Rumors are swirling that CREED is preparing for a momentous tour commemorating the 25th anniversary of their best-selling album, “Human Clay”
In a recent update on Thursday, July 13, the CREED social media channels shared an enticing 18-second video. Accompanied by the track “Are You Ready?“—the opening song from “Human Clay,” released in September 1999—the video features nostalgic early photos of the band. The teaser concludes with the message “Let’s Go Back To The Summer Of ’99” and a promise to unveil further details on Wednesday, July 19.
The iconic “Human Clay” album, boasting global sales exceeding 20 million units, features a collection of hits, including “Higher,” “What If,” “Are You Ready?,” and the Grammy Award-winning single “With Arms Wide Open.”
Following the immense success of their grunge-infused debut album, “My Own Prison,” the band returned to the studio with producer John Kurzweg (known for his work with PUDDLE OF MUDD and GODSMACK) to craft their sophomore effort. “Human Clay,” released in 1999, propelled the Tallahassee, Florida-based band into mainstream stardom.
The album, driven by the anthemic lead single “Higher,” skyrocketed to the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart, solidifying CREED‘s position as one of the world’s biggest bands. The infectious track “Higher” spent an astonishing 57 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 7. The third single, “With Arms Wide Open,” granted CREED their first No. 1 hit on the pop charts in July of the following year. Penned by frontman Scott Stapp upon discovering he would become a father, the heartfelt tune earned the band a Grammy Award for “Best Rock Song” in 2001.
To date, “Human Clay” has sold over 11 million copies in the United States alone, achieving a rare diamond certification from the RIAA. This esteemed recognition places the band’s album alongside legendary works such as THE BEATLES‘ “Abbey Road,” Prince‘s “Purple Rain,” and NIRVANA‘s “Nevermind,” solidifying its position as one of the top-selling albums in American history.
The tremendous success of CREED can be attributed in large part to the prolific songwriting duo of Scott Stapp and guitarist Mark Tremonti, who co-founded the band in 1993. Their winning formula of compelling guitar riffs, captivating hooks, and introspective lyrics captivated a dedicated global fanbase. After releasing their first two albums, the four-piece ensemble—also comprising bassist Brian Marshall and drummer Scott Phillips—achieved an unprecedented feat of seven consecutive No. 1 singles on Billboard’s Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. Their third album, “Weathered” (2001), also debuted at No. 1, spawning several chart-topping hits, including “My Sacrifice” and “One Last Breath.”
Although CREED announced their disbandment in 2004, the group briefly reunited in 2009 to release “Full Circle.” Displaying a heavier sound compared to their previous works, “Full Circle” debuted at an impressive No. 2 on the Billboard 200, proving the enduring impact of the band. Since then, Scott Stapp has pursued a solo career, touring and recording as a solo artist. However, he faced personal challenges, including a drug-related mental breakdown in 2014, from which he spent several years recovering.
As anticipation builds surrounding the rumored 25th-anniversary tour for “Human Clay,” fans eagerly await further details from CREED, anticipating an unforgettable celebration of the album that shaped their musical journey.
— Creed (@Creed) July 13, 2023