Creed's AllState Stadium Chicago performance (lost live recordings of rock band; 2002)
In December 2002, American rock band Creed was preparing to end their world tour, in support of their third album, Weathered. They put on a final show in Chicago's AllState Stadium (now known as the AllState Arena) which ended up being one of the most infamous moments for the band and has been said to be one of the worst performances by a major-label band by some.
A major reason for the poor performance came from frontman Scott Stapp, as he had just recovered from a major throat infection and had been advised to take very powerful antibiotics. Right before the performance, he also drank an entire bottle of whiskey despite the medicine bottle's warning labels. The combination of powerful medicine and whiskey caused Scott to appear inept and inebriated on stage, as well as mumbling incoherently for around five songs, and ultimately deciding to lay down on stage and take a nap.
A few minutes later, he woke up and attempted to continue the show, but officials decided to end the show at that point. Fans eventually sued the band for several million dollars, and the band broke up the following year.
Aside from a few surviving stills of the performance, no footage has surfaced. It is likely that some footage exists, as fans claim to have taken video on early camera phones as well as a couple of people who successfully snuck in their digital cameras. It is speculated that footage is removed whenever it is put up online, as Creed's management aims to keep the band's reputation as clean as possible, especially with Scott's new "sober" lifestyle.
On November 19th of 2019, a user of the Lost Media Wiki named Roystorey said that while researching the incident, he found a thread on the Creed fansite, CreedFeed, from January of 2006, where a handful of photos of the show were posted and still up. These were taken by attendee Tony Martino, and contains at least two shots of the moment where Scott performs laying down.
- Buzzfeed's article on Creed's Chicago Allstate Stadium performance. Retrieved 15 Aug '18
- Rolling Stone's article on the lawsuit against the band. Retrieved 15 Aug '18
- CreedFeed thread containing photos from the show and a bit more information. Retrieved 19 Nov '19