“By stripping down my show, I can reveal a rawer side of me as an artist and performer. I think it’s maybe even a truer representation of who I am,” says Scott Stapp in a phone call from New York. He soon will be playing stripped-down acoustic sets of both Creed hits and his own solo material at Red Rock hotel-casino. Stapp’s work is even more emotionally grandiose than what he does with Creed, but at least he’s worked up about something “I always talk about love, because that’s what’s always in my heart,” he says. When, in his song “The Great Divide,” from his 2005 album of the same name, he sings, “I have run to the ocean/Through the horizon/Chased the sun/I’ve waited for the light to come,” no one should doubt him, given his earlier battle with the bottle. He’s transcended that battle to offer a solid musical purpose: “Music nowadays is produced for mass consumption and void of good messages,” he says. “I can safely say that Creed always has a message. We pride ourselves on delivering what’s in our hearts and minds.”
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.