The House of Blues Orlando opened its doors Sunday night, inviting three-time platinum recording artist Breaking Benjamin to a slam-packed and sold out venue. After a four-year hiatus, Benjamin Burnley reassembled the band in 2014 with members formerly of bands Adelitas Way, Picture Me Broken, and Red. Showcasing their vocal talents, guitarist Keith Wallen and bassist Aaron Bruch sang multiple songs in place of front-man Ben Burnley. Additionally, the band played a mix of covers from bands such as Pantera, Nirvana, Metallica, and Rage Against the Machine.
Breaking Benjamin is currently touring in support of their fifth studio album, Dark Before Dawn, featuring their number one hit “Failure” that spent nine weeks at the top of the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart. In a show that spanned a little more than one hour, the crowd was fully engaged singing along with every song; characteristic of a band whose two-decade career has churned out hit after hit.
Joining the stage with Breaking Benjamin was opening act, Wilson. Lively and energetic, with a thick and heavy sound, this Detroit five-piece got the crowd moving from the moment they took the stage. Performing songs from their two studio albums, Full Blast Fuckery, and Right to Rise, they also covered the AC/DC favorite “Back in Black.” Frontman Chad Nicefield owned the stage and mesmerized the crowd with his powerful vocals, and a commanding and energetic stage presence. Energy followed by energy, this was a night that fans will not soon forget.
Check out some of the images from the show below.
Article and Images by Jonathan Lee