Review and Photos By: Jana Sustersic
As a lifelong rocker and Creed fan, I must say I was very excited to be given the chance to write a review for their concert at the Orpheum Theater. What I witnessed that night was a powerful, well-trained, and tight band that sounded almost better than they do on the recordings.
Formed in 1995, Creed has survived many ups and downs. From diamond-selling albums to controversial shows in 2002 that lead to their break-up in 2004, Creed is definitely a band we all wanted to see back on stage. The newly reunited Creed recorded Full Circle in 2009 and kicked off a new tour with a completely new passion and force.
Joined by young and energetic guitarist Eric Friedman, the band brought an incredible show to Boston. Creed performed their two first albums in order, opening the show with “Are You Ready” from the Human Clay album followed by the famous “With Arms Wide Open.” However, their closing performance of “My Sacrifice” was perhaps the most powerful of the night.
All of the arrangements were tight and fresh, the sound was forceful, and the band sounded better than ever. But what I found particularly interesting was the audience at the Orpheum that night. It was extremely versatile for a band with such a strong rock reputation and sound. It made me wonder, and later on understand, the greatness of Creed. Between their authentic powerful sound and the number of mainstream hits they’ve had, Creed has managed to not only unite a diverse audience, but reunite themselves.