Former Creed frontman Scott Stapp discussed Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell and Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington in a new Oakland Press interview. If you are dealing with mental health issues, you can call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or enter their live chat.
After struggling with his own psychological issues in recent years, the deaths of Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell and Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington hit Stapp “hard,” but he’s hopeful that they’ll also “start a conversation and people will begin to talk about the seriousness of mental health issues and begin to develop some more compassion and understanding and be more sympathetic when they see someone who is suffering with something that is making them act or behave out of character, or if they see a friend or family member who is starting to slip into a depression, they’ll react and be there for them and hopefully be there to help them get the help that they need to stay alive and return to themselves. There’s still a tremendous amount of stigma out there, and judgment and just ignorance and lack of understanding. We need to get past that so there are less deaths and better roads to recovery.”
Stapp joined Art of Anarchy in 2016 and sang on the group’s second album, “The Madness,” which came out in March. “We just got off tour and had a good run and things are going well,” Stapp says of the band. “We’re enjoying playing and the fans are responding well to the album and the music. I think we all entered the project knowing that it would have to work around our other projects, so we’ll see when the next available opportunity is for us to get together and to get out there and continue to promote the record. I think we have a long-term approach to Art of Anarchy; We’re just gonna continue to tour when we can and continue to promote the record around our other projects.