Full Circle is the fourth studio album by the American post-grunge band Creed, released on October 27, 2009. It was Creed's first release since disbanding in 2004, prior to the release of their Greatest Hits album, and was their first studio album in eight years (since Weathered), as well as their first with their original bass guitarist Brian Marshall in almost exactly a decade. It is also their first album with a title track that was not selected as a single. (Human Clay did not have a direct title track, but "Say I" had the album title in its lyrics.) The record was produced by Howard Benson. The album was completed on July 31, 2009, as announced by Scott Stapp. Four days later, the album cover was revealed through the band's official e-news. The album received mixed reviews.
The 2009 Creed Reunion Tour began on August 6 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and concluded on October 20, 2009, in Hidalgo, Texas. Originally, Flyleaf and Fuel were to be the opening bands, but the New Zealand band Like A Storm and Hoobastank opened for Creed in the first leg of the concert, while Lo-Pro and Staind opened for the second leg, with Saliva doing the last five dates and Like a Storm returning near the end of the tour. This reunion tour featured all of the original members of the band as well as the former Submersed guitarist Eric Friedman, a friend of Mark Tremonti's who performed rhythm guitars and backing vocals. The band played five songs ("Overcome", "Rain", "Bread of Shame", "Full Circle" and "A Thousand Faces") from their album Full Circle, as well as old hits throughout the tour.
On October 24, 2009, it was confirmed by Scott Phillips that Creed was to go on a world tour in April 2010, starting in Australia and New Zealand tour, followed by South America, Europe and Canada/North America. The tour dates were released on April 19, 2010.
Full Circle received mixed to positive reviews. Critics stated that they appreciate the "new, heavier, darker side of Creed". They also said that the band had matured and became "Full Circle".
The title of the album involves the instrumental band members coming "full circle" with Scott Stapp to reform the band. The title track is about the reunion and how it feels to be together as a band again.