Breaking Benjamin Tickets
Breaking Benjamin is a rock band which was formed in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The band came together in 1999 with original founding members Benjamin Burnley (lead vocalist and guitarist), and Jeremy Hummel (drummer). Two more members were added to the band, bassist Mark Klepaski and guitarist Aaron Fink. The band has been through a few line-up changes in the years since and has released a total of five full length studio albums. If you are a fan of Breaking Benjamin and want to know more about the band, their history, the albums and singles they’ve released, and how you can get the best Breaking Benjamin tickets, read more here.
About Breaking Benjamin
Breaking Benjamin is a popular rock band that has been together for almost two decades. The band currently consists of five members: Benjamin Burnley, Jasen Rauch (lead guitarist), Keith Wallen (back-up vocalist and rhythm guitarist), Aaron Bruch (back-up vocalist and bassist), and Shaun Foist (drummer).
Over the years, the band has been through a number of different line-up changes due to a variety of different reasons. Nevertheless, the band has managed to retain their musical and lyrical style. This is in large part due to the fact that lead singer Benjamin Burnley has always been the main lyricist and vocalist since the band formed.
The band has developed a signature sound for themselves. They are often cited as having very angst-driven lyrics, hard rock melodies, crunching guitar melodies, and swelling choruses.
Over the course of their career, the band has sold upwards of 7 million albums in the United States. Three of those albums have been certified RIAA-platinum while two of them have been certified gold. They have also released a number of chart topping singles. Several of these singles have been certified multi-platinum, platinum, and gold.
One of their albums also made it to the number one spot on the Billboard 200 chart.
The Early Years of Breaking Benjamin
Breaking Benjamin, the first version of the band at least, came together in 1998. Lead singer Benjamin Burnley has always had a passion for music and was originally in a band named Breaking Benjamin. The name of the band came from an incident where the band was performing and Burnley broke a borrowed microphone. The original band used to play cover songs of bands like The Beatles and Weezer and was therefore much softer in their sound.
Burnley formed a new band with drummer Jeremy Hummel and bassist Jason Davoli the following year. The trio started gaining attention with their self-titled EP. The lead single from the EP, Polyamorous, became a big hit when Freddie Fabbri, a DJ for active rock radio station WBSX, put the song on the radio. The song soon became the most requested song on the radio station. It was so popular that Fabbri helped the band financially so that they could release more copies of their EP.
At this point, a few new band members were added to the line-up. Jonathan "Bug" Price replaced Davoli on bass, and Aaron Fink and bassist Mark Klepaski also joined the band.
In 2002, the band put on a two-night showcase for record companies to come see them play. Dozens of representatives showed up and the band got signed to Hollywood Records.
Their first full length studio album would be released in the summer of 2002 and was called Saturate. The album was certified gold as of 2015.
Albums and Hit Singles
After the release of Saturate in 2002, the band caught the attention of many in the music scene and made their initial mark.
By the fall of 2003, the band returned to the studio to start work on their second full length album, We Are Not Alone. For this album, the band worked with producer David Bendeth. Burnley also got the chance to work with the lead singer from Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Corgan. Corgan helped him write three songs on the album "Rain," "Forget It" and "Follow." Burnley describes this experience as being one of the highlights of his career. The album was eventually released in the summer of 2004 and peaked at the number 20 spot on the Billboard 200 chart. By the fall, the album was certified gold and then platinum by June of 2005.
This album featured hit singles like “So Cold" and "Sooner or Later", both of which did very well on the music charts.
The band’s third album, Phobia, was released in the summer of 2006. The album was written and recorded as a concept album which was dedicated to the various phobias that Burnley struggles with. It was an instant commercial success. It peaked at the number two spot on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified platinum a few months later. Phobia featured singles such as "The Diary of Jane" and “Until the End”.
In 2009, the band started work on their fourth album, Dear Agony. This album was released in the fall of that year and peaked at the number 4 position on the Billboard 200 chart. It featured the hit singles "I Will Not Bow," "Lights Out" and "Give Me a Sign."
The period between 2010 to 2013 was marked with conflict between band members and they went on a hiatus.
They announced in 2014 that they would be getting back together to work on new material and went on to release their fifth album in 2015 called Dark Before Dawn. The band had a new line-up and their new album debuted at the number one spot on the Billboard 200 chart. This therefore has been their most successful album to date.