Scott Stapp: ‘With Arms Wide Open’ Mimicry Made Me Better Singer

Trust him. Scott Stapp‘s heard it all before, but he’s got a pretty good sense of humor in rolling with the punches over his dramatic vocal delivery in Creed‘s massive 2000 rock hit “With Arms Wide Open.” In fact, while chatting with The Ringer’s 10 Questions With Kyle Brandt (viewed below), he reveals that even his kids have had fun with him while mimicking the monster single.

Stapp first discusses the song’s history and the good that came from it. “It changed my life and I have just a sense of appreciation for that song coming to me and Mark [Tremonti] when it did and it’s still relevant in my life today,” says the singer.

But Brandt also addresses how the song changed how the band was viewed after its crossover success and even Stapp admits it got so overplayed in the early 2000s that even his wife told him she would turn away from it. From there, Brandt asked Stapp how much he’s seen people copping his vocal style in doing impersonations and Stapp revealed that even his kids have busted his chops from time to time.

“It started with my oldest son and oldest nephew. I’m driving down the street and they’re giggling in the back and I was either taking them to practice or taking them to school and was like, ‘What are you guys laughing at?’ … and they’re like ‘With arms wiiiiide opennnn,” recalls Stapp, adding, “Now, ten years later, my 13-year-old and my 9-year-old now, they were making fun of me in the car about McDonald’s always being open. They were hungry and wanted to go get something to eat. They’re like, ‘Dad, we’re hungry,’ and I’m like, ‘Where do you want to go?’ and they bust out together ‘McDonald’s wide open.’”

The singer continues, “It’s also funny to hear how other people hear you. Cause I never heard myself with this over-the-top [mimics sound] stuff, but I guess that’s the caricature voice of me and it’s funny man. I’m all about picking on myself. It’s all good man.”

In fact, there actually has been some benefit from being confronted with his vocal style by others. The vocalist told Brandt, “I don’t know where I picked up all the idiosyncrasies of how I enunciate and I’ve been called out on my vowels … But it’s actually helped me as a singer because I’ve heard that and I’ve intentionally enunciated differently on different words and syllables, so thank you world for pointing out a consistent pattern early in my 20s so I could evolve and grow as a singer. You made me better. Thank you.”

Stapp has rolled with the punches with aplomb over the years, even cheering on the 2016 Carolina Panthers after learning that one of the band’s favorite practice pastimes was something they called “Creedbombing.” It started with the idea of photobombing but instead popping up close to teammates and singing Creed lyrics with their “raspy” voices. The other key element was to offer “really deep, direct eye contact” mimicking Stapp’s delivering in the band’s videos to the person you’re Creedbombing.

Upon hearing the news in 2016, Stapp shared his appreciation for the humor and for its role in the team’s playoff run. “I just started dying laughing,” said the rocker at the time. “And then the next thing you know, my band is doing it to me out on tour. And I saw the humor in it and saw how funny it was. I think it’s awesome.”

Watch more of Scott Stapp’s interview on 10 Questions With Kyle Brandt in the player below.

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WATCH: KISS Work at WalMart in Funny Old Promo Video

With Black Friday fast approaching, you can probably expect the need for more staffing at retail stores. But what happens when you hire KISS? The results played out in an old promotional video for WalMart seen below.

The foursome, in their full KISS attire, take their shot at working at a WalMart, initially signing on as greeters and donning their freshly created name tags. Though there are likely WalMart procedures that must be followed, a little bit of the KISS behavior starts to take over.

Tommy Thayer shows a flare for cake decorating, but of course there’s a desire to change all the cakes to KISS cakes. Paul Stanley certainly knows a little something about makeup having undergone his transformation many times over the years, but his makeup counter makeover leaves the customer a little confused as he mostly focused on the eye.

And then there’s Gene Simmons, who is working the checkout counter. Commenting on some of the items, he notices someone buying an Aerosmith CD, but offers, “Oh that’s really good, but you know what’s even better? This,” while tossing the other disc away and quickly presenting the latest KISS album.

This video appears to have been released around 2009 as a fresh case of KISS’ Sonic Boom album is being lowered by a crane from storage in the video. Have a look at the band’s commercial crossover in the player below.

KISS Work at WalMart

Things will be a little different for KISS this holiday season. Like many acts, they’ve shut down touring for 2020 amidst the pandemic. But they’re also planning a New Year’s Eve livestream with full production to help ring in 2021. The show will take place in Dubai, but fans can watch online. Get details on how to view this concert event here.

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10 Epic Rock Star ‘Muppets’ Moments

Some of the most iconic rock star cameos in TV history have taken place on The Muppets Show. From an epic Dave Grohl drum battle to an uncharacteristically playful performance by Prince, we rounded up 10 immortal moments.

Dave Grohl lit up the Internet after going up against Animal in a drum battle. “I’ve been waitin’ years for this, Animal,” Grohl said before the rock ’n’ roll Muppet responded, “Now we see who best.” The two musicians crushed their kits together, eventually declaring each other as the superior drummer.

Remember when Alice Cooper cameoed on an entire episode of The Muppets? One of the most memorable moments came when Sam the Eagle confronted Cooper in his dressing room. “Mr. Cooper,” Sam began. “Let me come right to the point. You, sir, are a demented, sick, degenerate, barbaric, naughty, freako!” Of course, the shock rock icon’s response was, “Why, thank you!”

Some of these moments happened away from The Muppet Show set. On an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! Fozzy the bear guested beside Ozzy Osbourne. “We almost worked together,” Fozzy declared, “but when Kermit came in wearing a cape, Ozzy almost bit his head off.” Ozzy responded, “What am I talking to a fucking sock puppet for?!”

Check out these 10 Epic Rock Star ‘Muppets’ Moments in the Loud List below.

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10 Hilarious Rock Star ‘Family Guy’ Moments

Having aired for over 20 years, Family Guy stands next to the Simpsons and South Park at the pedestal of adult animation. Throughout the show’s 19 seasons, Seth McFarlane and his team of writers have delivered hilarious depictions of rock stars, so we rounded up 10 of those most memorable moments.

Remember when KISS saved Christmas? In the third season of Family Guy, the show parodied terrible rock movies like KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park, depicting the legendary band rescuing Santa Claus from next of pterodactyls. The ending was a happy one, especially for KISS, whose ridiculous merch was likely delivered to thousands of kids just in time for Christmas morning.

Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain has been depicted in Family Guy numerous times. One scenario saw Cobain’s future if he had quit heroin, telling his fans to say no to drugs before leaving the stage. The butt of the joke was Courtney Love, however, with Family Guy questioning how well-known she’d be today if Kurt was still alive.

Would you watch a show called Vedder Call Saul? Continuing Family Guy’s fascination with grunge, they created a scene where Eddie Vedder called Bob Odenkirk’s classic Saul Goodman character, getting legal advice after crashing his car into a milk truck… to the tune of “Even Flow.”

Watch these 10 Hilarious Rock Star ‘Family Guy’ Moments in the Loud List below.

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Clip of ‘98 Ozzfest Lineup Trying to Pose for Photo Is Hilarious

Remember music festivals? It seems like it’s been a lifetime since the last big rock and metal festival took place. Ozzfest was a big contender for a while, and System of a Down bassist Shavo Odadjian shared a hilarious clip earlier this year from 1998 of the lineup trying to pose for a photo together.

“This clip brings back so many memories,” Odadjian wrote in a caption for the video on his Instagram. System were playing the side stage during the festival that year, along with other bands like Incubus, Snot, the Melvins and Motorhead. Ozzy Osbourne, Tool, Megadeth and Limp Bizkit appeared at the top of the bill.

“It was our first tour after the infamous first #Slayer tour. We were young and very impressionable. Can’t believe it’s been almost 22 years,” the bassist reflected.

Though Odadjian’s caption was heartwarming and memorable, the video is actually hilarious. Everyone is seen crowded together, holding up their middle fingers. Osbourne is depicted in the middle of the group, shouting at the top of his lungs, “Come on, take the photo you fucking moron! Come on!”

The Prince of Darkness then directs everyone to pray, which also doesn’t work out too well. A few other gestures and comments are made as well, including a dig at Ronnie James Dio, but we’ll let you see them for yourself.

See the video below.

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