SCRANTON — When Benjamin Burnley returned to play The Pavilion at Montage Mountain in September, it was only a few months after the release of his band’s most successful album to date, “Dark Before Dawn.”
Since then, the band has performed across the United States, Canada and — for the first time in Breaking Benjamin’s decade-plus existence — Europe. After a year of touring and four Billboard-charting singles, the band is returning to the mountain July 29 during its summer co-headline tour with Disturbed.
“It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago because we love being there so much,” Burnley said of the band’s return to The Pavilion. “We hope it’s just like last time, if not better. We’re really looking forward to it. The fans there have always just been 100% incredible. We owe everyone there a debt of gratitude for all of the achievements that they’ve allowed the band to have.”
Breaking Benjamin and Disturbed are joined on tour by modern rock super group Saint Asonia (featuring members of Three Days Grace, Staind and Stereomud) and Alter Bridge (long-running project featuring members of Creed). Burnley said he has done various radio festival dates with Disturbed and covered songs from the band during the early days of Breaking Benjamin, but this tour has allowed him to get to know the people behind some of the acts Burnley has crossed paths with during his time on the road.
“We’ve all sort of, like, seen each other out there, but haven’t have a chance to meet or hang out,” Burnley said. “These guys are top-notch musicians and super talented, so the bar has been raised for us to not slack; you know, we really gotta bring our A-game. I think that translates to a really positive time, but still a metal show. That’s really a key to what’s making this tour successful; that we’re all brothers up there and there are no bad vibes at all and everybody’s there for one another. It’s not a competition, it’s camaraderie.”
After this tour, Breaking Benjamin will hit the road with Grammy-winning band Korn before once again setting its sights across the pond. Burnley and company want to give fans as many chances to see them tour on their “Dark Before Dawn” material before they consider their next move. Whatever that move may be, Burnley said the band will make that move as a unit.
“We love each other. We love being out on the road together,” he said. “We’re brothers; we’re not business associates here. The business part’s last. We love doing what we do, so the band has absolutely no plans to stop doing what we’re doing.”
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