Scott Stapp @ Fort McDowell Casino

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The lead singer of a band that sold 25 million albums is performing a solo acoustic show in a smallish venue. That should probably be a pretty big deal, but most people wouldn't go to see Scott Stapp on a bet. There aren't too many living frontmen more despised than this guy, and he probably deserves most of the scorn. Sex tapes are old hat, but when you drape your music in a terrible Osteenian Christian veneer while everyone might suspect you're living the rock 'n' roll lifestyle backstage, no one wants to see your hypocrisy in visual form. Scott Stapp has made an entire career out of aping a single guttural vocal riff Eddie Vedder delivered on Pearl Jam's debut album. Thankfully, Stapp seems to be fading into the distance. The Creed reunion wasn't received with the same fervor the band experienced when "With Arms Wide Open" dominated the airwaves and, in fact, the band's most recent record, Full Circle, hasn't even gone gold. But, if you're a fan, you'll be there regardless of any criticism that we mortals have for him. Lord willing, we won't have Scott Stapp to kick around for much longer.

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