Breaking Benjamin announces acoustic album, tour with Korn tour hitting Allentown on Jan. 23
From a press release:
A long time in the making, multi-platinum Wilkes-Barre rock band Breaking Benjamin officially announced the title, release date, and tracklist of their anticipated acoustic album.
“Aurora” will feature reimagined acoustic versions of songs from their vast catalog, starting with “So Cold,” the lead single from their second album, 2004’s “We Are Not Alone,” through their latest release, 2018’s “Ember.” Special guest vocalists include Lacey Sturm (ex-Flyleaf), Scooter Ward (Cold), Adam Gontier (Saint Asonia, ex-Three Days Grace), Michael Barnes (RED), and Spencer Chamberlain (Underoath).
Digital pre-orders begin this Friday, Nov. 1, with instant access to download “So Cold.” Exclusive “Aurora” pre-order bundles are available now at breakingbenjamin.com, with official fan club members receiving 20 percent off any bundle. The full album will be released on Jan. 24, 2020 via Hollywood Records.
“This album is a celebration of our incredible fans, for those who have been there since hearing ‘So Cold’ for the first time in 2004, and the new ones who have joined us on this amazing journey along the way,” singer Ben Burnley said.
“We’ve always shared a unique emotional connection to our music with our fans, and this album attributes to those dark times and euphoric ones. From wherever you joined along the road to ‘Aurora,’ this one is for you. Thank you.”
1. So Cold
2. Failure (featuring Michael Barnes of Red)
3. Far Away (featuring Scooter Ward of Cold)
4. Angels Fall
5. Red Cold River (featuring Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath)
7. Dance with the Devil (featuring Adam Gontier of Saint Asonia)
8. Never Again
9. Torn in Two
10. Dear Agony (featuring Lacey Sturm)
In addition to this news, the band also revealed that they will be touring in 2020 with Grammy Award-winning heavyweights Korn. Fans will have the chance to see two of the biggest forces in rock perform on the same stage each night across North America in the new year.
Produced by Live Nation, the expansive 24-city outing with special guests Bones UK will kick off Thursday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. at the PPL Center (701 Hamilton St., Allentown) and make stops in Montreal, Columbus, St. Paul, Portland, and more before wrapping March 1 in Fresno, California.
Tickets for the Allentown show, which range from $39-$89, go on sale to the general public this Friday, Nov. 1 at noon at livenation.com.
Citi is the official pre-sale credit card of the tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. until Thursday, Oct. 31 at 10 p.m. through citientertainment.com.
Earlier this year, Korn shook the world with the release of their acclaimed new album, “The Nothing.” The Grammy-winning group’s latest effort is highlighted by singles “Can You Hear Me,” Cold,” and “You’ll Never Find Me,” the latter of which is joined by an official music video.
“It continues Korn’s mission of probing the hidden corners and harsh realities of life within a shroud discordant darkness,” declared Noisey, with The Fader adding, “Korn have never shied away from innovation… the icons have always looked forward.” The Los Angeles Times applauded the “deep and potent performances from the band, evoking their ever-present rage but also feelings of loss and isolation,” while NME affirmed, “This urgent and important record will ensure the veterans don’t get lost in the shuffle.”
Furthermore, Korn recently announced the imminent arrival of their groundbreaking dramatized anthology podcast series “The Nothing,” which was written and created by Adam Mason and Simon Boyes with Korn. A six-part dramatized series, “The Nothing” tells the story of journalist Matt Singer who travels to the small town of Wellden, Kansas to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a teenage girl. He soon discovers not everything is as it seems in the rural community and finds himself heading into his own heart of darkness. Produced by Elizabeth Mason and directed by Adam Mason (“Blood River,” “The Devil’s Chair”), “The Nothing” stars Keir O’Donnell (“Wedding Crashers,” “Fargo,” “Legion”), Darri Ingolfsson (“Dexter,” “Black Antenna”) and Mikayla S. Campbell. Fans can subscribe to “The Nothing” now, with additional details and airdates to be announced in the coming weeks.
Breaking Benjamin’s most recent release, “Ember,” debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200 and marks the multi-platinum-selling band’s fourth Top 5 debut on the Billboard Top 200, following 2015’s No. 1 debut for “Dark Before Dawn” (gold), 2009’s “Dear Agony” (platinum) at No. 4, and 2006’s “Phobia” (platinum) at No. 2. Additionally, they have garnered nine No. 1 songs on rock radio, charted in the Top 10 across numerous countries worldwide, and hit No. 1 on charts across multiple genres, including Top Alternative Albums, Top Rock Albums, Top Hard Rock Albums, and Top Digital Albums. Breaking Benjamin boasts an impressive 6.8 billion combined audio/video streams worldwide with a social imprint of over 6.5 million, a testament to the band’s global influence and loyal fan base.
Bones UK consists of vocalist Rosie Bones and guitarist Carmen Vandenberg. Their self-titled debut album is out now via Sumerian Records. The group confronts everything from the beauty industrial complex to toxic masculinity to music scene sexism, embedding each track with choruses primed for passionate shouting along. True to the Los Angeles-based band’s anti-conformist spirit, Bones UK unfolds with an entirely uncontainable sound, a riff-heavy collision of rock and roll and rough-edged electronic music.
After recruiting Filippo (a former classmate of Carmen’s at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Surrey, England), Bones UK began pushing toward the heady complexity that now defines their music. Joined onstage by their drummer Heavy, Bones UK now see their live set as the ideal medium for their ever-expanding message, a vehicle for both catharsis and transformation.
Learn more about the history and current lineup of Breaking Benjamin and what it’s like to tour the world from bassist and backing vocalist Aaron Bruch in Episode 114 of the NEPA Scene Podcast:
Photo by Scott Kucharski Photography/NEPA Scene
This post was compiled by the staff of NEPA Scene.