CREED celebrates the 25th anniversary of ‘Human Clay’

In September 1999, CREED – a rising rock band from Tallahassee, Florida – released their second album, Human Clay. Full of anthemic hits, including “Higher,” “What If,” “Are You Ready?,” and the GRAMMY®-winning “With Arms Wide Open,” Human Clay propelled CREED (Scott Stapp, Mark Tremonti, Brian Marshall, and Scott Phillips) to the top of the Billboard charts, going on to become one of the best-selling albums of all time. Now, 25 years later, CREED celebrate the anniversary of the Diamond-certified album with a bonus-filled reissue.

Arriving August 16th, the deluxe 2-CD release features the newly remastered original album, plus a wealth of bonus material, including a complete, never-before-heard concert recording, captured in San Antonio, Texas in 1999. A deluxe digital edition of the album also features six additional bonus tracks, including alternate versions of “Higher” and “With Arms Wide Open,” and a cover of the Doors classic “Roadhouse Blues” featuring the Doors guitarist and founding member, Robby Krieger (recorded live at Woodstock ’99).

Fans who pre-order the album today can stream or download an advance 3-track EP, which offers “With Arms Wide Open (Live),” plus a rare acoustic performance of the same track and the newly remastered album version. All formats can be pre-ordered at https://found.ee/humanclay25.

The original 11-track album can also be found on a series of limited-edition 2-LP pressings, available on colour vinyl for the first time, including Grey Smoke (available widely, shown above) and Black & Grey Splatter (exclusively via the official CREED store), plus other international variants.

To gear up for the reunion, the band are remastering their iconic music videos in HD. Head to CREED’s official YouTube channel to watch the newly restored videos for “With Arms Wide Open” and “Higher,” and more special announcements will be made in the near future.

Released in September 1999, Human Clay cemented CREED as certified superstars, debuting at No.1 on the Billboard 200, where it remained for a record-breaking 104 weeks. The album’s first single, “Higher,” spent a whopping 57 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No.7, and topping the Mainstream Rock and Modern Rock charts for 17 weeks. The 2x Platinum single “With Arms Wide Open,” became CREED’s first No.1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100—a spot it held for four weeks – and earned the band a GRAMMY for Best Rock Song and a nod for Best Rock Vocal Performance.

Human Clay has sold over 11 million copies in the US alone, achieving a rare Diamond certification by the RIAA. In 2009, it ranked at No.5 on Billboard’s 200 Albums of the Decade roundup. Today, it remains one of the best-selling albums of all time in the US, while it has sold over 20 million copies worldwide.

“Twenty-five years ago, we could have never guessed we’d be celebrating Human Clay’s lasting impact while embarking on a whole new chapter together in 2024. Then and now, it’s the fans who’ve embraced these songs and found a deeper connection to them as they’ve progressed in their lives. Now, we’re reconnecting with these songs like it’s the first time and seeing the impact on a whole new generation” reflects Scott Stapp.

Human Clay [Deluxe Edition] Tracklist (2-CD, Digital)

Disc 1

1. Are You Ready?

2. What If

3. Beautiful

4. Say I

5. Wrong Way

6 . Faceless Man

7. Never Die

8. With Arms Wide Open

9. Higher

10. Wash Away Those Years

11. Inside Us All

12. With Arms Wide Open (Strings Version)

13. Young Grow Old

14. To Whom It May Concern

15. Is This The End?

16. Roadhouse Blues (Live) #

17. I’m Eighteen #

18. Higher (Radio Edit) #

19. With Arms Wide Open (Single Version) #

20. What If (Radio Edit) #

21. With Arms Wide Open (Acoustic Version) #

Disc 2

1. Are You Ready? (Live) *

2. Ode (Live) *

3. Torn (Live) *

4. Beautiful (Live) *

5. Illusion (Live) *

6. Say I (Live) *

7. My Own Prison (Live) *

8. What If (Live) *

9. With Arms Wide Open (Live) *

10. Faceless Man (Live) *

11. What’s This Life For (Live) *

12. One (Live) *

13. Higher (Live) *

Live from San Antonio, TX – 11/4/1999

* previously unreleased

# Expanded digital album only

Human Clay Tracklist (2-LP)

Side A

1. Are You Ready?

2. What If

3. Beautiful

Side B

1. Say I

2. Wrong Way

3. Faceless Man

Side C

1. Never Die

2. With Arms Wide Open

3. Higher

Side D

1. Wash Away Those Years

2. Inside Us All

With more than 53 million albums sold worldwide, CREED remains one of modern rock’s most successful acts. Now, 30 years into their incredible journey, CREED is bigger than ever. In late 2023, the Texas Rangers made “Higher” their unofficial anthem, as it spurred them to their first World Series win. Earlier this year, the song appeared in a high-profile Paramount+ Super Bowl commercial, while a NASCAR Daytona 500 campaign also incorporated the hit single. Along the way, CREED has gained a new generation of fans, thanks to countless TikTok videos that feature their songs. The band will make their return to network television on Monday, June 17th when they perform their classic hit, “Higher” on Good Morning America and “My Sacrifice” on GMA3.

Last summer, after an 11-year hiatus, CREED announced their long-awaited reunion—returning to the stage for the first time in April 2024 at the sold-out Summer of ’99 Cruise and Summer of ’99 and Beyond Cruise. In May, meanwhile, the band’s multiplatinum-selling Greatest Hits collection made its wide debut on vinyl (via Craft), this month landing the collection back into the Billboard 200 (currently No.166, in a list of the most consumed albums in the U.S.), as well as hitting Top Hard Rock & Alternative Albums (No.48), Top Alternative Albums (No.21), and moving up the Top Hard Rock Albums rankings (No.11). Originally issued in 2004, the 14-track compilation spans the band’s first three albums (1997’s My Own Prison, 1999’s Human Clay, and 2001’s Weathered).

In the months ahead, fans can catch the band on their U.S. Summer of ’99 Tour (currently Sold Out) running from July through September, where they’ll be joined by the likes of 3 Doors Down, Finger Eleven, Switchfoot, Fuel, Big Wreck, and Daughtry. The band will be heading into arenas this November and December on the Are You Ready? Tour with 3 Doors Down and Mammoth WVH in the US and Mammoth WVH and Finger Eleven in Canada. Scroll down to see a complete list of shows or visit the band’s official website for tickets and more info.

CREED: SUMMER OF ‘99 TOUR DATES:

Supporting Acts: + 3 Doors Down | ^ Daughtry | * Switchfoot | x Tonic | # Big Wreck | = Finger Eleven

July 17 | Green Bay, WI | Resch Center * = (Sold Out)

July 19 | Monticello, IA | Great Jones County Fair * = (Sold Out)

July 20 | Walker, MN | Moondance Jam * = (Sold Out)

July 23 | Simpsonville, SC | CCNB Amphitheatre at Heritage Park * = (Sold Out)

July 24 | Charlotte, NC | PNC Music Pavilion + = (Sold Out)

July 26 | Bristow, VA | Jiffy Lube Live + = (Sold Out)

July 27 | Virginia Beach, VA | Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach + = (Sold Out)

July 30 | Toronto, ON | Budweiser Stage # = (Sold Out)

July 31 | Clarkston, MI | Pine Knob Music Theatre + = (Sold Out)

August 2 | Cincinnati, OH | Riverbend Music Center + = (Sold Out)

August 3 | Burgettstown, PA | The Pavilion at Star Lake + = (Sold Out)

August 6 | Bridgeport, CT | Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater x = (Sold Out)

August 7| Holmdel, NJ | PNC Bank Arts Center + = (Sold Out)

August 9 | St. Louis, MO | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis, MO + = (Sold Out)

August 10 | Indianapolis, IN | Ruoff Music Center + = (Sold Out)

August 13 | Nashville, TN | Ascend Amphitheater x = (Sold Out)

August 14 | Pelham, AL | Oak Mountain Amphitheatre + = (Sold Out)

August 16 | Tinley Park, IL | Credit Union 1 Amphitheatre + = (Sold Out)

August 17 | Welch, MN | Treasure Island Amphitheater + = (Sold Out)

August 20 | Gilford, NH | BankNH Pavilion x = (Sold Out)

August 21 | Boston, MA | Xfinity Center + = (Sold Out)

August 23 | Hershey, PA | Hersheypark Stadium + = (Sold Out)

August 24 | Saratoga Springs, NY | Broadview Stage at SPAC + = (Sold Out)

August 31 | San Bernardino, CA | Glen Helen Amphitheater (Summer of ’99 & Beyond Festival with 3 Doors Down, Daughtry, Finger Eleven, Hinder, Fuel, Vertical Horizon, The Verve Pipe) (Sold Out)

September 1 | Wheatland, CA | Toyota Amphitheatre + = (Sold Out)

September 4 | Phoenix, AZ | Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre + = (Sold Out)

September 6 | Salt Lake City, UT | Utah First Credit Union Amphitheatre + = (Sold Out)

September 7 | Denver, CO | Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre + = (Sold Out)

September 10 | Rogers, AR | Walmart AMP ^ = (Sold Out)

September 11 | Dallas, TX | Dos Equis Pavilion + = (Sold Out)

September 13 | San Antonio, TX | Frost Bank Center + = (Sold Out)

September 14 | Houston, TX | The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman + = (Sold Out)

September 16 | Brandon, MS | Brandon Amphitheater ^ = (Sold Out)

September 18| Raleigh, NC | Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek + = (Sold Out)

September 20 | Tampa, FL | MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds + = (Sold Out)

September 21 | West Palm Beach, FL | iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre + = (Sold Out)

September 24 | Jacksonville, FL | Daily’s Place x =(Sold Out)

September 25 | Alpharetta, GA | Ameris Bank Amphitheatre + = (Sold Out)

September 27 | Darien Lake, NY | Darien Lake Amphitheater + = (Sold Out)

September 28 | Atlantic City, NJ | Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena + = (Sold Out)

 

CREED: “ARE YOU READY?” TOUR DATES:

Supporting Acts: * 3 Doors Down/Mammoth WVH | ^ Mammoth WVH/Finger Eleven

 

November 02 | Oklahoma City, OK | Paycom Center *

November 03 | Little Rock, AR | Simmons Bank Arena *

November 06 | Kansas City, MO | T-Mobile Center *

November 08 | Nashville, TN | Bridgestone Arena *

November 09 | Biloxi, MS | Mississippi Coast Coliseum * (Sold Out)

November 12 | Corpus Christi, TX | American Bank Center Arena *

November 13 | Fort Worth, TX | Dickies Arena *

November 15 | Austin, TX | Moody Center ATX *

November 16 | Bossier City, LA | Brookshire Grocery Arena *

November 19 | Grand Rapids, MI | Van Andel Arena *

November 20 | Detroit, MI | Little Caesars Arena *

November 22 | Cleveland, OH | Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse *

November 23 | Baltimore, MD | CFG Bank Arena *

November 25 | Montreal, QC | Bell Centre ^

November 27 | Toronto, ON | Scotiabank Arena ^

November 29 | New York, NY | Madison Square Garden *

November 30 | Bangor, ME | Cross Insurance Center *

December 02 | Allentown, PA | PPL Center *

December 04 | Atlanta, GA | State Farm Arena *

December 05 | Orlando, FL | Kia Center *

About CREED

The GRAMMY and American Music Award-winning Creed formed in Tallahassee, Florida, in 1994. The more than one billion streams between “Higher,” “My Sacrifice,” “One Last Breath,” “With Arms Wide Open,” and “My Own Prison” on Spotify alone is a testament to the band’s enduring power. Nearly 30 years after Creed’s formation, the ubiquitous anthems composed by singer Scott Stapp and guitarist Mark Tremonti, performed for millions of fans around the world together with drummer Scott Phillips and bassist Brian Marshall, are part of modern rock and alternative’s DNA. My Own Prison (1997) is one of the late 20th century’s biggest debuts. Human Clay (1999) and Weathered (2001) both entered the Billboard 200 chart at No.1. Full Circle (2009), released after a hiatus, bowed at No.1 on the Top Rock, Hard Rock, and Alternative charts and No.2 on the Billboard 200. With more than 53 million albums sold worldwide, Creed stands alongside iconic bands like Van Halen, Guns N’ Roses, and Metallica as one of an elite few hard rock outfits to earn RIAA Diamond-certified status, for more than 11 million sales of Human Clay in the United States. After an eleven-year hiatus, Creed officially reunited in July 2023 and announced that they would be headlining two different Summer of ’99 cruise festivals in April 2024 which resulted in immediate sell-outs and more North American tour dates this year.

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Photo: Chuck Brueckmann

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