If this week is like last week, there may be a lot of rock fans in the Midwest losing faith in Creed.
In an interesting lesson in band-fan relationships, the Florida band is weathering some unkind words from fans unhappy with the group's road performance. That's strange considering that the group built its career in the early days through relentless road trips and fan word-of-mouth.
The road has been bumpy for Creed lately, though. In 2002, the band canceled 20 dates, citing injuries suffered by lead singer Scott Stapp in an April car accident. Then, in October, when Stapp complained of throat ailments, the band had to shuffle around the scheduled makeup dates as well. Some shows, like the Los Angeles stop, were moved repeatedly.
Injury and illness, of course, can be forgiven, but the fans in Chicago at the Dec. 29 performance were downright angry when they caught Stapp on a different kind of bad night. According to many accounts, the singer appeared disorientated, forgot lyrics, spent part of the show prone on the stage and left mid-performance for an extended period.