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Rock group Creed announce split
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Creed enjoyed huge success during their eight years together
Grammy-winning rock group Creed have announced they have split, with three members already forming another band, minus singer Scott Stapp.

The group, known for their Christian-inspired songs, called it a day after eight years.

Drummer Scott Phillips said that while no-one was to blame for the split "it just stopped being fun".

Creed's three albums, including Human Clay, sold a combined 24 million copies in the US.

The band won rock artist of the year at the Billboard Music Awards in 1998, 1999 and 2000.

Phillips, guitarist Mark Tremonti and former Creed bassist Brian Marshall have already formed a band called Alter Bridge, with an album due out in August.

"We don't want to make it seem like it's just Creed with a different singer," said Phillips.

Although often described as a Christian band, Creed themselves always maintained they were not because they did not want to push their own religious beliefs on others.

'Vibe change'

Tremonti recently explained that his long friendship with Stapp had soured in recent years, which led to tensions in the band.

Creed had taken a year off from recording and touring, and Phillips said that when the time came to reconvene "the vibe just wasn't the same".

In 2003, four fans filed a lawsuit against the group following a Chicago concert, claiming singer Stapp was "intoxicated".

The previous year the band had to scrap a tour when Stapp was injured in a car crash.

Stapp has already recorded a solo track which will be featured on an album of music inspired by the movie The Passion of the Christ.




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