It was an amazing homecoming of sorts as Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania’s Breaking Benjamin was set to headline in front of a raucous crowd at the Sands Events Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania during this post-holiday season. What an incredible year for the band as they continue to score hit after hit on the Billboard Mainstream Rock charts with songs such as “Red Cold River” and “Torn In Two”, which is off of their critically acclaimed album “Ember”.
Breaking Benjamin immediately hit hard with “Red Cold River” and frontman Benjamin Burnley looked better than ever. He looked healthy and he has an uncanny way of engaging the crowd with the seemingly endless amount of rock hits that Breaking Benjamin has in their catalog. After, “Red Cold River”, Breaking Benjamin got the crowd in a massive singalong with their smash hits “I Will Not Bow” and “Breath”. Then, they further engaged the crowd with a medley of covers including “The Imperial March” from Star Wars, “Cowboys From Hell” by Pantera, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana, “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen, and “Enter Sandman” by Metallica.
Since it was their hometown area crowd, Breaking Benjamin had a five song encore including songs from their debut album “Saturate”, which included “Polyamorous”, “Home”, “Water”, and “Natural Life” before closing out with their biggest hit “The Diary of Jane”. It just felt like they brought a little something extra to the Bethlehem crowd and they showed why they are on the top of the mainstream rock mountain with their hit songs and their uncanny ability to engage the crowd.
Fans can check out the setlist here.
Breaking Benjamin will be heading out on another leg of the “Ember” North American tour with special guests Skillet, Underoath, and Fight The Fury. Check out tour dates below.
Fri. 3/15- Dow Event Center in Saginaw, Michigan
Mon. 3/18- Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana
Wed. 3/20- TaxSlayer Center in Moline, Illinois
Thu. 3/21- The Rave/Eagles Club in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Sat. 3/23- La Crosse Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin
Mon. 3/25- The Sylvee in Madison, Wisconsin
Wed. 3/27- Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa
Fri. 3/29- Verizon Center in Mankato, Minnesota
Sun. 3/31- Bismarck Event Center in Bismarck, North Dakota
Tue. 4/2- Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City, South Dakota
Fri. 4/5- 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colorado
Sun. 4/7- Casper Events Center in Casper, Wyoming
Mon. 4/8- MetraPark in Billings, Montana
Wed. 4/10- Toyota Center in Kennewick, Washington
Fri. 4/12- Abbotsford Centre in Abbotsford, Canada(w/Asking Alexandria, The Wild, and Diamante)
Sat. 4/13- South Okanagan Events Center in Penticton, Canada(w/Asking Alexandria, The Wild, and Diamante)
Wed. 4/17- Grey Eagle Resort & Casino in Calgary, Canada(w/Asking Alexandria, The Wild, and Diamante)
Thu. 4/18- Edmonton Convention Centre in Edmonton, Canada(w/Asking Alexandria, The Wild, and Diamante)
Sat. 4/20- Encana Events Centre in Dawson Creek, Canada(w/Asking Alexandria, The Wild, and Diamante)
For tickets and further information on any of the shows listed above, go to www.breakingbenjamin.com
Fans can find Breaking Benjamin at the following locations:
Check out the music video for “Tourniquet” below.
- Photo Credit: Kim Casper at Garden State Band Connection
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