The Creed singer’s fourth solo album arrives in March

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Scott Stapp has revealed another taste of his forthcoming solo album. On an album of metamorphosis forged by loss, frustration, betrayal and near defeat, Deadman’s Trigger” warns of mutually assured destruction when pushed to the breaking point, until the melodic chorus arrives like salvation. The charged-up banger strobes with bold sonic swagger as one of the album’s hardest-hitting tracks. 

Stream the official lyric video below.

In March, Stapp is hitting the road. The Creed frontman is embarking on the first leg of his Higher Power Tour to promote his forthcoming solo record of the same name. The trek kicks off on March 10 at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida and wraps up on March 22 at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa.

Stapp’s fourth solo LP, Higher Power, arrives on March 15 thought Napalm Records. Stapp previously revealed the lead single, “What I Deserve, which features an appearance by award-winning guitar great, Yiannis Papadopoulos. The album’s title tracked followed

“We all want back what we give,” Stapp says. “‘What I Deserve’ is about two people understanding who they are individually and coming to a place where they can express exactly what they each want, need, and deserve. The duality in the song is that both sides are expressing the same thing and coming to an understanding of the faults of the other. This song pleads both guilty and innocent with Yiannis’ guitar solo being the voice that articulates a chaotic search for deliverance and the epic release of passionate closure.”

The album describes a metamorphosis forged by loss, frustration, betrayal and near defeat. In addition to Papadopoulos, the record also features a stand-out performances by Dorothy. Multi-GRAMMY® Award winning songwriter and musician, Steve McEwan, makes a co-writing appearance on the album.

Stapp says, “Higher Power was born out of never ending consequences with triggered, yet naive defiance,” Stapp says of the record. “It’s the realities and realizations of being human in this experiment we call life – holding onto hope in the dark waiting for the light.”

The GRAMMY® Award-winning Stapp released his last album, The Space Between the Shadows, back in 2019. Anchored by the hit single, “Purpose for Pain,” the record also featured fan favorites “Face of the Sun” and “Survivor.” The album debuted at No. 3 on the US Current Rock Albums chart, the U.S. Current Hard Music Albums chart, and the UK Official Rock and Metal Chart. It cracked the Billboard 200 at No. 137.

In addition to pushing is new solo work, Scott Stapp will be very busy this year with significant Creed commitments.

After announcing a pair of music cruises, platinum rockers Creed decided to take their reunion on the road. The band announced Monday 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.

Last July, Creed confirmed a special reunion music cruise. The two five-day rock excursion sets sail from Miami in April, cruising down to Nassau, Bahamas. In addition to headliners Creed, the trip will also feature 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.

It will be interesting to see if the band decides to play their watershed album, Human Clay, in full on this upcoming tour. Next year marks the 25 anniversary of the multi-platinum LP, and 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.

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).