(Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI - Nov. 13th, 2002)
From the moment Creed steps out on stage you can feel, almost taste the excitement in the air. Lead singer, Scott Stapp has an incredible, almost Jim Morrison-like stage presence at times, both his voice and stage presence commanding and yet inviting at the very same time. The stage was decked out in a sort of medieval theme with eight torches that shot fire and other various pyrotechnics throughout the show. Get close enough to them and I'm pretty sure that you'd have ended up with a nice tan ! This all was timed perfectly throughout Creeds strong guitar rhythm and Stapp's intense lyrics.
Stapps ongoing heartfelt connection to his fans is just an incredible sight to behold at the best of times. His abiity to power on through a song one minute, his mind lost in the emotions spewed forth, and the next to be able to chat calmly, intensely, honestly with his crowd is just plain fantastic. It's plainly evident that he has not forgotten how bands are made and who they have to thank for putting them where they are today. The crowd became even more euphoric when it was announced that the show may make it to DVD, which of course brought the applause to thunderous levels. Their renditions of "My Own Prison", "One" and "Arms Wide Open" were sung word for word by the frenetic fans. Stapp's energy and enjoyment of his art were so clearly evident as he continued to connect with fans and show genuine signs of his own appreciation for what was happening in the moment. Stapp moved to all sides and areas of the stage and one could easily see something special happening. The two guitarists, each in their own way were outstanding musicians and each had solo opportunities to roaring applause. Folks, when Creed comes back to town again, don't miss this show. You'll be sorry you did !
Reviewed By D. Silverman for Exclusive Magazine