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Creed’s My Own Prison and Human Clay were two of the most successful rock albums of the nineties, did you enjoy revisiting all those songs on that 2012 tour?
“I did, those songs are all benchmarks of periods in my life, and what’s cool too is they have an even deeper meaning to me now with perspective. They still feel good to play. I’ve got a feeling I’ll be playing those for a long, long time.”
The Sinner’s Creed book really adds insight into what your mindset was when you wrote some of those songs…
“I’ve heard that from quite a few people who’ve read the book. Knowing what was going on in my mind because of my childhood. Behind the scenes you could see the inspiration and where the formulation of a lot of it came from.”
Looking back on the shows you did together, is there a standout moment above all the highlights?
“There was something special that happened onstage, all at once to everyone in Creed at a show in Houston, Texas. I forget which year, probably 2000, and it was in front of 45,000 people that were there just to see Creed. There was a moment when it hit us that every single person, so far as we could see, was singing every word to every song. And I think that realisation, that moment of clarity, hit all of us at the same time.
We kind of looked at each other, and I’ll never forget that moment. That feeling when the enormity of what was going on hit us right in the middle of a show. We embraced it but I’ll never forget that moment, it’s priceless in my mind.”
Creed were writing a follow-up to the Full Circle album back in 2012 but work didn't continue, is the door closed on the band for the time being?
“No, I think it’s important for Creed that it has to feel right and there has to be a want-to. Creed afforded all of us the ability, the opportunity and the freedom to really explore everything that fulfills us artistically. And I think the guys are happy and enjoying their success in Alter Bridge. And I’m really happy and fulfilled in doing what I’m doing. I think that’s good but when it feels right, you can never say never.”
Were you excited about those songs written in the initial sessions for the next album?
“I really was, and the whole band was. We were back to doing things like we did after the My Own Prison record. We were so excited we were jamming them during soundcheck while we were on tour. So there’s good stuff there but right now all of us want the stuff we’re working on separately to be given a chance and be accepted in its own right.”
And it's worked out well in the sense that you were able to forge ahead with Proof Of Life…
“I’m grateful for it, because I needed this for me, as a human being and an artist. Things happen for a reason.”
What’s the next year looking like for you now?
“I’m out promoting this record and trying to reconnect with all the Creed fans, and any news fans… music fans in general. Do what I do, and go all over the world doing it. We’ve talked about maybe releasing some tracks that didn’t make Proof Of Life but in hindsight I wished they did. So adding bonus tracks. And touring; touring, touring and touring.”