After a whirlwind few years, the rock ensemble Breaking Benjamin is now getting things back on track once again. They burst onto the music scene at the turn of the century with a sound that was as unique as it was genre defying. Then like it has happened to a lot of musical acts over the years, they hit a rough patch. Now the band is back in town and it means business.
Now Breaking Benjamin will be teaming up with Avenged Sevenfold to go on the latter’s “The Stage World Tour” for the first few North American dates. They will also be joined by Bullet for My Valentine and together the three of them will perform multiple shows across the US. They will most probably have something else planned for the year too. Book your Breaking Benjamin tickets and watch them in their element, live.
Benjamin Burnley used to be a member of a band named Breaking Benjamin in the year 1998. That group used to play covers of tracks by The Beatles and Weezer. The lineup of that band used to consist of Chris Lightcap, Nick Hoover and Aaron Fink. That group however did not last for too long and broke up when Burnley decided to relocate to California.
Benjamin Burnley made his return to Pennsylvania and incepted Plan 9 with Jeremy Hummel and Jason Davoli. They returned to the title of Breaking Benjamin soon afterwards though. The three of them first began to get some recognition when Freddie Fabbri, a DJ on WBSX the radio station began to play their song Polyamorous. The track soon became the number one requested track on the station and that is when Fabbri decided to provide the funds for the band’s self-titled debut EP.
“Breaking Benjamin” went on to sell each and every one of the two thousand copies that were printed in the year 2001. Davoli however left the band and he was replaced by Jonathan Price. Mark Klepaski and Aaron Fink were not enjoying playing with their band so the two of them left and joined Breaking Benjamin. They had begun to make some noise and in the early part of the year 2002, they landed their first recording contract.
The Stars Arrive
They soon hit the studio and started working on their debut studio LP titled “Saturate.” The album came out on August 27, 2002 and went on to peak at the second spot on the US Top Heatseekers chart. It was eventually certified gold in the United States.
They began to work on their next studio album in October of 2003. The record was tilted “We Are Not Alone” and it made quite an impact. It came out on June 8, 2004 and became their first album to record platinum level sales in the country. It peaked at the twentieth spot on the US Billboard 200 and went to as high as the fourteenth position in New Zealand. Breaking Benjamin then went on to tour with the likes of Three Days Grace, Seether and Evanescence.
In November of 2004, they released a single Blow Me Away that wasn’t part of their albums. It did quite well and was certified gold in the US. The band came out with an extended play titled “So Cold EP” the same month. Jeremy Hummel then left the band and his place was taken by Chad Szeliga on the line-up.
Consolidating Their Position
Breaking Benjamin then went to work on their third studio album, “Phobia.” The record came out on August 8, 2006 in the US and on November 21, 2007 in Europe. The record did quite well on the charts. It reached the second spot on the US Billboard 200 and went on to top both the US Billboard Digital Albums chart and the US Billboard Rock Albums chart. Phobia also reached third spot on the US Billboard Tastemakers Albums chart. It also received three and a half stars out of five from AllMusic and eventually went on to sell in excess of a million copies to become Breaking Benjamin’s second straight platinum certified album.
The band began work on their next album “Dear Agony” in the year 2009. The record hit the music stores on September 29, 2009 and received three stars out of five from AllMusic and a three out of five rating at Sputnikmusic. On the commercial front however, it was a different story altogether.
Dear Agony went to the first spot on both the US Top Hard Rock Albums chart and the US Top Rock Albums chart. It also climbed to the second position on the US Top Tastemaker Albums chart, the US Digital Albums chart and the US Top Alternative Albums chart. The record also peaked at the fourth position on the US Billboard 200. The LP sold in excess of a million copies in the United States and was certified platinum as a result by the RIAA. It was Breaking Benjamin’s third successive platinum certified album.
Hiatus and Return
Breaking Benjamin went on a hiatus due to issues among the band members. In August of 2011, their label Hollywood Records decided to come out with a compilation record titled “Shallow Bay: The Best of Breaking Benjamin.” The record went on to peak at the twenty second spot on the US Billboard 200 and topped the Hard Rock Albums chart. In August of 2014, it was announced that the band was making a return. The line-up had a new faces with Burnley being the only one from the old line-up.
The band’s new lineup started off by performing a few acoustic shows in late 2014. That was followed by them going on the road for various tours for a big chunk of 2015. They also started to work on their comeback album titled “Dark Before Dawn.” The record hit the stores on June 23, 2005 and went on to the number one spot on the US Billboard 200 on debut. The record also went on to top the US Digital Albums chart, the US Top Hard Rock Albums chart, the US Top Rock Albums chart and the US Top Alternative Albums chart. It also went to the number one spot in Canada.
Dark Before Dawn also received three and a half stars out of five from About.com and three out of five stars from AllMusic. Alternative Addiction gave it four and a half stars out of five while it also received four stars out of five from Melodic. The album was certified gold in the US.
Breaking Benjamin Tour Tickets
The year is going to be a busy one for the band. Not only will they be releasing their next album “Ember” soon but they will also be hitting the road for a tour or two of their own. This is going to be a very important year to the group and fans are excited to see what is in store for them. If you are one of them, then book your Breaking Benjamin tour tickets and catch them live in concert.