If you’re a fan of Breaking Benjamin, you’ll be super excited to know that their new “Ashes of Eden” video premiered today! In a tribute to this amazing band from Wilkes-Barre, PA, we’ve made them our Weekly Spotlight. Did you know the following 5 facts about Breaking Benjamin?

 

1. Lead singer and guitarist Benjamin Burnley and drummer Jeremy Hummel formed the band in 1999. The group went though several member changes, and the current lineup now includes Benjamin Burnley, Aaron Bruch (bassist and backing vocalist), Shaun Foist (drummer), Jasen Rauch (guitarist) and Keith Wallen (guitarist and backing vocalist).

 

 

2. The name “Breaking Benjamin” was coined after a show during which Burnley finished singing and broke the microphone.

 

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3. The band went on a long hiatus in 2010 due to chronic muscular pain and dizziness that Burnley suffered from since 2007. The cause of his condition has not been found, but upon returning to the spotlight he has pushed through his pain to perform for fans. He told Rolling Stone: “If I’m dizzy onstage it’ll push me even harder. I don’t let it peck at me little by little, I charge right through it. And if I go down, I go down doing what I love for the people that want to see me perform.”

 

 

4. Burnley will not fly, which has prevented the band from performing overseas. However, in 2014, fans created a Change.org petition asking for his label (Hollywood Records) to approve his travel by boat to Europe. The trip was approved, and he took the Queen Mary II.

 

 

5. Will Breaking Benjamin be playing in your city? Here’s their schedule:

JUL 15 2016 ROCKFEST CADOTT, WI
JUL 16 2016 CHICAGO OPEN AIR CHICAGO, IL
JUL 17 2016 HOLLYWOOD CASINO AMPHITHEATER ST. LOUIS, MO
JUL 19 2016 FIRST NIAGARA PAVILION PITTSBURGH, PA
JUL 20 2016 KLIPSCH AMPHITHEATER INDIANAPOLIS, IN
JUL 22 2016 XFINITY THEATRE HARTFORD, CT
JUL 23 2016 XFINITY CENTER BOSTON, MA
JUL 24 2016 DARIEN LAKE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER DARIEN CENTER, NY
JUL 26 2016 DTE ENERGY AMPHITHEATER DETROIT, MI
JUL 27 2016 RIVERBEND MUSIC CENTER CINCINNATTI, OH
JUL 29 2016 THE PAVILION AT MONTAGE MOUNTAIN SCRANTON, PA
JUL 30 2016 NIKON AT JONES BEACH THEATER WANTAGH, NY
JUL 31 2016 PNC BANK ARTS CENTER HOLMDEL, NJ
AUG 2 2016 FARM BUREAU LIVE VIRGINIA BEACH, VA
AUG 4 2016 BANK OF NH PAVILION GILFORD, NH
AUG 7 2016 HEAVY MONTREAL MONTREAL, QC
AUG 8 2016 MOLSON CANADIAN AMPHITHEATRE TORONTO, ON
AUG 11 2016 ZOO AMPHITHEATRE OKLAHOMA CITY, OK
AUG 12 2016 GEXA ENERGY AMPHITHEATER DALLAS, TX
AUG 13 2016 CYNTHIA WOODS MITCHELL PAVILION HOUSTON, TX
AUG 15 2016 RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE DENVER, CO
AUG 17 2016 ISLETA AMPHITHEATER ALBUQUERQUE, NM
AUG 19 2016 CONCORD PAVILION CONCORD, CA
AUG 21 2016 KISW PAIN IN THE GRASS 2016 AUBURN, WA
AUG 5 2016 SANDS BETHLEHEM EVENT CENTER BETHLEHEM, PA
AUG 24 2016 KHTQ’S ROCK HARD AT THE PARK SPOKANE, WA
AUG 25 2016 KBAZ’S 1ST ANNUAL BLAZE BACKYARD BBQ MISSOULA, MT
AUG 26 2016 KQXR’S X FEST BOISE, ID
SEP 17 2016 MONSTER ENERGY ROCK ALLEGIANCE CHESTER, PA
SEP 24 2016 SCHEELS ARENA FARGO, ND
SEP 25 2016 BAXTER ARENA OMAHA, NE
SEP 27 2016 US CELLULAR CENTER CEDAR RAPIDS, IA
SEP 28 2016 PEORIA CIVIC CENTER PEORIA, IL
OCT 5 2016 PNC MUSIC PAVILION CHARLOTTE, NC
OCT 7 2016 OAK MOUNTAIN AMPHITHEATRE PELHAM, AL
OCT 8 2016 LANDERS CENTER SOUTHHAVEN, MS
OCT 9 2016 MISSISSIPPI COAST COLISEUM BILOXI, MS
OCT 11 2016 MID-FLORIDA CREDIT UNION AMPHITHEATRE TAMPA, FL
OCT 12 2016 JACKSONVILLE VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM JACKSONVILLE, FL
OCT 13 2016 VERIZON WIRELESS AMPHITHEATRE ALPHARETTA, GA
OCT 15 2016 WALMART AMP ROGERS, AR
OCT 16 2016 BOK CENTER TULSA, OK
OCT 19 2016 COLORADO SPRINGS WORLD ARENA COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
OCT 2 2016 SONIC BOOM JANESVILLE, WI
JAN 16 2017 SHIPROCKED MIAMI, FL