You know it’s bad when you complain about the volume at a rock concert. 08/10 – Scranton, PA @ The Pavilion at Montage Mountain * Subscribe to PennLive. “I just want to live in this moent for the rest of my [expletive] life,” he said during a break mid-song, clearly moved. You’ve got to respect the dedication. He says that he does not believe in a person's time to die and he wants to put off dying for as long as he possibly can, which is why he does not fly or even ride in a car unless it is necessary. It was hovering near 90 degrees for most of the afternoon, and the Hersheypark Stadium doesn’t have much shade to speak of. 09/18 – Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion 08/28 – Bangor, ME @ Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion "[11] He says that he regrets ever drinking a drop of alcohol and is victim to Wernicke–Korsakoff syndrome due to his past excessive drinking. “There’s a lot of people here. The X Summerfest concert featured the bands Dorothy, Diamante, Three Days Grace and Chevelle in addition to Breaking Benjamin. # = without Diamante But the intensity required is really incredible. 08/30 – Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion Okay, I did know one thing about Breaking Benjamin: the band (which largely revolves around frontman Benjamin Burnley) originated from the Wilkes-Barre area of Pennsylvania. I’d like to give a quick shout-out to the lady who hit the beach ball away from me when it came our way and I wasn’t paying attention. Benjamin Burnley is most famous as the singer, songwriter and guitarist for the American rock band Breaking Benjamin, according to his biography on Instagram. Breaking Benjamin, Chevelle, Three Days Grace, Diamonte, and Dorothy Tour Dates: But that’s the nice thing about beach balls at a concert - even if it does bop you on the head, it’s not like it will hurt. Hailing from north-central Pennsylvania as he does, it clearly meant a lot to Burnley to be playing at the Hersheypark Stadium. 09/06 – Rogers, AR @ Walmart AMP + Finally, Aaron left Lifer, and was offered a spot in Ben Burnley's band, and they became a four-piece. I really like that the other guys in the band wrote a good amount on it and were able to contribute. [6] At 16, he became home schooled and quickly passed the GED requirement. Having a number that’s high is really awesome, when you’ve sold a lot, but that’s just a number, and you can’t see how people are reacting to the music until you play shows. I’m as pleasantly shocked and as surprised as anyone is about it, in the best way possible. But hey, like I said, it was still dang hot out. Here are a few things that I learned while at the concert: 5:30 p.m. is an awkward time for a concert to begin. Breaking Benjamin was one of several bands playing. As the sole constant of the group, Burnley has served as its principal songwriter, lead vocalist, and guitarist since its inception in 1999. “It’s Saturday [expletive] night,” shouted singer Matt Walst. The Five Finger Death Punch tour was a lot of fun, and we really connect with those guys on a personal level, but we connect with everyone who we tour with. “Not every band gets to have that, and we’re grateful.”. Honestly, I’m thinking being a frontman of a popular rock band automatically raises you to a certain level of coolness that I’ll personally never reach, but point taken. © 2020 Advance Local Media LLC. I don’t know how they maintain it from day to day. During his early teen years he taught himself to play guitar by listening to Nirvana's Nevermind (he cites Nirvana as his biggest influence). 08/18 – Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek Chevelle was another band I’ve only known by reputation, but I was really digging singer Pete Loeffler’s wailing vocals. Originally, the band was a three-piece. Those strong followers stuck by Breaking Benjamin’s side for the six years between the group’s 2009 album, Dark Agony, and 2015 set, Dark Before Dawn. Since signing with Hollywood Records in 2002, Burnley has composed six studio albums under the name Breaking Benjamin, three of which have reached platinum and two of which have reached gold in the United States.