Breaking Benjamin rocked out with the crowd of Wellmont Theater.
Breaking Benjamin performed at the Wellmont Theater on Jan. 31, showcasing a leg of their Unplugged tour which provided their fans with acoustic renditions of the band’s best rock hits.
The band opened up their 18-song concert with “So Cold” after Starset, the American alternative rock band, started the show. Breaking Benjamin, widely known for their rock songs “The Diary of Jane” and “I Will Not Bow,” blew the crowd away the entire show, performing songs off all of their five albums as well as cover songs.
Breaking Benjamin covered “Message in a Bottle” by The Police and “Aenima” by Tool. Also, the band pulled Dustin Bates, lead singer of Startset, out to the stage to sing their song “Breathe” with them.
When the band wasn’t thrilling the crowd with their music, they were doing a good job entertaining the crowd with their funny jokes and stories. Breaking Benjamin performed an 17-song set list for the screaming fans at the Wellmont, and ended with their song “Diary of Jane” as the encore.
Throughout the entire concert, fans in the general admission standing area were bobbing their heads, waving their arms and singing along. Benjamin Burley, frontman and founder of Breaking Benjamin, kept the energy high, playing countless hits that left the crowd breathless.
Burley, recounting the time that the band first came to the Wellmont Theater years ago and how it was almost empty, stated how unreal it was that the show they were playing that night was sold out. After the performance, fans were given the opportunity to meet some of the band members and their tour crew at the merchandise tables located near the front of the theater.
When asked what it was like opening for and touring with Breaking Benjamin, Stardust frontman Dustin Bates said, “they’ve been an amazing supporter of my band since, for like over a year. It’s been amazing. I can look back to when I was 19 and they were influencing me even then. [They have been] one of my favorite bands since then, so it’s been a crazy ride.”
This concert at the Wellmont Theater marks the 11th concert of their 18-concert Unplugged Tour starting in Houston, Texas and ending in Louisville, Ky. on Feb. 10. “It was so amazing seeing Breaking Benjamin at the Wellmont because it was like unlike any concert I’ve seen them perform,” said fan Matt Nichay. “The fact that they were playing their songs all acoustic really portrayed how talented they all are.”
Breaking Benjamin will be continuing their tour into April. For more information on tour dates, visit breakingbenjamin.com.