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Creed in Manila on Friday, Nov. 9

The reformed—and renewed—rock group Creed, known for their anthemic, Christian-themed songs, is set to land in Manila on Friday, Nov. 9. The band is flying in a gig in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The arrival date gives Creed two nights to chill before the band's scheduled show on Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

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"A great evening of music is what we hope to provide! We'll be playing songs from all four albums and are excited to connect with our fans in the Philippines," promised Creed drummer Scott Phillips in a special interview.

The band is led by vocalist Scott Stapp and guitarist Mark Tremonti whose high-recall riffs gave the act its distinct arena sound. Philips and bassist Brian Marshall form Creed's rhythm section.

The break-up

The band, which was formed in 1997, broke up in 2004 due to tensions among members and Stapp's supposed addiction to alcohol and painkillers.  The group re-formed in 2009 and released a fourth album.

"It was certainly a tough time for Creed and our fans," Philips said about the break-up, "but things happen and you move forward the best you can."

He added,  "I believe we've learned from the past and will carry those lessons forward with us as we continue to move along with Creed into the future."

The make-up

Fans have also stood by them. "The reconnection with our fans has been amazing. Something that we cherish very much and are thankful we've had that opportunity since reforming," Philips said.

As for a fifth album, Philips said they're working on it, but at their own time.

"There are songs written for an upcoming recording, but no dates have been set yet to actually record them," Phillips revealed. "We feel this next album for us is an important one, and rushing the process isn't something we want to do. When the time is right, the creative process flowing, and the songs are ready, we'll definitely hit the studio."

Christian rock vs, 'purists'

Creed's biggest hits include "My Sacrifice," "With Arms Wide Open", and "Higher." Other memorable tunes are "My Own Prison," "Torn," "What's This Life For", "One,""What If," "Are You Ready," "One Last Breath," "Hide," "Don't Stop Dancing," "Weathered," "Bullets," "Overcome," "Rain" and " A Thousand Faces."

The hits come from Creed's first three albums, which has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide.

As to criticisms from purist gospel musicians that Christian rock is being is using the "devil's sound" to purvey a positive message, Philips said, "There are all types of music, and all types of lyrical content. Whatever message or feeling the listener gets from that is the important thing to me."

Fox and Starworld are co-presenting the Creed concert in Manila, with Crowne Plaza serving as the group's official residence here.

Visit Ticketnet for more information, or call 911 5555.


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