Published Nov 26, 2020While the rumoured Creed reunion is still yet to be seen, frontman Scott Stapp is looking back on the glory days, even if the past can be a little painful to remember.
Speaking with Kyle Brandt on The Ringer's "10 Questions," Stapp addressed the meme culture surrounding Creed's discography and his singing style, specifically to do with their 1999 Human Clay song, "With Arms Wide Open," saying that even his kids make fun of his vocals all these years later.
"It started with my oldest son and oldest nephew. I'm driving down the street and they're giggling in the back and I was either taking them to practice or taking them to school and was like, 'What are you guys laughing at?' And they're like, 'With arms wide open," he explained.
"Now, 10 years later, my 13-year-old and my 9-year-old now, they were making fun of me in the car about McDonald's always being open. They were hungry and wanted to go get something to eat. They're like, 'Dad, we're hungry,' and I'm like, 'Where do you want to go?' and they bust out together 'McDonald's wide open.'"
Despite the near-constant jabs over the last 20 years, Stapp remains a good sport. As he explained, the years of people ribbing him over his vocal style may have even helped him become a better musician.
"It's also funny to hear how other people hear you. Cause I never heard myself with this over-the-top stuff, but I guess that's the caricature voice of me and it's funny, man. I'm all about picking on myself. It's all good man," Stapp said.
"It's actually helped me as a singer because I've heard that and I've intentionally enunciated differently on different words and syllables. So thank you world, for pointing out a consistent pattern early in my 20s so I could evolve and grow as a singer. You made me better. Thank you."
Watch the interview below, and skip ahead to the 24-minute mark to hear Stapp talk about his kids.