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Scott Stapp, solo and acoustic at Riviera Theatre

Scott Stapp is best known for his time as the lead singer of Creed. His growling, gravely voice is most recognizable in '90s and 2000s chart-topping power ballads like “With Arms Wide Open.”

In recent years, though, Stapp has been touring solo. The Grammy award-winning musician’s "Live and Unplugged" spring tour will be stopping on May 24 at the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda.

Stapp’s most recent album, “Proof of Life,” was released in 2013 and showed a turning point in his career when it appeared on Christian music charts.

In his younger years, Stapp struggled with addiction, and undiagnosed bipolar disorder, which led to public panic attacks. More recently, he has been sharing his story in interviews, a memoir titled "Sinner’s Creed" and his music in an attempt to “bring hope to even one person,” his website says.

If this performance is like his previous solo shows, the audience shouldn’t expect Stapp to tell stories of his struggles between songs. Instead, Stapp lets his music do this work for him with songs from “Proof of Life” like “Slow Suicide” as well as Creed’s classic hits like “Higher.”

Info: Scott Stapp performs at 7:30 p.m. May 24 at the Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Opening are Art of Dying and Jeremy of Willet. Tickets are $31.50.

Related: Read a 2002 review of a Creed show at Darien Lake

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