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Scott Stapp Live and Unplugged Tour Arcada

Scott Stapp Live and Unplugged Tour
Arcada Theatre St Charles IL
May 27 2017
Scott Stapp
Review by: Jake Warkel
Photography by: Jake Warkel

Scott Stapp
Tonight Scott Stapp the voice of Creed is back again at Arcada Theatre but this time unplugged. Scott is also currently the lead vocalist for Art of Anarchy which features Ron “Bumblefoot" Thal on guitar and Ron has guitar duties in Scott’s band for this unplugged tour.  Scott had killer success with Creed from their debut studio album “My own Prison” which launched him into having a great music career.  Creed went onto recording a total of four studio albums and never completed their fifth album they they were working on.  Scott entered rehab to battle with his addiction to alcohol and drugs many years ago.  Scott Stapp has been battling his addictions for many years now and also is working every day to continue his sobriety.  Scott surrounds himself with great people such as his bandmates, as Bumblefoot said to me earlier before the show today “We are a sober band no drugs or alcohol “.   The temptations on the road have got to be difficult but if you surround yourself with strong individuals that are on the same page as you it can make things rather easy and comforting on the road. 

Scott’s fans are starting to fill into the venue as the stage hands are preparing the stage for what should be a powerful acoustic performance tonight. Many of the fans have traveled from surrounding states to see this performance which shows great loyalty to Scott Stapp.  

Scott Stapp
The cheers and screams from the crowd are heard now as Scott Stapp takes the stage with his bandmates wasting no time and belting out “Are You Ready” from Creed’s 1999 release “Human Clay” and then “Bullets” from 2001 release “Weathered” as both songs sounded great vocally, musically and acoustically,  but the drive for these two songs are lost the essence of the true feel of these songs just didn’t come across as powerful playing acoustically. 

“My Own Prison”, “Unforgiven” and “Torn” were the next three songs in the set all classics and songs that charted well from the 1997 release “My Own Prison” and put Scott Stapp and Creed on the map. These songs not only kicked ass tonight for an acoustic set but will always be hits.  Watching the fans sing along and getting into the music you can almost see in some of these fans where they may have been or what they may have been going threw at the time when these songs were released and possibly the cure some of these songs might have had on some of these individuals.  Being a Jim Morrison fan and all Scott Stapp enjoys playing “Road House Blues” and has done this song for so long live and does an excellent job. It’s always a great party song even if you don’t party with drugs and alcohol.   “One” off coarse just killed Scott’s vocals song after song were just powerful and moving all night. The whole set are sing along songs and thats what the crowd has done once again.

“Arms Wide Open” became a very special song for a kid in the crowd as Scott Stapp 
Scott Stapp
dedicated the song to this boy as it was the boys ninth birthday this evening. Great response was given from the crowd. This boy also spent his time right upfront of the stage in front of “Bumblefoot” most of the night just singing along and enjoying every minute of this concert.  Prior to the band starting  “Higher” Scott introduced the band and then once the song started before you know it you can hear everyone in the venue singing along. Scott definitely moves people with his vocals, all night there is something about him that grabs you and that is something special.  

The band exits the stage, the lights stay dim as you know it’s Encore time. Yes the crowd was loud and letting Scott Stapp know that the show is not over. Scott and his bandmates returned to the stage to finish the night with two more songs first being “One Last Breath” and then “My Sacrifice” which killed, the crowd hung on every word as they pretty much have done the whole night on all the other songs. The crowd participation was not an issue at all tonight. Scott Stapp and his bandmates performed and delivered a great set for these fans.

Scott’s energy was felt instantly while even sitting on a stool, but for myself I’m still confused why he would do a “Live and Unplugged” tour as if I were a die hard fan I would want the full blown distorted guitars, loud ass drums and so on. If anything Scott should have done a regular tour with a 3 song acoustic set thrown in maybe at the 3/4 mark into the set. 

I’m not bashing the show it was great. Scott’s powerhouse vocals are bar none in your face incredible, acoustic or not Scott’s passion emotionally comes out regardless but you miss the backbone of the music playing acoustic.  The last time Scott Stapp played here at Arcada Theatre it was a sell out, as for on this night it was not. I don’t like the excuse that it was not sold out because it was a holiday weekend that some fans claim, because other fans I spoke with disagree and said that the live acoustic show left many of their friends from coming out and supporting this tour, as even some other fans I spoke with were hesitant themselves on coming tonight. All and all the fans came from other states as well as down the street to hours away just to see this show and no matter what you can never make everyone happy. Those who came out tonight were not disappointed if anything were thrilled as most were able to purchase the actual live performance of the night that just took place on cd with a portion of the proceeds benefiting ChildFund International! These high quality double CD sets were ready immediately after the show you can literally walk out with what you just experienced. 

Also Scott offered for those who go out in the lobby and donate to the ChildFund International foundation tonight that he would personally shake your hand and thank you and pose for a picture with you. Many of the fans never expected to have that opportunity tonight to meet with Scott so of course Scott Stapp had a great response and a lengthly line ahead of him. Regardless if you like Scott Stapp or you were a fan of Creed get on out and support this “Live and Acoustic Tour” it is not going to disappoint you.

SCOTT STAPP of CREED - Higher - CHICAGO - 5/27/17 - ARCADA THEATER - LIVE & UNPLUGGED TOUR https://youtu.be/P8e9N8JJ3oM

Scott Stapp, Bumblefoot, Dango Cellan, Ben Flanders, Eli Reskow,

1)      Are You Ready
2)      Bullets
3)      My Own Prison
4)      Unforgiven
5)      Torn
6)      What If
7)      Overcome
8)      Weathered
9)      Road House Blues
10)   One
11)   Arms Wide Open
12)   Higher
13)   One Last Breath
14)   My Sacrifice
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