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Mark Tremonti: Commitment to Alter Bridge Led to Tension With Scott Stapp

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After the dissolution of Creed, the band’s members minus Scott Stapp went on to rejuvenate their career with Alter Bridge. And though Creed eventually reunited, guitarist Mark Tremonti reveals the rest of the band’s commitment to Alter Bridge didn’t sit well with Creed vocalist Scott Stapp.

In a new interview with Kerrang, Tremonti states, “When you singlehandedly bring a band to its knees like he had done, and we all split up, and then you build something, you’re not all of a sudden going to just jump back to the other band and forget what you’ve built.”

He recalls, “I think [Scott] took all his frustrations out on me. We were having lunch in catering. He was like, ‘Hey man, what are you doing in January,’ and I’m like, ‘I’m going into the studio with Alter Bridge. We’ve talked about this.’ He’s like, ‘Really?’ From then on, we didn’t speak — on tour, on stage — didn’t speak.”

Tremonti states that he’ll “never say never” to reviving Creed again, but that it doesn’t seem likely anytime soon given his commitments to both Alter Bridge and his solo project Tremonti.

“I’ve just got to the point with my life where I’ve got so much going on that I’m excited about that I don’t want to get back into anything that’s stressful or brings any kind of negativity into my life. I think I’ve worked hard enough to have other positive things going on,” says the guitarist.

Last fall, Stapp endured a public meltdown that included a period living in his truck, a petition for divorce by his wife and a request for a psychiatric hold. Tremonti told us earlier this year that the vocalist eventually did get help, completing a stint in rehab. Stapp later revealed that he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and was “out of my mind” during his meltdown. He and his wife are now attempting to mend their relationship and will appear on episodes of VH1’s Couples Therapy later this year.

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