Creed Kicks Off The “2 Nights Live” Tour in Chicago

2 Nights Live 2012
The Chicago Theatre – Chicago, IL

All Photos by Paul Weber

Creed is:
Scott Stapp – lead vocals
Mark Tremonti – lead & rhythm guitars, backing vocals
Brian Marshall – bass
Scott Phillips – drums

Scott Stapp and Mark Tremonti 2nd night at the Chicago Theatre

Creed doesn’t have a new album out yet, but that hasn’t stopped them from hitting the road. Scott Stapp, Mark, Brian, and Scott Phillips decided to get back together to tour earlier this year. This reunion is the second go-around since their 2004 separation. The last time was back in 2009 with their 4th studio album, Full Circle, which was accompanied by a tour that ran into 2010.  Both parties have kept busy during Creed’s downtime as Mark, Brian, and Scott Phillips formed Alter Bridge with Myles Kennedy and as Alter Bridge released their first album, One Day Remains, back in 2004. Stapp released his first solo album, The Great Divide, in 2005. He also recorded a second solo album, but it appears to be currently shelved as Scott and Mark have been writing new material for Creed.

Scott Stapp at the Chicago Theatre for Creed's 2 Nights Live Tour

Last night was night two of Creed’s kick off to their 2 Nights Live tour.  The tour continues through late August at the Alaska State Fair and includes a stop for the rock fest, Rocklahoma.  The festival and fair stops will be anybody’s guess as to what they will play, but the first night at the Chicago Theatre on Friday covered the entire My Own Prison album plus a few other goodies from Human Clay and Weathered.  Night two featured Human Clay from beginning to end with some of their biggest hits from My Own Prison including “One,” “My Own Prison,” and “Torn” and they capped off the night with “My Sacrifice.”  The set was a huge flashback to 1999, which included Scott growing his trademark hair back.

Creed Chicago TheatreThe stage had amazing back lighting that was appropriate for a rock band making a comeback, yet neither Scott nor Mark really talked much between songs.  Actually, Mark didn’t say anything at all and Scott only introduced a couple of the songs.   This wasn’t so much a bad thing; I was expecting more of a VH1 Storytellers’ vibe but it was still entertaining to see them play the album straight through. For “Say I” Scott said, “This was the inspiration to the album’s name. It took us away to another place.”  He also remarked right before “Wash Away the Years” that his sister inspired the song.  The entire night was semi-surreal.  With eyes closed it really felt like someone hit play on jukebox as Scott nailed each of the songs. He didn’t stray too much from the original lyrics or arrangements.

Even though the band hails from Florida, Chicago has accepted both Creed and Alter Bridge alike as one of their own.  Magic happens when Tremonti and the crew come to town, yet there was a bit of doubt as to the success of this two night residency. Scott’s history in Chicago has been a shaky one that included fans demanding refunds due to his less than tolerable behavior on stage.  Last night Scott proved himself to be as strong as ever and the crowd opened their arms to Creed, showing that everything that happened in the past is all just water under the Alter Bridge. Hopefully Creed fans will soon see a new studio album with original songs from the original band members!

Mark Tremonti 2nd night at the Chicago Theatre

Human Clay Setlist:

Are you Ready?
What If
Say I
Wrong Way
Faceless Man
Never Die
With Arms Wide Open
Wash Away Those Years
Inside Us All
My Own Prison
My Sacrifice

Photos of Night Two of Creed’s 2 Nights Live Tour:

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Creed’s 2 Nights Live 2012 Tour:

4-13-2012     Chicago, IL      Chicago Theatre     My Own Prison
4-14-2012     Chicago, IL      Chicago Theatre     Human Clay
4-16-2012     Upper Darby, PA     Tower Theatre     My Own Prison
4-17-2012     Upper Darby, PA     Tower Theatre     Human Clay
4-19-2012     New York, NY     Beacon Theatre     My Own Prison
4-20-2012     New York, NY      Beacon Theatre     Human Clay
4-21-2012     Uncasville, CT     Mohegan Sun Arena     Human Clay
4-24-2012     Washington, DC      Warner Theatre      Human Clay
4-27-2012     Boston, MA      Orpheum Theater     Human Clay
4-30-2012     Houston, TX     Verizon Wireless Theater     My Own Prison
5-01-2012     Houston, TX      Verizon Wireless Theater      Human Clay
5-09-2012     Phoenix, AZ     Comerica Theatre     Human Clay
5-11-2012     Las Vegas, NV     The Pearl     Human Clay
5-12-2012     Indio, CA     Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino
5-13-2012     Pomona, CA     The Fox Theater
5-15-2012     Los Angeles, CA     Wiltern Theatre     Human Clay
5-16-2012     San Francisco, CA     The Warfield
5-19-2012     Denver, CO     Paramount Theatre     Human Clay
5-21-2012     Kansas City, MO     The Midland Theatre by AMC     My Own Prison
5-22-2012     Kansas City, MO     The Midland Theatre by AMC     Human Clay
5-25-2012     Pryor, OK     Rocklahoma Festival
5-26-2012     St. Louis, MO     The Pageant
5-27-2012     Atlanta, GA     The Tabernacle
5-30-2012     Toronto, Canada     Danforth Music Hall
5-31-2012     Detroit, MI     Fillmore Detroit
6-01-2012     Brantford, ON     Brantford Hickeyfest
7-28-2012     Hot Springs, AR     Magic Springs
8-03-2012     Lincoln, CA     Thunder Valley Casino Resort
8-17-2012     Council Bluffs, IA     Stir Cove
8-21-2012     Fairbanks, AK     Carlson Center
8-23-2012     Palmer, AK     Alaska State Fair

Ne-Yo Headlines Macy’s Glamorama

Macy’s Glamorama
The Chicago Theatre
Chicago, IL
August 21, 2009

Ne-Yo Macy's Glamorama The Chicago Theatre

Although not able to attend the actual evening’s event – Macy’s Glamorama – I was still given the opportunity to watch the entire show from beginning to end during the dress rehearsal last Friday afternoon. The only difference being that featured musical guest Ne-Yo was not decked out in his full performance garb planned for the actual event later that evening. Instead, I got the rare chance to see one of my favorite songwriters/performers let loose and perform in “normal” everyday hanging out clothes. It was surprisingly cool to see him not in a designer suit (and tie, of course) or black-and-white tuxedo. I have seen Ne-Yo perform once before in June of 2008 when he opened for Alicia Keys at the Allstate Arena. I missed Ne-Yo’s appearances this summer, both at the annual Taste of Chicago (w/ Keri Hilson) and when he recently headlined The Chicago Theatre for a full-out concert promoting his latest and third album, Year Of The Gentleman. In my defense, nobody would go with me to either of those two Ne-Yo shows and I am tired of going to concerts alone. However, I was not about to miss Ne-Yo for the third time in three months, so skipping the Macy’s Glamorama dress rehearsal was NOT an option.

More photos of Ne-Yo after the jump…

Ne-Yo Macy's Glamorama The Chicago Theatre

R&B hitmaker Ne-Yo performed his massive single “Miss Independent” after the first designer, Marc Jacobs, showed off his latest collection. Not that I own anything by Marc Jacobs, but his clothes were my personal favorite out of all the designers at Macy’s Glamorama this year. If I had endless financial resources, I would probably buy every outfit worn by every model that walked the runway on The Chicago Theatre’s stage last Friday. After “Miss Independent” came the newest collection from MaxMara. Following the designs of Jean Paul Gaultier, Ne-Yo performed a song I had never heard before, “Back To What You Know,” before launching into another one of his extremely popular songs and first single off of Year Of The Gentleman, “Closer.” Closing out the show was the latest collection of men’s underwear from designer papi. I am going to assume that “Back To What You Know” is Ne-Yo’s next single off of his latest record. Even though I was a little shocked that Ne-Yo didn’t perform his third single “Mad” at the dress rehearsal, I understand that at a fashion show, you typically want to play upbeat dance music. “Mad” is a beautiful piece of music, but is more of a slow, piano ballad and not so much a good fit for supplying uptempo, high-energy beats to keep the audience excited and on the edge of their seats wanting more. Sure enough, Ne-Yo left me wanting more; what I wouldn’t give to see him perform all of his self-penned hits from the three albums he has released in the past three years.

Set List

Miss Independent

Back To What You Know


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