It is how he demonstrates respect for his eager fans and fellow musicians that separates Benjamin Burnley from being just any other rockstar.
On the last day of April, an incredible acoustic show went down in rainy Toledo, Ohio at the great Stranahan Theater. Breaking Benjamin decided that the Glass City needed a rock show, even though the band only brought acoustic instruments. And that is exactly what the fans in attendance received.
While the word was that the show was not a complete sellout, there were well over seventeen hundred people in the great hall to watch the show. VIPs to the performance not only got a meet and greet before the show, but they had the option to watch part of the show from the side of the stage. Pretty wicked, if we do say so.
Ben Burnley (vocals/guitar), worked with guitarists Jasen Rauch (RED) and Keith Wallen (Adelitas Way), bassist Aaron Bruch, and drummer Shaun Foist (Picture Me Broken) during this acoustical tour. After 2009s Dear Agony, Breaking Benjamin’s first studio album in which they are touring in support of in part, is 2015’s Dark Before Dawn. Their setlist included a variety of the Breaking Benjamin hits spanning their whole catalog. They also played two notable covers from The Police and Tool with the vocal duties being thrown to other guys in the lineup as well.
In between songs, most bands will have a member or two interact with the crowd by reminding them to visit their merchandise table, which gives the other members of the group time to re-tune or catch their breaths.
Ben used this opportunity to praise to our veterans. He also offered his heartfelt gratitude and respect to the artists with which he is sharing the stage.
There were no signs of rust as Ben had the crowd in his hands to rev up at will. But in full disclosure, after telling the crowd this was a rock n’ roll show and that standing up and singing along were almost mandatory, he didn’t have to work too hard to keep the energy levels high.
The Breaking Benjamin set list went as follows: “So Cold,” “Follow,” “Sooner Or Later,” “Unknown Soldier,” “Angels Fall,” “Simple Design,” “Message In A Bottle,” “Ashes Of Eden,” “Blow My Away,” “Failure,” “Breath,” “Skin,” “Aenima,” “Give Me A Sign,” “Polyamorous,” “Until The End,” “I Will Not Bow,” and “Dairy Of Jane.”
The band played the final song listed only after a loud and vocal audience pleaded for an encore. Breaking Benjamin conceded and offered a special treat to their fanbase, though much to the chagrin of event security as patron enthusiasm was about to get out of hand. Ben called fans up and onto the stage to witness “Dairy Of Jane” in all of its glory up close and personal with the guys.
Before we get to the dry part of being a media outlet wanting you to ‘Like’ our Facebook page or tweeting us your photos of the show if you were there to our Twitter, we, at the National Rock Review command center, wish to give a little well deserved praise to those that made the show move as smoothly as it did. From the band’s PR contact, to the tour manager, and to the security crew you guys were professionals and it was a pleasure to see the high level of “get it” you help to bring to Ben’s show. Thank you, you guys rock.