Creed was one of the biggest bands of the '90s, and no amount of personal revision can change the fact you definitely know all the words to “With Arms Wide Open.” They won pretty much every award a rock band can win, and Creed frontman Scott Stapp was one of the biggest rock stars of the '90s.
So what happened to Creed? In 2002, the band began a fast decline as Stapp started to abuse drugs and alcohol. After Creed disbanded, any time you saw Scott Stapp in the news, chances are it was for some kind of humiliating, drunken gaffe.
It’s probably been a few years since you thought about Scott Stapp, and maybe now you’re wondering what he’s up to. Is he okay? Are his arms still wide open? Many of these-not-so-fun facts about Scott Stapp are harrowing, but he has worked hard to lead a full life on a sober path. In fact, the once disgraced rocker has a lot of positive things going for him; he joined supergroup Art of Anarchy and has a supportive and loving family who has stuck with him through his darkest of times. That’s not bad for a guy who was in one of the worst bands of the '90s.
He Had A Full-On Meltdown In 2014 And Thought The Government Was After Him
In 2014, Stapp finally snapped. He began going on drug and booze fueled rants and he thought the government was after him. He told Loudwire: "I was in a parallel universe, man. I thought I was freaking Jason Bourne... It was scary and it was so real to me. I really thought government agencies were tracking me and trying to do experiments on me and people were tapped into my cell phone and computer. It was scary."
He also began sending crazed text messages to his wife, Jacyln, that were absolutely bananas. One text read, "Florida is not safe. Biological weapons on the way. U have to leave with kids and meet me in Atlanta.” Another read, "I’m coming to get you Satan and children. No mercy. You know how this ends. God created you and now God is ending you."
He Thought He Was A Secret Agent Who Needed To Assassinate President Obama
During Stapp's 2014 meltdown, he claimed to be a CIA agent who needed to kill President Obama. He was apparently so serious about the threats that the Secret Service paid him a visit. He told the Chicago Tribune, "They came and checked things out. They showed up and asked me questions."
The Secret Service didn't think Stapp was a threat, so they left him be. Stapp moved onto another target and sent his wife a text which read, “I wouldn’t doubt it if the CIA is behind Alcoholics Anonymous.”
He Shot Up His House With Machine Guns In 2003
After the 2001 release of the Creed album Weathered, Stapp had a manic episode in which he decided he was going to commit suicide by shooting himself in the head with two machine guns. He'd just stopped taking Percocet, Xanax, and the steroid prednisone, but he was still drinking heavily. He told Rolling Stone, "I wanted to end my life.”
One night in 2003 while he was home alone, he slammed whiskey and grabbed two MP5 machine guns. He decided to become a "Kurt Cobain martyr-type," believing his death would help sell more records. After putting the guns to his head, he remembered his 4-year-old son and decided to shoot up the house instead.
He Got Into A Fist Fight With Members Of 311
After Creed disbanded in 2004, Scott Stapp embarked on a solo career that was derailed by his drug and alcohol abuse. In 2005, he ran into the band 311 at the Harbor Court Hotel in Baltimore, MD, while they were trying to have a night off; Stapp ended up getting into a fist fight with most of the group.
The band's singer, S.A. Martinez said, "We had just finished dinner and were at the hotel bar to watch the Lakers game when Scott Stapp walked in being very loud and obnoxious."
Things came to a head when Stapp sat down next to Martinez and his wife and started making passes at her. When 311's drummer, Chad Sexton, asked Stapp to leave, the former Creed frontman threw a punch at Sexton but hit Martinez's wife instead. Then 311's bass player got into it. Stapp's girlfriend eventually had to sit on his chest to keep him from getting up. No charges were pressed.