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Creed Take A Stand Against Greed

07/23/2010
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Dawn Marie caught up with Creed's Mark Tremonti as the band prepare to kick off their 20-10 tour next week. The conversation covered a lot of ground, including what Mark feels is the biggest misconception about Creed. Normally, his response would be a headline but later in the interview he shattered another misconception that all mega-platinum bands are all greedy. While that's true of most, Mark definitely sets the record straight where Creed stands. Here are a few excerpts from Dawn Marie's interview:

antiMusic What was the thought process behind offering tickets for $10 and $20 on your latest tour? - Tremonti: The economy is the reason. Everybody I know has been really affected and hurt by it. you see all these ticket prices going for $100 nowadays and nobody's taking into account that people can't afford that and tours are getting canceled left and right. We just wanted to strip down our show and just play the songs that people really want to hear. Anybody can afford a ten dollar ticket. We just wanted to give something back to our fans that have been there since day one. We realize that not everybody can afford to spend a bunch of money these days.

antiMusic: Do you think this is the way other bands will be going to show their unhappiness about ticket pricing and add-on fees? - Tremonti: I hope so. People have gotten ridiculous with all their fees and bands with their ticket prices. Its one thing if you are going to go see U2 and they are putting on the biggest spectacle you've ever seen in your life. But with us we don't have to blow things up all night and put on a spectacle. We just play our songs. I'm sure that a lot of other bands could do the same thing just to let people see their favorite bands. Fans just want to see you in person and see you play your music. It's a simple as that.

antiMusic: What is your feeling about bit torrent sites that allow for free downloading of your music? - Tremonti: I definitely don't think that people should steal music from other folks. But I do think a $20 a CD is ridiculous. I think with the internet people should pay something reasonable-- a dollar a song sounds reasonable to me. If people aren't willing to pay that then they shouldn't be willing to steal something. People have to make a living. I think people don't have any sympathy for a guy in a rock band. No one feels sorry for a guy out there living the dream so they feel like they're not suffering. But there are a lot of bands that are going under; you just can't stay a float anymore. Pretty soon I think record labels will be dinosaurs. Who knows what the future will hold.
- Now about that headlining making misconception of Creed, find out what it is here!

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