North Las Vegas, Nv. (PressExposure) April 02, 2007 -- Las Vegas Disc Jockey John Dote' Opens Arms For Creed
From the desk top of Martin Varella / Staff Writer / Media
No doubt, music has changed with every season. History repeats itself over and over again. Music seems to borrow itself from the past. It's all been done. There is nothing new under the sun. Yet, some groups are willing to take a chance that they are original. And its upto in this case for the record promoter to introduce the public to the next phaze of sounds to hit the airwaves. Not only is the record promoter bearing the weight of the act, but of the record label as well. It is quite a task and very expensive to say the least. Especially when your an Independant label like Wind-Up Records.
Kim Burke, who is head of the label's video division felt she had something new. A group by the name of Creed. She contacted Las Vegas Disc Jockey and Promotions Giant John Dote' who was the host of the hit television series "Night Beat In Las Vegas" as seen on The UPN- SCREEN GEMS NETWORK. Dote' was handling new releases in that market for Warner Bros., MCA, Dreamworks, A&M, Geffin, Capitol and many other major labels. He was actually creating new hit records from his show that included "Oops I Did It Again" by Britney Spears, "Smooth" by Santana and "Then The Morning Comes" by Smash Mouth. Kim Burke of Wind-Up Records, an Independant label handed over the entire Creed catalogue to Dote' and the rest is history. Creed recieved extensive airplay from coast to coast.
Creed originally came together in Tallahassee, Florida in 1995 as Naked Toddler when Scott Stapp and guitarist Mark Tremonti, former high school friends, got together and started writing songs. They soon added bassist Brian Marshall and drummer Scott Phillips. Brian Marshall came up with the band name "Creed", taken from the name of his former band, Maddox Creed.
They then found work at a live music bar, where they impressed owner Jeff Hanson enough to let them play at one of his bigger venues known as Floyds Music Store on the Tennessee Street Strip in Tallahassee. Hanson liked the band so much that he convinced producer John Kurzweg to produce the band.
Their debut album My Own Prison was independently released, and distributed to Florida radio stations. This drew the attention of several labels that agreed to see the band, only to pass. Rejected, Creed was playing a small gig when Diana Meltzer from Wind-Up Records heard the group. She had heard their independent album, and after hearing them live, signed the band to her label. After a remix to make it more radio friendly, My Own Prison was re-released by Wind-Up Records across the country. The album was a surprise success, reaching the Top 40 on the Billboard Top 200, and spinning off several singles ("My Own Prison," "Torn," "What's This Life For," and "One") that topped the rock radio charts. The bands hit song "My Own Prison" was also featured as a live performance on the charity album, Live in the X Lounge.
Their second album, Human Clay, was released in 1999 and debuted on the Billboard 200 album chart at number one, based on the strength of its first single, "Higher", which spent several weeks on the top of the rock radio charts. It wasn't until early 2000 that the single crossed over onto pop radio going to the Top Ten on the Billboard Pop Chart, and Creed became a household name. Its follow-up, "With Arms Wide Open," also hit number one that summer.
Meanwhile, Brian Marshall particularly offended many fans when he criticized Pearl Jam on a Seattle radio station (KNDD). He was soon kicked out of the band, and Brett Hestla (Virgos Merlot, Dark New Day) took over on the Human Clay tour, and subsequent tours. Around that time, Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit bad-mouthed Stapp at a festival where they were both performing. In response to this, Scott Stapp invited Fred Durst to an open boxing match in which Durst declined.
In the fall of 2001, My Sacrifice, the first single off of Creed's last album Weathered, was used in a series of promotional tribute videos made by World Wrestling Entertainment. The song went on to be one of many inspirational songs post-911. They also had "Young Grow Old," a b-side to the 1999 release Human Clay, featured as the official theme song for World Wrestling Entertainment WWE's Backlash pay-per-view event in April 2002. In early 2002, "Bullets" was released as a single, along with a costly, special effects-laden video. The song and video were possibly Creed's least successful since achieving mainstream success. However, Creed rebounded quickly, with one of the summer's biggest hits, "One Last Breath".
Stapp got into a car accident in April 2002. It seemed that their planned tour wasn't going to happen, but Stapp recovered in time to make up the last shows. "Don't Stop Dancing" was a minor hit for Creed in late 2002/early 2003.
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