Clean and sober for five years, Scott Stapp is paying tribute to some fellow rockers who weren’t able to survive their own demons.
In “Gone Too Soon”, the Creed frontman honours Prince, Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, and Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, along with fallen soldiers and those suffering from PTSD and addiction.
The new track is the final advance single from Stapp’s first album in six years, The Space Between the Shadows, following the release of singles “Purpose for Pain”, “Name” and “Face of the Sun”.
“Having passed the five-year milestone of his sobriety, these losses weigh heavy on Stapp’s heart, who once walked his own razor’s edge,” notes the record label’s announcement for “Gone Too Soon”.
“Somewhere around the time Chester passed, and we had already been reeling from Cornell’s passing, I was flipping through the news and saw the suicide rate for (U.S. military) vets was skyrocketing, and all these people are OD-ing from heroin, drug addictions, opioids,” Stapp told Billboard of the song’s genesis.
“The school shootings. It was just a collection of things that all hit me at once. So it was inspired by a series of events that just came together to impact me as a human being, all at once.”
As Stapp explains, he’s hopeful the message conveyed in “Gone Too Soon” will resonate with others caught in similar situations.
“It’s about me learning how to overcome and get to the other side of the most difficult situations and challenges in my life and find a purpose within it,” Stapp said, “really seeking to not just wake up every day with the idea of Okay, I’ve got to fight this, and it’s all about me. It’s really about getting outside of my own head and saying, Okay, when I get to the other side of this situation I will have learned something, and that’s something I can use to help somebody going through a similar situation.”
The Space Between the Shadows will be released on July 19.