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Concert Review: Bombastic show makes Creed's fans believer

Thursday, August 22, 2002

By Ed Masley, Post-Gazette Pop Music Critic

Creed's detractors have a hard time looking past how shamelessly derivative of Pearl Jam its sound is -- from the drama of the post-Seattle grunge guitar to Scott Stapp's strapping Eddie Vedder imitation on the mike.

And while there's clearly something to that argument, there's more to Creed's appeal than sounding pretty much exactly like a legendary band that hasn't had a hit as big as Creed's most recent efforts since the golden age of flannel in the early '90s.

Judging from the crowd response to Creed's performance last night at the Post-Gazette Pavilion, it certainly doesn't hurt to have a guy out front as likely to be seen as charismatic as Stapp, who thumped his chest Celine Dion-style on the more dramatic numbers while working the stage in leather pants like a slightly more secure Jim Morrison wearing a shirt he'd borrowed from a Chippendale dancer.

The narrated intro to the first song, "Bullets," felt as much like "Purple Rain" as Pearl Jam, until the pyrotechnics kicked in. Then, it could have been Metallica, with giant flames erupting from the onstage candelabras and guitarist Mark Tremonti bringing the chunka-chunk sound of classic '80s metal to the table.

While it was admittedly intense, the band was more effective when it took it down a notch or two on the moodier numbers, from "Say I" and "Torn," a song whose vocals Stapp eventually turned over to the audience, to "My Own Prison," a song he introduced with "This song kind of takes us back a long way, all the way back to 1997. It was kind of our introduction to the world. A lot of you guys were there -- we appreciate it."

He followed "My Own Prison" with a song he said he wrote to welcome his child into the world, "With Arms Wide Open." "Now," he said, "he's teaching me how to love. He's letting me look at the world through new eyes. He's giving me colds."

The song was as sweet as the intro. And the crowd of 13,994 responded with a show of lighters.

In the end, the set was everything you could possibly want in a big, bombastic rock show. It was big, bombastic and elaborately staged, with giant pillars and plenty of fire.

Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell preceded the band with a stripped-down, energetic set that had a more legitimate excuse to sound as early '90s as it did, especially when Cantrell dipped into the Alice catalog.

Ed Masley can be reached at emasley@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1865.

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