Rich Howells

VIDEO: Breaking Benjamin covers Nirvana, Alice in Chains, and Tool

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When Breaking Benjamin recently returned from hiatus with a new lineup, they covered two songs in addition to playing selections from every album in their own catalog – “Prison Sex” by Tool and “Them Bones” by Alice in Chains. On their current acoustic tour, which ends tonight at the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, they’ve added “All Apologies” by Nirvana.

Singer/guitarist Benjamin Burnley has covered all these songs for years, including in his own solo shows, but they continue to be a hit with fans. The full band played “Prison Sex” by Tool and “Them Bones” at their comeback shows on Sept. 19 and 20 at Gator’s Pub and Eatery in Luzerne, and now fans are hearing them stripped down. If you haven’t had a chance to catch them live, listen to these acoustic versions of “Prison Sex” (above) and “Them Bones” (below) bootlegged at the Chameleon Club in Lancaster on Oct. 22 – the video may be dark, but the audio isn’t bad, demonstrating how easily both fit into their set. “Them Bones” includes an amusing introduction where Burnley admits to his mother, who is in attendance, that he smoked pot in high school:

This cover of “All Apologies” was recorded at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey on Oct. 23, where Burnley credits Nirvana with being “the one and only band that is responsible for” his career in music:

If you prefer the electric versions of “Prison Sex” and “Them Bones,” both from the Gator’s Pub shows are below, though the former cuts off just before the end: