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Creed singer Scott Stapp allegedly threw punches at a clubgoer who heckled him on Sunday (April 22) night at a St. Augustine, Florida nightclub. According to published reports, the man egged Stapp on, saying, "You should've stuck with Pearl Jam." The agitated vocalist then reportedly yelled back, "You want to disrespect me?" to which the patron replied, "You're not a superstar." It was then, reports say, that Stapp hit the man, giving him a bloody lip and black eye.
Stapp is also at odds with Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst, and has had to withstand various character assaults, including a mock "With Arms Wide Open" by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl.
Weezer bassist Mikey Walsh and drummer Pat Wilson also had a bit of fun at Creed's expense during a recent interview with LAUNCH. "We just have a long history of love with Creed. I think they're one of the most important bands to come out in the last 30 years," Walsh said.
"I actually grew up with the guys from Creed, and we have this kind of rivalry. I'm just thinking about pouring, like, hot oil all over myself and walking around," added Wilson.
"They're just old friends and it's like a competitive, good natured competitive...," Walsh said.
"We always give them a hard time because it's fun to give people a hard time," Wilson said. "I'm like, 'Scott, what are you doing in that video, man, you're crazy.' So we're always jabbing, jabbing at each other," Walsh quipped.
Singer Raine Maida of Our Lady Peace, who opened up for Creed last year, told LAUNCH people should lay off Stapp. Maida said, "Once you get big, that's what people do. I think it's just a product of they kind of came out of nowhere and got huge. And people get jealous. Music is not a competition. I can't stand when other bands take shots at other bands, it's usually just for that reason. it's like an insecurity they have. It's like, 'Who cares?' It's like when people start talking about the boy bands, 'Who cares?' Some of those songs are great, and those bands work hard, so more power to 'em. There's enough fans for all types of music."
Weezer is gaining airplay on various Modern Rock charts with "Hash Pipe," while Our Lady Peace is enjoying airplay with "Life."
.Darren Davis, New York and Craig Rosen, Los Angeles