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Scott Stapp On New Shows And His Sobriety

Scott Stapp talks about playing new shows, his sobriety and how he is a 'Changed Man'.

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Scott Stapp is here to tell you: He’s a changed man.  He won’t just tell you, though. He’ll sing it to you, too.

“Yes I made a mess of things, turned our world upside down,” the Creed frontman sings on the recent single “Changed Man” with new band Art of Anarchy. “Yes, it all got out of hand, got knocked down for the count.”

“You won’t hear an excuse. I know I did you wrong. But however long it takes, I’ll turn this all around.”

Stapp says he wrote the song for his long-suffering and supportive wife, Jaclyn Stapp.

“It was definitely a powerful moment when it was written, because it was so authentic and it came from an honest place,” Stapp says. “I just wanna be honest in my music, and that’s about as honest as you can get.”

But “Changed Man” is more than just a powerful ballad. It’s an exercise in positive reinforcement as Stapp continues three years of recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. Every time he sings it, it underscores his commitment to being sober and clear-headed.

“It does definitely reinforce, in me, where I’m at in my life and where I’m going,” he says. “And it just kind of puts into music a new starting point, you know?”

There’s even a lyrical reference to Alcoholics Anonymous’s famous “one day at a time” philosophy.

“It’s just a mantra that I live by, man,” Stapp says. “That really was something that, once I finally grasped it, it really helped me turn the corner in my recovery.

“It just seemed so daunting of a task, at one point in time. But then I finally grasped, ‘Hey, man, I only gotta do this for 24 hours.’ And then when I wake up the next day, I start fresh and I only have to do it for 24 hours. Those 24 hours start adding up, and then it becomes second nature.”

Stapp plays acoustic shows with members of his solo band and guitarist Bumblefoot from Art of Anarchy and Guns N’ Roses. The setlist features solo songs, Art of Anarchy songs and — of course — Creed hits such as “With Arms Wide Open,” “Higher,” “One Last Breath” and “My Sacrifice.”

The new acoustic tour kicked off May 11 in Mobile, Alabama, and celebrates the 20th anniversary of Creed’s 1997 debut album, “My Own Prison.”

“(That) kind of launched my career and started everything for Creed and myself,” Stapp says. “So I thought it would be fun to kind of mix it up.”

The singer plans to tell stories and also offer insight into how some of these songs were born.

“You kind of strip the songs down and really play ‘em how most of them were written,” he says. “Most of these songs were written on acoustic guitar first.

“It’s a different presentation and a different vibe. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

“I tell you, it flew by!” he says. “It’s amazing and kinda hard to believe it’s been 20 years since it all started. You know, I just approach it all with such gratitude and humility, that I’ve been able to have a career for that long.”

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