With a title like that one might have expected a relaxed, intimate campfire type of show from the former Creed front man Scott Stapp but it was nothing like that at all. With no opening acts, Scott kicked off the 15 song set with two of Creed’s powerhouse tunes, “Higher” and “What If”. There was no saving the best for last. When you lead off a show like that you have to have confidence the remaining songs are going to keep the crowd engaged and there was no problem doing that at all.
Scott mixed up the set with seven songs from his most recent album ‘Proof Of Life’ and one from 2005′s ‘The Great Divide’. The crowd welcomed the new songs and the short talks Scott gave explaining the songs, his life and his faith. The band was energetic and the crowd was pressed up against the stage the whole night, reaching out their hands to Scott and his band.
Scott’s voice was spot on and as powerful as it was when he was singing to arenas filled with 20,000 people. I believe the only thing he has lost is the demons that haunted him at the end of Creed’s run. A very tough thing to go through but he has done it and come out strong. The new album is on the same quality level as the early Creed albums, not an easy task to pull off after this many years but he did it. Scott Stapp and his band definitely took Bloomington HIGHER and showed ‘Proof Of Life’ after Creed. Pick up the amazing new album and catch Scott on tour this fall. Photos & review by Michael McMillen