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Creed lead singer Scott Stapp uses local rock ‘n’ roll concert to benefit children in need

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Creed lead singer Scott Stapp said when he comes to the Complex in Salt Lake City on Aug. 23 that fans can expect a "big rock ’n’ roll show." However, it's also serving another purpose as all the proceeds from the concert will be donated to help children who are struggling with receiving necessities.

“We want to make a difference. We want to do more than just a rock ’n’ roll show,” Stapp said. “We want to impact people's lives, and so it was really a way for us to do something that we feel passionate about and tie it in with music. So it’s doing two things that we love.”

Stapp said he and his wife, Jaclyn Stapp, decided early on that they wanted this tour to benefit others. The foundation that Jaclyn Stapp organized, called Children are Magical, or CHARM, teamed up with ChildFund to help sponsor children in the Philippines.

“We’re actually going to the Philippines at the end of September to visit the children that we’ve gotten sponsored for this year," he said. "(We will) take a tour of the villages, really see firsthand and document … where (the) money is going and how it’s being introduced.”

ChildFund has helped children in countries such as Gambia and the Philippines, according to Stapp. Proceeds earned will go toward helping pay for necessities such as food, water, education, shelter and clothing. Each child is individually sponsored. Scott and Jaclyn Stapp were drawn to the program because they saw how the organization was making a difference.

Stapp said helping others is important to him and his wife, and they wanted to make a difference in the world and particularly wanted to reach out to children in need, which was the motivation behind starting CHARM.

"That was just something that was near and dear to my wife and my heart,” Stapp said. “It was our way of facilitating and being able to do what we want to do to try to help our community, local community, and kids all over the world. It’s a passion we both share."

Creed first became popular in the ’90s and early 2000s, according to the band's website. The band split in 2004 and reunited in 2009 for a tour and new album. Stapp said the band is still together and is working on other projects while Stapp also is doing more solo work.

“If you’ve been a fan of Creed's music and myself, you’re going to get everything that you had hoped for,” Stapp said of the Aug. 23 performance, which is part of his Proof of Life tour. “We bring a lot of production. It’s a big rock ’n’ roll show. If you’re just a fan of music in general, you’re going to get a really passionate, high energy, theatrical rock ’n’ roll show.”

He said the performance includes "songs from my Creed days as well as off my solo record. It’s almost like two concerts in one.”

If you go ...

What: Scott Stapp's Proof of Life tour

When: Tuesday, Aug. 23, 7 p.m.

Where: The Complex, 536 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City

How much: $20

Web: thecomplexslc.com, scottstapp.com

Email: cstimpson@deseretnews.com