JERRY CANTRELL Slams Former Tourmates CREED, Says Tour Was 'Stale'

December 27, 2002

Ex-ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell, who spent a couple of months this year touring arenas with CREED, has slammed his former touring bandmates, calling them "unpersonable" and describing the experience of sharing the stage with them as "stale".

"CREED was a weird tour," Cantrell told Chicago's Pop Matters. "I mean it's kind of strange touring with both [CREED and NICKELBACK], from a personal standpoint of where I come from and what I've accomplished in my life. It's something I can't control — two bands that are doing pretty well for themselves and they requested us, and it was OK to do, but it wasn't my first choice. I would've probably rather done something on my own, but it was with a new label and new management so it was an opportunity, and we took advantage of it — for better and worse.

"Personally speaking, I had a great time with the NICKELBACK guys, who are actually real guys and a young fuckin' hot band, the whole vibe of being around that's exciting. The CREED thing was a little more stale. I just didn't find them very personable guys. I was on tour with them for fuckin' ever and I still hadn't even met 'em. When you spend two months together, you generally find some time to fuckin' say hello or whatever. It was really kinda weird in that respect. I'd never been on a tour that was that fuckin' stale on a personal level."

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