Scott Stapp of Creed/Drowning Pool/Sick Puppies/Trapt/Adelitas Way

Amp Entertainment & Savory Downtown Presents:

Scott Stapp of Creed/Drowning Pool/Sick Puppies/Trapt/Adelitas Way

Sat, September 2, 2017

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 6:30 pm

Exhibition Hall

Watertown, NY

$35-$90

This event is all ages

Amp Entertainment and Savory Downtown Presents:

The MAKE AMERICA ROCK AGAIN tour is back for its second annual sojourn, bringing America’s biggest and best hard-rocking party to your backyard! The tour will feature a stellar line-up consisting of lauded Creed vocalist Scott Stapp in the headlining spot (performing Creed hits with his full band), alt-rock giants Sick Puppies, massive heavy rockers Drowning Pool, modern rock royalty Trapt, and metallic rockers Adelitas Way. To be announced soon, select dates will feature special guest performances by more of today’s biggest rock bands.
Between them, these acclaimed artists share two Grammy wins, six Grammy nominations, 25 Top 10- charting hit songs (including seven #1 hits), and 30+ million albums sold!

Make America Rock Again
Make America Rock Again
The MAKE AMERICA ROCK AGAIN tour is back for its second annual sojourn, bringing America’s biggest and best hard-rocking party to your backyard! The tour will feature a stellar line-up consisting of lauded Creed vocalist Scott Stapp in the headlining spot (performing Creed hits with his full band), alt-rock giants Sick Puppies, massive heavy rockers Drowning Pool, modern rock royalty Trapt, and metallic rockers Adelitas Way.
Between them, these acclaimed artists share two Grammy wins, six Grammy nominations, 25 Top 10- charting hit songs (including seven #1 hits), and 30+ million albums sold!
Scott Stapp
Scott Stapp
Scott Stapp’s artistic and personal journey have encompassed all the talent and torment imaginable in scaling to musical success. The founding member of Creed chronicled his questions, his quest for answers, and his dreams from faith to fatherhood in chart topping hits, “My Own Prison”, “Higher”, and “With Arms Wide Open”, which dominated the sonic landscape of the 90s-2000s. His soul- piercing lyrics backed by thundering rock riffs garnered a Grammy Award, and countless other accolades of creativity and chart domination, not to mention legions of fans, who felt a kindred spirit in his honesty. Since his original departure from Creed, Stapp has released two solo albums (The Great Divide, 2005 and Proof of Life, 2013 [#1 on Christian charts]), a revealing memoir (Sinner’s Creed, 2012), and a “rebirthed” Creed album, (Full Circle, 2009). In addition to his thriving solo career, Stapp is also the lead singer of the new supergroup Art of Anarchy, whose first album with Stapp, The Madness, was released earlier this year.
Drowning Pool
Drowning Pool
Giant riffs, crowd moving grooves and monstrous vocals are the tools with which DROWNING POOL build triumph out of tragedy, steadily evolve without compromise, and remain true to their supporters with over a decade’s worth of remarkable fortitude and attitude. HELLELUJAH is absolutely the album their diehard fans demanded and the aggressive heavy rock world at large deserved.
The platinum-plus conquerors from The Lone Star State deliver their heaviest batch of hell raising anthems, each burning with fiery adrenaline destined to light the radio ablaze and ignite crowds into impassioned sing-alongs. Only a few seconds into the album’s first single, “By the Blood,” it’s evident that Hellelujah is the most aggressive, ambitious, and truly definitive Drowning Pool album since Sinner, the platinum platter that gave the world Top 20 rock radio hit “Tear Away” and the massively successful “Bodies.”
It doesn’t get more brazenly defiant than Drowning Pool Hellelujah bangers like “We Are the Devil,” “Goddamn Vultures,” or “Push”: forward thinking modern rock anthems incorporating classic elements of brutal grooves with melodic power that never once sounds weak. C.J. Pierce’s guitar work is devastatingly crunchy yet dynamically colorful, locking in perfect sync with the charging rhythms of fellow cofounders Stevie Benton on bass and Mike Luce on drums, as Jasen Moreno’s vocals forge venom and bile into hooks.
Drowning Pool have scorched the stage alongside a who’s-who of genre legends, upstarts and everything else on the spectrum, including Ozzy Osbourne, Mötley Crüe, Papa Roach, System Of A Down, Kiss, Korn, Sevendust, Seether, Hellyeah, P.O.D., Five Finger Death Punch, Black Label Society and stints on Ozzfest with Metallica, Rob Zombie, and Marilyn Manson.
Each of Drowning Pool’s last three albums debuted in the Top 5 on Billboard’s Hard Rock chart, cementing the legacy established by their legendary platinum debut, Sinner, which the band celebrated with a 13-year anniversary special edition and tour. Moreno’s massive pipes enabled him to quickly master Drowning Pool’s dense catalog when he became the band’s frontman in 2012. From his reverent delivery of the late Dave Williams mosh-pit ready lyrics in the ubiquitous signature hit “Bodies” to his powerful take on Top 5 Active Rock hits like “Step Up” from Desensitized (2004), “37 Stitches” from Full Circle (2007), and “Feel Like I Do” from their self-titled album (2010). As Revolver Magazine noted in their detailed review of Resilience (2013): “Drowning Pool continue to produce consistently killer albums with an unmistakable sound.”
Hellelujah (2016) is unfiltered and uncompromising, representing a band free to say, play, and do what they please, thanks to the unending support of their fans. Their shared loyalty, drive, and passion resulted in what Moreno describes as a “bad attitude record,” an album that pulls no punches with inspired confrontation. Producer Jason Suecof (All That Remains, Trivium, Demon Hunter) was the perfect man to capture the blend of metallic roots and instantly memorable choruses, riffs, and wickedly upfront lyrical assaults.
Drowning Pool songs conjure emotions that deeply connect with those who persevere against the odds and sacrifice to survive, whether it’s a military soldier serving overseas, or a blue-collar family trying to make ends meet. Their music transcends boundaries of race, class and lifestyle as well, resonating with people from all walks of life who look to music to get them through life’s challenges. The band’s Texas-sized crunch and gregarious, charismatic personalities catapulted them to platinum status and hard rock royalty in the early 2000s alongside contemporaries like Disturbed, Godsmack, and Slipknot. They’ve toured with Ozzy Osbourne. They regularly perform for U.S. Troops, traveling as far as the war zones of the Middle East to the outposts of Southeast Asia. They personally encouraged then-Senator Barack Obama to push through the Lane Evans Health Act, which improved healthcare for veterans.
Big sonic slabs of muscular power with a taste of the dark melodies of post-grunge remain Drowning Pool’s stock and trade. Their music is an unapologetic celebration of life’s joy and pain, able to swiftly maneuver between defiant declarations of resistance. Each distinctive era of the band’s history is represented onstage, where the band bashes through an arsenal of anthems all delivered with precision strength. The Hellelujah songs (with more contributions from all four members than ever) pulse with the power of all that’s come before and a reinvigorated hunger for the future. Drowning Pool celebrate the past while firmly focused on the present, coalescing into a brightly lit artistic future.
Sick Puppies
Sick Puppies
Alternative Rock (Modern Rock) band from Sydney (Australia).

The band was formed by singer/lead guitarist Shimon Moore and bassist Emma Anzai in the music room of Mosman High School in 1997. The band, co-founded in 1999 by Moore and Anzai while still in high school, signed to Paul Stepanek Management, soon after they rounded out their line up by adding Orange County, California-bred drummer Mark Goodwin, who they met through a classified ad following their move to LA in 2006. Soon after, they signed to Paul Palmer’s indie label through Virgin Records. Later members included Chris Mileski (initial drummer) and Mark Goodwin (present drummer).
Trapt
Trapt
Trapt is an alternative band from Los Gatos, California. The band formed in 1995, after meeting in high school, with members: Chris Taylor Brown (vocalist), Simon Ormandy (guitarist), Peter Charrell (bassist) and David Stege (drummer) and recorded the albums 'Amalgamation' and 'Glimpse' to sell at local shows. After several rehearsal absences and negative feedback the band decided to let David go. While attempting to find a suitable replacement, the band signed to Warner Bros. Records and began recording their debut self-titled album. The band enlisted Robin Diaz, to perform drums on the record, and in turn Robin, helped the band find their permanent drummer, Aaron Montgomery.

On November 22nd, 2002, the band released Trapt, along with the single "Headstrong". "Headstrong" became a fantastic hit, reaching #1 on alternative charts and #16 on pop. Follow-up singles "Still Frame" and "Echo" (with a video featuring Michelle Trachtenberg) did respectably, although they never reached the heights of "Headstrong". "Headstrong" became the official theme song of WWE Bad Blood for June 2003. Trapt eventually hit platinum. After more than one year an EP followed on March 30th, 2004, that included a new song called "Promise" along with live versions of "Made Of Glass" and "Echo".

On September 13th, 2005, the band released their sophomore album "Someone In Control" along with the single "Stand Up". "Stand Up" failed to do as well as any of their previous singles, although it still made an excellent run on active rock stations. "Waiting" and "Disconnected (Out Of Touch)", were also released as singles, and have yet to repeat the success of any of Trapt's self-titled radio hits. The band spent the first half of 2006 co-headlining with Shinedown as part of the Equinox Tour.

A live album was released in September, 2007, containing live tracks from both previous albums with new studio tracks "Stay Alive" and "Everything to Lose".

Trapt hit the studio in July 2007 to begin recording their 3rd album, which was released on 5th August 2008 named "Only Through the Pain…".

Trapt announced in late fall/early winter 2009 they were working on a new album for summer or fall release in 2010. On July 20, 2010, Trapt released their first single "Sound Off," for the upcoming album "No Apologies," due out in stores October 12, 2010. Updates, along with an EPK, for the upcoming album is available on their Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube (official trapt) accounts.
Adelitas Way
Adelitas Way
On their upcoming third album, Adelitas Way intensify their brand of hard-edged rock with a tighter songwriting sensibility and more brutally raw energy than ever before. To create the album, the Las Vegas-based quartet joined forces with Nick Raskulinecz (a Grammy-winning producer who's previously worked with artists like Alice in Chains, Foo Fighters, and Queens of the Stone Age) and holed up for eight weeks of nonstop recording in a cabin deep in the woods outside Nashville. Featuring the brooding but fiery lead single "Dog on a Leash," the follow-up to 2011's Home School Valedictorian proves to be the most refined yet thrillingly gritty album that Adelitas Way has offered up so far.

With "Dog on a Leash"—a slow-burner that blends lead-heavy riffs, thunderous drums, haunting guitar tones, and stirring vocals—Adelitas Way has deepened their sound while staying true to the fierceness of spirit the band's embraced since their 2009 debut (a self-titled effort featuring the chart-topping single "Invincible," now the theme song for WWE Superstars). For singer/songwriter Rick DeJesus, guitarist Robert Zakaryan, bassist Andrew Cushing, and drummer Trevor Stafford, striking that balance began with devoting nearly two years to writing the songs that would eventually make up the album. "Coming up with the songs for this record, it was really important for us to take the time we needed to let everything come together naturally, and also to make sure the lyrics and melodies and music were the strongest we've ever done," says DeJesus.

Along with developing more powerful hooks and broader arrangements to shape each of the new songs in the band's arsenal, Adelitas Way allowed an urgent, gut-punching intensity to fuel every step of their songwriting process. "I wanted the emotion of each song to be so strong that you could feel it bleeding through the music, whether it's angst or heartbreak or loss, or even something from one of the more feel-good songs on the album," DeJesus points out. "To me songs that have that kind of raw feeling are the ones that really get through and change people."

While some of the songs saw their inception with a lyric or a melody from DeJesus, other tracks were born from riffs that the band generated during their many tireless jam sessions. "We spent weeks jamming and working on songs, which helped the final version to feel natural and real once we actually recorded," says DeJesus. That prep work turned out to be invaluable in readying the band to record with Raskulinecz, an experience that DeJesus likens to a musical boot camp. "Nick's not the kind of producer who'll tell you, 'Oh, we'll just edit it later,'" says DeJesus. "There was no cutting or pasting or computer magic—it was just like, 'You're gonna sing it and play it right all the way through, and that's what's gonna go on the record." Raskulinecz also helped Adelitas Way cultivate a more dynamic sound by working with the band to strengthen their arrangements and take their songs into directions they hadn't explored before. "It was a constant learning and growing process, and Nick really helped push us both mentally and physically," DeJesus notes.

When it came time to record, Adelitas Way and Raskulinecz spent ten hours a day working on songs in their cabin studio. "We were pretty secluded out there in the woods, which I think is better for making a record than being in a city like L.A. where you have so many distractions," says DeJesus. "There's a different level of focus in working like that, and all we had to think about all day long was building a connection with the people who were going to hear this album." Even after leaving the studio for the day, DeJesus continued to work on crafting the band's latest batch of songs. "I'd go back home and sit down and work on lyrics some more, making sure all of the songs were right and telling the story I needed and wanted to tell," he says.

Despite all that steadfast effort, the album emerges as a product of pure passion, nervy energy, and an irresistible simplicity that's evident in its bold and brash sound. "With this album it wasn't like, 'Let's try out all these new things'—it was more like we were trying out less things," says DeJesus. "We weren't saying, 'Let's try hiding the guitar tone, let's stack 50 guitars to make it sound huge, let's tune the vocals and add synth and beats and whatever else.' We just wanted to keep it stripped-down and make some really great music." Noting that his songwriting is largely influenced by the visceral, uncompromising alt-rock that bands like Nirvana and Soundgarden pioneered in the late-'80s and early-'90s, DeJesus adds that Adelitas Way was adamant about limiting the new album to live instrumentation (including a grand piano and string section along with the built-in lineup of guitar, bass, and drums). "When I was younger I watched Nirvana wipe out an entire generation of pop, which was something really inspiring to me in making an album at a time when rock's become sort of a black sheep in the music world," he says.

For Adelitas Way, one of the most crucial benefits to keeping their sound rough and rugged is clearing a more direct pathway to connection with the listener. "A song like 'Dog on a Leash'—that's about feeling like you need to ask permission to do what you want, like you're under the mercy of someone else, whether it's your boss or an overbearing girlfriend or boyfriend or whoever, which is something I've seen happen so many times to people in my life," DeJesus explains. By drawing out those pained and primal emotions in their music, Adelitas Way aim to ultimately empower their listeners with a sense of release. "Hearing a song that's about something you're dealing with and realizing you're not alone is so important for getting through things," says DeJesus. "That's what I want our songs to help people to do. And when someone connects with a song so much that they think we wrote it specifically about them, that's when I know we've gotten the job done."
Venue Information:
Exhibition Hall
615 W.T. Field Dr.
Watertown, NY, 13601