Breaking Benjamin will meet hometown fans at Gallery of Sound in Wilkes-Barre on Jan. 24
From a press release:
A day after their national tour with Korn kicks off in Allentown, multi-platinum rock band Breaking Benjamin will return to their hometown of Wilkes-Barre for a meet and greet with fans at the Gallery of Sound on Friday, Jan. 24 from 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
The visit falls on the release date of their new album, “Aurora,” which features 10 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,” and running through their latest release, 2018’s “Ember.”
As with previous Gallery of Sound meet and greet events, it is free and all ages are welcome, but space is limited. To receive a wristband to guarantee priority entry, fans must purchase a copy of the new album on CD ($11.99) or vinyl ($19.98) from this store (186 Mundy St., Wilkes-Barre), the Dickson City location, or online at galleryofsound.com. A small pre-order deposit holds the CD or LP and a spot in line; the album and entry ticket can be picked up on release day. One ticket for entry comes with each item purchased. For more details, visit the Facebook event page.
To keep the line moving, one item will be autographed per person at the meet and greet. Hazleton active rock radio station 97.9X will broadcast live from the event, as they did when Breaking Benjamin met fans following the release of “Ember” in 2018.
“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,” vocalist Ben Burnley said about “Aurora.”
“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.”
Special guest vocalists on this record include Lacey Sturm (ex-Flyleaf), Scooter Ward (Cold), Adam Gontier (Saint Asonia, ex-Three Days Grace), Michael Barnes (RED), and Spencer Chamberlain (Underoath).
On Thursday, Jan. 23, the night before this event, Breaking Benjamin will perform with Grammy Award-winning heavyweights Korn at the PPL Center (701 Hamilton St., Allentown). This is the start of a 24-city tour with special guests Bones UK that stops in Montreal, Columbus, St. Paul, Portland, and more before wrapping up on March 1 in Fresno, California.
See NEPA Scene’s photos of Breaking Benjamin’s previous Gallery of Sound meet and greet here and learn more about the history and current lineup of the band 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 Keith Perks/1120 Studios/NEPA Scene