Open (Live),” plus a rare acoustic performance of the same track and the newly remastered album version.

The release follows their multi-platinum Greatest Hits collection which debuted on vinyl last month. Originally issued in 2004 as a limited-edition pressing, the 13-track compilation spans the GRAMMY® and American Music Award-winning band’s first three albums (1997’s My Own Prison, 1999’s Human Clay, and 2001’s Weathered) and features such chart-topping singles as“Higher,” “One Last Breath,” “With Arms Wide Open,” and “My Sacrifice.” As a special bonus, the 2-LP set features an etching on Side D that mirrors the cover art. In addition to the standard black vinyl from Amazon, Greatest Hits can be found in a variety of limited exclusives, including Green Smoke vinyl (official Creed store), Orange Smoke (Craft Recordings), Red Smoke (Target), Gray Smoke (Best Buy), and Blue Smoke (Walmart). The collection is also available for streaming and digital download now.

Released in September 1999, Human Clay cemented Creed as certified superstars, debuting at No.1 on the Billboard 200, where it remained for a record-breaking 104 weeks. The album’s first single, “Higher,” spent a whopping 57 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No.7, and topping the Mainstream Rock and Modern Rock charts for 17 weeks. The 2x Platinum single “With Arms Wide Open,” became Creed’s first No.1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100—a spot it held for four weeks – and earned the band a GRAMMY for Best Rock Song and a nod for Best Rock Vocal Performance. 

Human Clay has sold over 11 million copies in the US alone, achieving a rare Diamond certification by the RIAA. In 2009, it ranked at No.5 on Billboard’s 200 Albums of the Decade roundup. Today, it remains one of the best-selling albums of all time in the US, while it has sold over 20 million copies worldwide.

“Twenty-five years ago, we could have never guessed we’d be celebrating Human Clay’s lasting impact while embarking on a whole new chapter together in 2024. Then and now, it’s the fans who’ve embraced these songs and found a deeper connection to them as they’ve progressed in their lives. Now, we’re reconnecting with these songs like it’s the first time and seeing the impact on a whole new generation” reflects Scott Stapp. 

Back in April, Creed set sail on their highly anticipated Summer of ’99 Cruises. The venture marked the band’s first live performances in over a decade. On guitarist Mark Tremont’s 50th birthday, the band kicked things off appropriately with, “Are You Ready?” Fans on the sold-out ship definitely were. From there, it was a barrage of hits, featuring the likes of “Bullets,” “What If,” “Torn,” “With Arms Wide Open,” and more. They also pulled out the rare gem “Weathered,” which hadn’t been played since 2002. 

They wrapped things up with their seminal smash, “Higher,” and sang “Happy Birthday” to Mark Tremonti. With the crowd wanting more, Creed returned for a two-track encore. They performed “One Last Breathe” and “My Sacrifice,” two hit singles from their 2001 chart-topping album, Weathered.

Check out fan-filmed footage from the show below and the full setlist HERE.

The Summer of ’99 five-day rock excursion set sail from Miami, cruising down to Nassau, Bahamas. In addition to headliners Creed, the trip also features 3 Doors Down, Buckcherry, Tonic, Vertical Horizon, Fuel, The Verve Pipe, Tantric, Dishwalla, Nine Days, and Louise Post of Veruca Salt. Due to overwhelming demand, a second cruise was added after the first sold out.

As their reunion kicks off, Creed are celebrating their legacy with the reissue of their multi-platinum Greatest Hits collection on vinyl. Originally issued in 2004 as a limited-edition pressing, the 13-track compilation spans the GRAMMY and American Music Award-winning band’s first three albums (1997’s My Own Prison, 1999’s Human Clay, and 2001’s Weathered) and features such chart-topping singles as“Higher,” “One Last Breath,” “With Arms Wide Open,” and “My Sacrifice.” As a special bonus, the 2-LP set features an etching on Side D that mirrors the cover art.

Arriving on May 24, the double LP album is available for pre-order today. In addition to the standard black vinyl from Amazon, Greatest Hits can be found in a variety of limited exclusives, including Green Smoke vinyl (official Creed store), Orange Smoke (Craft Recordings), Red Smoke (Target), Gray Smoke (Best Buy), and Blue Smoke (Walmart). The collection is also available for streaming and digital download now.

After confirming their music cruises, Creed decided to take their reunion on the road. The band announced plans for an extensive North American tour, set to launch on July 17 at the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The run wraps up on September 28 at Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Very special guests for the trek will be 3 Doors Down, Daughtry, Switchfoot, Tonic, Big Wreck, and Finger Eleven on select dates.

In addition to the headlining shows, Creed will also be putting on a special one-day festival dubbed Summer of ’99 and Beyond with 3 Doors Down, Daughtry, Finger Eleven, Fuel, Vertical Horizon, and The Verve Pipe on Saturday, August 31 at the Glen Helen Amphitheatre in San Bernardino, California.

Due to overwhelming fan response, the multi-platinum rockers have added a second leg the trek. The new round of dates begins on November 2 at the Paycom Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and wraps up on December 5 at the Kia Center in Orlando, Florida. Very special guests for the run will be 3 Doors Down, Mammoth WVH, and Finger Eleven on select dates.

It will be interesting to see if the band decides to play their watershed album, Human Clay, in full on this upcoming tour. This year marks the 25 anniversary of the multi-platinum LP, and the first leg of the tour wraps up on the album’s actual released date – September 28. Creed’s sophomore effort, Human Clay was highlighted by four huge hit singles – “Higher,” “What If,” “With Arms Wide Open,” and “Are You Ready?” The chart-topping ballad “With Arms Wide Open” garnered the band the GRAMMY® Award for Best Rock Song. Since its release, Human Clay has received the rare diamond certification from the RIAA for selling over 10 million copies.

In 2022, Creed celebrated the 25th anniversary of their seminal debut album, My Own Prison. The band reissued the record on vinyl for the very first time. Featuring the hits “Torn,” “What’s This Life For,” “One,” and “My Own Prison,” the multi-platinum album has gone on to sell over 6 million copies in the United States alone.

Creed have not toured together since 2013. Their last studio effort was 2009’s Full Circle, which featured the hit singles “Overcome” and “A Thousand Faces.” Since then, frontman Scott Stapp released his acclaimed third album The Space Between the Shadows in 2019. Guitarist Mark Tremonti churned out four Tremonti albums. Mark, along with fellow Creed members Scott Phillips and Brian Marshall, unleashed four more Alter Bridge albums including the masterful Fortress (2013) and their latest opus, Pawns & Kings (2022).

This year is going to be a busy one for Creed’s Mark Tremonti . Last month, he confirmed has a new solo album on the way. The tireless guitarist announced to fans on his official social media that he is working on new material for the next Tremonti record. According to Mark himself, he’s already written “many new songs” for the project. He and the rest of the band have entered the studio to begin tracking the album.

Tremont’s last solo effort was 2021’s Marching in Time. Released through Napalm Records, the disc hit No. 1 on the UK’s Rock & Metal Albums chart, and cracked the Billboard 200 at No. 184. Produced by frequent collaborator Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Alter Bridge, Falling In Reverse, Limp Bizkit), the album churned out four singles.

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Side A

1. Are You Ready?
2. What If 
3. Beautiful 

Side B

1. Say I
2. Wrong Way
3. Faceless Man 

Side C

1. Never Die
2. With Arms Wide Open
3. Higher

Side D
1. Wash Away Those Years
2. Inside Us All 

Disc 1

1. Are You Ready?
2. What If 
3. Beautiful 
4. Say I
5. Wrong Way
6. Faceless Man 
7. Never Die
8. With Arms Wide Open
9. Higher
10. Wash Away Those Years
11. Inside Us All 
12. With Arms Wide Open (Strings Version)
13. Young Grow Old
14. To Whom It May Concern
15. Is This the End?
16. Roadhouse Blues (Live) #
17. I’m Eighteen #
18. Higher (Radio Edit) #
19. With Arms Wide Open (Single Version) #
20. What If (Radio Edit) #
21. With Arms Wide Open (Acoustic Version) #

Disc 2 [Live from San Antonio, TX – November 4, 1999]

1. Are You Ready? (Live) *
2. Ode (Live) *
3. Torn (Live) *
4. Beautiful (Live) *
5. Illusion (Live) *
6. Say I (Live) *
7. My Own Prison (Live) *
8. What If (Live) *
9. With Arms Wide Open (Live) *
10. Faceless Man (Live) *
11. What’s This Life For (Live) *
12. One (Live) *
13. Higher (Live) *

*Previously unreleased
#Expanded digital album only

Fans can pre-order now HERE

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