Since signing with Hollywood Recordsin 2002, Burnley has composed six studio albums under the name Breaking Benjamin, three of which have reached platinum and two of … The fans love what we do as much as I do, and I think that’s really awesome. Stephen King Fans Are Dying to Get These Masks. , Burnley has several phobias, a fact that inspired the title of their 2006 album Phobia. I’m really happy that fans have connected to it the same way I have. Nearly all of the merch was black t-shirts as well. I don’t know how they maintain it from day to day. He says that he does not believe in a person's time to die and he wants to put off dying for as long as he possibly can, which is why he does not fly or even ride in a car unless it is necessary. Chevelle was another band I’ve only known by reputation, but I was really digging singer Pete Loeffler’s wailing vocals. "The Diary of Jane" appears on NASCAR 07. 09/18 – Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion Everyone always loves when the band tosses out a guitar pick or two as a memento to lucky fans in the audience. 09/15 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion I really love playing “Psycho” live. It’s amazing. & = without Chevelle " He says that he regrets ever drinking a drop of alcohol and is victim to Wernicke–Korsakoff syndrome due to his past excessive drinking. Beyond that, I didn’t know much about Breaking Benjamin before seeing them in concert. Breaking Benjamin, Chevelle, Three Days Grace, Diamonte, and Dorothy Tour Dates: Everybody in the band realizes what an incredible gift that is, and we realize that we’re lucky to have that. Breaking Benjamin was one of several bands playing. It’s made it so we can really enjoy writing and performing. The other three members went on to form the band Strangers With Candy (later known as Lifer). “Okay, now I’m nervous,” said Burnley, after Breaking Benjamin’s opening number and taking a look at the crowd. The band’s latest effort, 2018’s Ember, has also been welcomed with open arms, as it has already yielded three Top 10 Mainstream Rock songs. Pennsylvania love - this is Pennsylvania love right here!". The parents who brought their kids deserve some props. I don’t know a whole lot about singing, especially not at the level these bands perform at. 08/24 – Syracuse, NY @ St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview “It’s Saturday [expletive] night,” shouted singer Matt Walst. Plenty of people were wearing Breaking Benjamin t-shirts, but there were also a good number of audience members wearing black shirts for other bands such as Chevelle, Sevendust and Five Finger Death Punch. That style of singing has got to be hard to keep up for the duration of a concert. # = without Diamante Hershey’s audience was very well-mannered. © 2020 Advance Local Media LLC. Originally, the band was a three-piece. Fortunately, the parents of these kids had planned ahead: the ones I saw closest to the stage had ear protection of some kind. Pennsylvania, we [expletive] love you! Honestly, I’m thinking being a frontman of a popular rock band automatically raises you to a certain level of coolness that I’ll personally never reach, but point taken. The song "Polyamorous" is also featured on the games Run Like Hell, WWE SmackDown! Okay, I did know one thing about Breaking Benjamin: the band (which largely revolves around frontman Benjamin Burnley) originated from the Wilkes-Barre area of Pennsylvania.  At 16, he became home schooled and quickly passed the GED requirement. Burnley has one son, Benjamin Jackson Burnley V. 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Community Rules apply to all content you upload or otherwise submit to this site. If I had ten hours I’d walk around and hug each and every [expletive] one of you. ", Burnley is an avid video gamer, and conceived of the idea for Breaking Benjamin to write and record the song "Blow Me Away" for the soundtrack to Halo 2. 09/22 – Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre The gates opened for the show around 4 p.m., but it took some truly dedicated fans to be there before the show started. I know, I know, I’m getting old. Burnley also sung verses from several other bands’ hits in a sort of cover medley, including Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody" and Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.” There was even a guitar riff from “Pour Some Sugar On Me.”. Moreover, the traffic for the show was competing with traffic for the park. ** = without Dorothy, FINNEAS releases heartfelt new single “I Lost a Friend”: Stream, PornHub wants to buy Tumblr and bring back its NSFW communities, Lori Loughlin Is a "Wreck" After First Days in Prison: Report, Lana Del Rey Announces New Album Right When Everyone Couldn't Care Less, King Crimson's Robert Fripp Performs Black Sabbath's "Paranoid" as Wife Toyah Sings and Dances Behind Bars: Watch, Kanye West Concedes 2020 Presidential Election, St. Vincent Covers Nine Inch Nails' "Piggy" with Dave Grohl on Drums: Stream, The Perfect Last-Minute Halloween Masks Are Here, All Your Favorite Halloween Movies Are Streaming Here. 08/10 – Scranton, PA @ The Pavilion at Montage Mountain * I’ve always played with great musicians, but on the writing side, I hadn’t been able to pull that aspect together with past band members. 08/09 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion * Burnley also suffers from hypochondria and a fear of the dark. 08/30 – Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion 07/30 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center " Burnley uses baritone guitars and drop tunings to match the range of his voice.. They recruited old friend Mark Klepaski to play bass and he joined in, and shortly after, Nick Hoover was asked to leave the band. All rights reserved (About Us). I’m happy to be able to work with guys that can play that role in the band. Thank you for making this dream come true.”. Those strong followers stuck by Breaking Benjamin’s side for the six years between the group’s 2009 album, Dark Agony, and 2015 set, Dark Before Dawn. Together they had their first child, named Benjamin Jackson Burnley V, on November 1st, 2014. We are in danger of crashing. They acted like we were there all along. Share this: ... frontman Benjamin Burnley and company were able to come back and find their fans ready to support their new music and subsequent tours. 08/31 – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater ^ Connect with your community. 09/25 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre, ^ = without Three Days Grace At least, according to Loeffler, we were. “There’s a lot of people here. “I just want to live in this moent for the rest of my [expletive] life,” he said during a break mid-song, clearly moved. IGN described him as having a "somewhat innocuous voice that is crystal clear... fluctuating between contemplative subjectivity and growling anger. Breaking Benjamin fans of course got to enjoy songs like “So Cold” and “Tourniquet,” but the band wasn’t limiting themselves to only their own song book. It was hovering near 90 degrees for most of the afternoon, and the Hersheypark Stadium doesn’t have much shade to speak of. He incorporates his phobias into his music on the album We Are Not Alone in the song "Break My Fall," in which a pilot is heard over the music saying, "Mayday, mayday. Later on, Mark left Lifer and found himself playing bass for Breaking Benjamin. “I can feel your energy,” he said, “Even though you’re the most polite [expletive] crowd I’ve ever seen.”. But the intensity required is really incredible. As the sole constant of the group, Burnley has served as its principal songwriter, lead vocalist, and guitarist since its inception in 1999. 08/21 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater * Our fans are absolutely amazing, and I don’t know what it is about the band that people would immediately be drawn to, but I’m thankful for it. And he showed off his nerd bona fides by playing the Imperial March from “Star Wars” on electric guitar. Read the full interview below. 09/02 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage ^& 09/06 – Rogers, AR @ Walmart AMP + Breaking Benjamin again toured Europe in 2017 successfully. “We love you, Pennsylvania. They were giving it their all as well - even after only two songs, it was still hot enough at 8:10 p.m. that they were wiping sweat away with towels. Having a number that’s high is really awesome, when you’ve sold a lot, but that’s just a number, and you can’t see how people are reacting to the music until you play shows. I really like that the other guys in the band wrote a good amount on it and were able to contribute. At 21 he moved to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, where he became a roommate of former Breaking Benjamin bass player Jonathan Price. I can’t speak for every band, but I think a lot of bands really thrive on playing for their fans. During one show, Ben said "Thank you, we're Breaking Benjamin," thus reclaiming the name from 1998. 08/18 – Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek Subscribe to PennLive. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. 09/10 – Dallas, TX @ Dos Equis Pavilion Burnley spoke with Heavy Consequence about Breaking Benjamin’s latest LP, Ember; the band’s upcoming acoustic album; and why performing live is the best way to see how fans react to the band’s music on a personal level. Share; Tweet; Email; By John Everman | March 14, 2019 8:00 am. I actually know a bunch of Three Days Grace songs, somehow. But these guys are great writers, and a couple of them are singers, too, so they sing a couple of songs live, and it’s been really fun. 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