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New Breaking Benjamin album out in June; single coming next week
Breaking Benjamin returns this summer with a new album called Dark Before Dawn on June 23rd. The follow-up to 2009's Dear Agony will be preceded by a single called "Failure," which is scheduled to arrive at rock radio the week of March 23rd. The new single and album follow a long period of inactivity for the band during which songwriter, frontman and sole original member Ben Burnley battled health issues and was engaged in legal action against two former members.
Burnley unveiled Breaking Benjamin 2.0 last year, with the lineup consisting of drummer Shaun Foist, bassist Aaron Bruch, former Red guitarist Jasen Rauch and ex-Adelitas Way guitarist Keith Wallen.
The group reportedly began recording its fifth album late last year. Not surprisingly, Burnley told us a while back that he's a perfectionist when it comes to making music: "I'd say every song that I write, I lose a little bit more hair (laughs). You know, it is a stressful thing, but you have a standard that you put yourself through being the singer, the songwriter and the performer all in one, and you have to be a little bit of a perfectionist. I think every musician is like that. I don't know anybody that's really not."
After playing a handful of shows last month, Breaking Benjamin will hit the road this spring and summer for a mix of festivals, radio concerts and headlining dates, beginning on April 17th in Texas.
Confirmed Breaking Benjamin tour dates (subject to change):
April 17 - Pharr, TX - Pharr Events Center
April 18 - The Woodlands, TX - The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
April 19 - Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street Amphitheater
April 21 - Birmingham, AL - Iron City
April 22 - Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle
April 24 - Tampa, FL - Amalie Arena
April 25 - Fort Myers, FL - JetBlue Park (Fort Rock)
April 26 - Jacksonville, FL - Metropolitan Park (Welcome To Rockville)
April 28 - Mobile, AL - Soul Kitchen
April 29 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theater
May 1 - Memphis, TN - Tom Lee Park (Beale Street Festival)
May 2 - Chattanooga, TN - Track 29
May 3 - Concord, NC - Charlotte Motor Speedway (Carolina Rebellion)
May 13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
May 15 - Columbus, OH - Crew Stadium (Rock On The Range)
May 16 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center
May 19 - Grand Rapids, MI - Orbit Room
May 20 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room
May 22 - Pryor, OK - Rocklahoma
May 23 - Maryland Heights, MO - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
July 17 - Oshkosh, WI - Ford Festival Park (Rock USA)
Breaking Benjamin initially went on hiatus in 2010 while Burnley dealt with his illness.
Following the release of a greatest hits album by the band's label, Burnley accused former bassist Mark Klepaski and guitarist Aaron Fink of approving the set as well as a new remix of "Blow Me Away" without his permission.
That touched off a legal fight in which Burnley went to court against Fink and Klepaski over who had the rights to the band's name. Burnley declared himself the legal victor in April 2013 and announced plans to continue under the Breaking Benjamin name.
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