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Scott Stapp talks about his public breakdown, launching a comeback, keeping Creed songs alive and more



The world's perception of Scott Stapp changed with one grainy, black and white, vertically filmed Facebook video.

Uploaded on Nov. 26, 2014, the 16-minute clip featured Stapp, alone, in the throes of a paranoid breakdown, calmly updating fans on what he perceived to be the reality of his life. He was broke. Living out of his truck and a Holiday Inn. Under a "pretty vicious attack" from his music associates and family, who he said was trying to have him committed.

As the singer of Creed, one of the most successful yet critically maligned rock bands of the 25 years, Stapp had always been a target for derision. This video, and a few more that followed, made him seem tragic, broken, at the end of life's rope.

"I was kind of shattered into a million pieces," Stapp said in a recent phone interview from his home in Boca Raton. "I went through an experience in dealing with bipolar (disorder) that nearly took my life, and definitely changed me forever."

More than a year after the video, Stapp, 42, is launching his public comeback with a solo tour that begins Friday at the Palladium in St. Petersburg. Tickets are $25.50 and up. Click here for details.

For more of our interview with Scott Stapp, click here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 13, 2016 9:11am]


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