Rock's essential elements are guitar, vocals, bass, and drums, a combination that balances rhythm with melody and allows for nonstop games of bridge on the tour bus. Take in a typically genteel entertainment with this GrouponLive deal to see Creed at The Fillmore. For $35, you get two tickets for reserved seating in the upper balcony on Thursday, May 31, at 7 p.m. (up to a $70 value, including fees).
When the members of Creed parted ways in 2004, they left at the top of their game. Their unique brand of post-grunge laced with spiritual metaphors and naked emotion had catapulted them from anonymous to ubiquitous in a time span comparable to the rise of The Beatles. After a tense breakup under the pressures of fame, lead singer Scott Stapp and all the original members have reunited to treat fans to a set of platinum-selling hits. Their debut album, My Own Prison, spawned No. 1 songs such as “Torn” and “What’s This Life For,” and sophomore effort Human Clay—home of the runaway smash “Higher,” exuded the hunger and passion of four ambitious kids in a garage. Third record Weathered turned up the distortion even louder during gnarled tunes such as "Bullets," and 2009's Full Circle returned the band to its radio-friendly sound of yore.
Grounded in an ultra-intense stage presence, Stapp's vocals range from a huge, soaring tone to a tiger-like growl to a wolf-full-of-bear-meat howl. Guitarist Mark Tremonti quakes the stage with his own tower of Mesa amps and arena-size riffs. Propelling the songs' chugging rhythms, Brian Marshall’s bass sweeps audiences into an undertow of low end, and Scott Phillips threatens the 1920s architecture of the theater with his thunderous drumming. Fans in the balcony drink in panoramic views of the historic former movie house, gazing up at its intricate dome or looking down at its signature chandeliers that twinkle every time a crowdsurfer climbs back into his board shorts.