When: December 17th, 2009
Where: Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee,
Acts: 30 Seconds To Mars, Sick
Length: 1 Hour
I Will Not Bow, Until The End, Had
Enough, Blow Me Away, Sooner Or Later, Dream On, So Cold, Polyamorous,
Into The Nothing, Fade Away, Breath, The Diary Of Jane.
Breaking Benjamin will be on
tour this spring with Three Days Grace, and Flyleaf. To find out more
tour information, or to buy their new album, please check out their
website by visiting
Barre, Pennsylvania’s own Breaking Benjamin was the culmination of a
solid musical lineup for the “Big Snow Show 4” held at The Rave
(Eagles Ballroom). This is the 4th year the December “Snow
Show” concert has been put on by Milwaukee radio’s FM 102.1. The
concert featured Sick Puppies, 30 Seconds to Mars, and the
aforementioned Breaking Benjamin.
Breaking Benjamin took the
stage a little after 10:15. The crowd was still buzzing after a solid
set by opening act 30 Seconds to Mars, and Breaking Benjamin kept the
energy flowing. The band opened with their new single “I Will Not
Bow”, from their new album Dear Agony. The backdrop of long
red flashing lights, hovering fog, and the groups symbol of 4
interlocking letter B’s, almost gave the impression that the band was
playing from the front of a recently landed spaceship. After a solid
opener, the group launched into “Until The End”, from 2006’s RIAA
Platinum certified Phobia. After that were crowd pleasers,
“Had Enough”, and “Blow Me Away”.
Midway through the set the
group performed “Sooner or Later”, from the bands breakthrough album,
We Are Not Alone. After the song, lead vocalist, and founding
member, Benjamin Burnley thanked the crowd by saying, “I saw a lot of
people singing every word, followed by throw my life away”.
Next up was a dark and
powerful cover of Aerosmith’s, “Dream On”. The group covered the
song, with their trademark dark sound, full of powerful riffs. Ben
Burnley sang his ass off for this one, and Aerosmith would have been
proud of their version of the song.
After a performance of
“Polyamorous” from their debut album Saturate, Burnley took a
moment to praise all the men and women in the military, by telling the
crowd, “This song is dedicated to all the fuc*ing troops”. The song
he was referring to is, “Into The Nothing”, off of Dear Agony.
The song references death, heaven, and overall faith:
“Carry the wounded and shut
your eyes, bury the fallen and lead the blind”.
The loudest portion of the
night came during a performance of the #1 single, “Breath”, and was
capped off by another classic, “The Diary of Jane”. As the song
rolled on, and the lights blared over the raucous crowd, several young
woman could not resist the temptation to “flash” the band, and in
essence the rest of the crowd. Apparently Breaking Benjamin is one of
those bands that some people just cannot control themselves around.
Breaking Benjamin played for
just over an hour, and packed enough punch in their set to leave
anyone with long lasting memories. The band performs so tight and
crisp, they sound like they have been together for over 20 years, not
just 8. Next time they are in your area, and you would like to see
the current and future of rock music, Noon Radio recommends you check
them out for yourself.