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 Tower Theatre in Upper Darby. For $23, you get one ticket for orchestra-level seating (up to a $46.50 value, including all fees). Choose between the following concerts:
- Complete My Own Prison performance on Monday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m.
- Complete Human Clay performance on Tuesday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m.<p>
When the members of Creed parted ways in 2004, they left at the top of their game. Their unique brand of throbbing hard rock and post-grunge, with its spiritual metaphors laden with 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 double dose of platinum-selling hits.
On April 16, the band blazes through its debut album, My Own Prison, which spawned No. 1 hits such as “Torn” and “What’s This Life For.” The next evening, they tear into sophomore album Human Clay —home of the runaway smash “Higher”—with the hunger and passion of four ambitious kids in a garage. 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 threatens the 1920s architecture of the theater 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 bashes the skins like a gleeful whack-a-mole champ. Each concert will complement its full-album rendition with more recent songs from Weathered and Full Circle.
Several decades of disparate architectural styles stand at the corner of 69th and Ludlow: an old-fashioned radio tower atop the Doric columns of a faux-classical cupola atop a streamlined marquee that broadcasts the year the Tower Theatre opened as a music venue: 1972. That's when it began helping introduce the world to such acts as David Bowie, Genesis, and Bruce Springsteen. Inside, red lights glow over an auditorium done up in the 1920s style of the movie palace that originally filled the venue, with marble pillars, Italianate archways, and an enormous light fixture that resembles an old film reel.