Few concerts compare to anything that Breaking Benjamin is involved in. Pollstar, a leading concert industry publication, just released its year-end report which listed the hard rock band as one of the most sought after live shows in the last year. The Wilkes-Barre, Pa. natives recently toured with renowned heavy metal band Disturbed and sold over 350,000 tickets, ranking them in the upper echelon of artists in 2016. However, for the majority of Breaking Benjamin fans, this news isn’t groundbreaking by any means. The quintet rarely fails to sell out their shows and already sold out their two additional upcoming concerts in North Carolina next week – for good reason.
The narrative for their sold out show at the Cone Denim Entertainment Center in Greensboro, NC wasn’t much different. Fans lined up around the block and piled into the venue to get a taste of one of the decade’s most beloved and consistent rock bands. With just one opener, Breaking Benjamin commanded the stage in characteristic fashion.
Frontman and founder Benjamin Burnley shared the spotlight with his incredibly talented bandmates, Aaron Bruch and Keith Wallen as Breaking Benjamin kicked off the show with timeless classics, “So Cold” and “Sooner Or Later” – the later of which Wallen fronted.
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Burnley has always praised his bandmates’ vocals, stating that the two are “really amazing singers.” His compliments aren’t an exaggeration. Both Wallen and Bruch display dominance in leading the distinguished rock band as the music sounds like it came right out of their catalog. Alone, each vocalist possesses the qualities necessary to lead a top-charting rock band, but together the trio boasts the status of an unparalleled vocal cerberus.
While Breaking Benjamin showcased their numerous crowd-pleasers and chart-topping hits, the quintet also shared a number of covers with the audience, including Rage Against The Machine’s “Bulls On Parade” and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” However, Breaking Benjamin’s rendition of “The Imperial March” from Star Wars ultimately presented the crowd with the most memorable moment of the night – a lightsaber-wielding Burnley. The frontman brandished Darth Vader’s iconic red lightsaber and induced the audience into a roar of applause.
Breaking Benjamin rolled through their five studio albums and performed at least one song from each. A few of the loudest sing-alongs stemmed from “Failure” and “Breath,” off Phobia, which commanded the No. 1 spot on rock charts for seven consecutive weeks back in 2007. However the roar inside the venue only grew louder with the slow-building introduction of Breaking Benjamin’s encore and final song: “The Diary of Jane”. Burnley didn’t need to plead for participation as the audience bellowed in unison with the vocalist – and it was loud and glorious.