Breaking Benjamin is well known for their powerful lyrics and the strong connection their fans have to their music.

Breaking Benjamin was originally founded in 1999 by lead singer and guitarist Benjamin Burnley and former drummer Jeremy Hummel.  The band has faced its fair share of internal problems and lineup changes over the years, but in 2014 the current lineup was announced and the news of a new album would be released in 2015.  Their album Dark Before Dawn was released in 2015 to positive critical and fan reception; the album reached No. 1 on Billboard 200 and iTunes, No. 3 on the overall album charts.

Tuesday, May 9th at the War Memorial in downtown Nashville, Tennessee there was a line of screaming fans wrapped around the building, all anxiously waiting for Breaking Benjamin to take the stage.

Opening for Breaking Benjamin was Nashville natives, Christian rockers Red.  Frontman Micheal Barnes took the stage by storm as he ran and jumped into the air at the beginning of their first song.  The excitement and energy these guys brought to the stage was phenomenal.  You could see it on their faces how pumped up they were to perform for the crowd.  Barnes’ charisma and stage presence is amazing, he made his way into the crowd to croon and shake hands with the fans.  As they performed their older hit, “Already Over”, the crowd sang along.  Red definitely brought their game and the crowd appreciated every moment.

Red at the War Memorial 5/9/2017

As soon as Breaking Benjamin started to take the stage, the crowd roared with excitement.  Benjamin Burnley, frontman, played drums during their “Dark Side Remix”, where they performed an intense Star Wars inspired intro followed by a few covers of Pantera’s “Walk”, Rage Against the Machine’s “Bulls on Parade”, and Metallica’s “Sad but True”.    They of course played most of their biggest hits including “Firefly”, “Sooner or Later”, and “Ashes of Eden” effortlessly.  Breaking Benjamin’s songs are so powerful, the lyrics personal, and relatable, that it is nearly impossible to not feel a connection to their originals.  Every song performed that night felt like you were listening to it alone in your room, but you weren’t, you were surrounded by thousands of fans that were having the same exact moment as you.  It is an amazing feeling to watch them perform and to have that emotional connection to their music.

 

Written by Jennifer Pinckney for Bloodrock Media on May 18, 2017