Creed Leaves Philly Fans With Arms Wide Open

Photos by: Steve Trager
Tower Theater
Upper Darby, PA 

April 16, 2012

The 90’s exploded with some great bands that have paved their way into the hearts of countless generations. While music as we know it is always evolving and churning up some great new talent, we sometimes forget about the pioneers and the ones that set the pace with album after album and tour after tour. One such band is Creed. Since their inception in the late nineties, Creed have earned themselves several top ten singles and a couple multi platinum albums.

After disbanding in 2004, Creed reunited in 2009/2010 for what many say was one hell of a major comeback. For those that followed the band in their early days, they say it seems as if the band never fell off the rock boat after all. Creed is once again a musical force to be reckoned with.

Currently out on the road supporting yet another run of tour dates, Creed returned to Upper Darby, just a skip away from the Philly border, to the infamous Tower Theater for two back to back shows. Luckily enough, in this market along with 5 other dates, Creed pulled out the complete live versions of My Own Prison and Human Clay, along with a greatest hits package rounding out the encores.

My Own Prison put Creed in the limelight with five brilliant hits, which still today can often be heard on active rock radio. It is always great to see any band this magnitude perform in such an intimate setting.

While Creed has always been a great band to see live, the lust in having a packed venue seems to rapidly diminish as years pass by for this band. Yet their live shows are nothing short of great. I myself have always been a Creed fan, seen them perform in every venue around here. And it also seems that there’s still a bunch of eager fans who still support the band. That’s a testament to how great their performances actually are.
Eve to Adam

Warming up the Tower show during the first of 2 stellar shows in PA was Queens, New York rockers Eve to Adam. For the duration of their 45 minute set, which kicked off at 7:30pm,  Eve to Adam sounded great and warmed of the hot seat for Creed’s later performance. While I enjoy cover songs done by other bands that strikingly pull that off quite well, Eve to Adam tossed in Alice Cooper’s Schools Out which sounded great. The band appears to have a good following and I’m sure they picked up quite a few new fans here tonight.

After a quick 35 minute change over, the stage was set for Creed which graced the stage promptly at 8:40 to a packed lower level Tower Theater. While Creed performed the entire My Own Prison during the first night of the show, Creed never sounded better with front man Scott Stapp holding the reigns. His voice is still in perfect shape and right on key in every song and chorus, which was just like all the previous shows I’ve seen. 
Creed’s light show has always been dark and mysterious, where at key moments it got bright, got semi dark, then got totally back lit. It was great to see the crowd in rare form tonight, singing along to My Own Prison, especially songs like Torn, One, Arms Wide Open, and Higher.

Each of those songs never sounded more freshly polished live then ever before. There’s definitely no better way to see Creed on this tour than in an up close and personal venue like the Tower Theater.

Set List:
My Own Prison
Pity For a Dime
In America
What’s This Life For
Say I
Thousand Faces
Arms Wide Open
One Last Breath
My Sacrifice
Eve to Adam 
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