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Breaking Benjamin is back at Montage Mountain in Scranton with Bush, Theory of a Deadman, and more on July 18

Breaking Benjamin is back at Montage Mountain in Scranton with Bush, Theory of a Deadman, and more on July 18
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From a press release:

Following the recent wrap-up of their North American co-headlining arena tour with Korn, Wilkes-Barre rock band Breaking Benjamin has announced their 2020 U.S. summer tour with fellow multi-platinum-selling rockers Bush.

Produced by Live Nation, the tour featuring opening acts Theory of a Deadman, Saint Asonia, and Cory Marks kicks off July 15 and includes stops at Jones Beach, Hartford, St. Louis, Dallas, Tampa, Phoenix, Nashville, Las Vegas, and Irvine, California, to name a few. Breaking Benjamin will once again bring their national tour home to The Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton on Saturday, July 18 at 5 p.m.

The local group is touring in support of their vast catalog and latest release, “Aurora,” which showcases reimagined versions of some of the band’s biggest and most popular songs, including “Dear Agony” as well as “So Cold” and “Red Cold River,” both of which were No. 1 rock radio hits. “Aurora” also features multiple special guests, including Lacey Sturm (ex-Flyleaf), Spencer Chamberlain (Underoath), and Scooter Ward (Cold), who joins the band on the album’s current single, “Far Away,” which is currently in the Top 10 on rock radio.

During Breaking Benjamin’s previous concert at Montage Mountain last August, Cold (which now includes members from Northeastern Pennsylvania, Nick Coyle and Jon Nova) joined them on stage to perform the Cold hit “Just Got Wicked” as a last-minute surprise.

Tickets to the next show at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain (1000 Montage Mountain Rd., Scranton) go on sale to the general public beginning this Friday, March 6 at 10 a.m. at

VIP packages and tickets for Breaking Benjamin Fan Club members will be available today starting at noon. Purchase VIP packages at and join the fan club at Text “SUMMER2020” to 844-626-3736 for an exclusive pre-sale tomorrow.

Hazleton active rock radio station 97.9X will present the local show and offer fans an exclusive pre-sale code and chances to win free tickets all week long. For details, visit

Breaking Ben’s last studio album, “Ember,” debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200 and marked the 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. “Ember” spun off two No. 1 hits on Active Rock Radio with “Red Cold River” and “Torn in Two,” marking the band’s ninth No. 1 song.

The latest release, “Aurora,” and “Ember” add to a healthy seven million+ total album units sold for Breaking Benjamin, charting in the Top 10 across numerous countries worldwide and topping No. 1 charts across multiple genres, including Top Alternative Albums, Top Rock Albums, Top Hard Rock Albums, and Top Digital Albums. Breaking Benjamin – Benjamin Burnley (vocals, guitar), Aaron Bruch (bass, backing vocals), Keith Wallen (guitar, backing vocals), Jasen Rauch (guitar), and Shaun Foist (drums) – 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.

“For over two decades, Breaking Benjamin has had the kind of career most rock bands only dream of,” the Wall Street Journal said.

With a discography that includes such seminal rock albums as 1994’s six-times-platinum-selling “Sixteen Stone,” 1996’s triple-platinum “Razorblade Suitcase,” and ’99’s platinum-selling “The Science of Things,” Bush has sold close to 20 million records in the U.S. and Canada alone. They’ve also compiled an amazing string of 18 consecutive Top 40 hit singles on the Modern Rock and Mainstream Rock charts. 11 of those hit the Top 5, six of which shot to No. 1: “Comedown,” “Glycerine,” “Machinehead,” “Swallowed,” “The Chemicals Between Us,” and “The Sound of Winter.” The latter made rock radio history as the first self-released song ever to hit No. 1 on Alternative Radio, where it spent six weeks perched atop the chart’s top spot.

The song appeared on 2011’s “comeback album,” “The Sea of Memories,” which was Bush’s first studio album in 10 years. That year, Billboard ran a story about the British band under the headline, “Like They Never Left” – a fitting title as the multi-platinum quartet (vocalist/songwriter/guitarist Gavin Rossdale, guitarist Chris Traynor, bassist Corey Britz, and drummer Nik Hughes) promptly picked up where they left off. They’ve continued to dominate rock radio and play sold-out shows to audiences around the world ever since. Their upcoming album “The Kingdom” will follow 2017’s “Black and White Rainbows,” which People magazine hailed as “a triumphant return.” A new song, “Flowers on a Grave,” was released today and will be available everywhere at midnight on Wednesday, March 4.

Multi-platinum rock band Theory of a Deadman recently released their seventh studio album, “Say Nothing” (Atlantic Records), featuring the No. 1 Rock Radio single “History of Violence.” The powerful song, which turns the tables on a story of domestic violence, has racked up more than eight million collective streams and marks Theory’s sixth No. 1 on the Mediabase Active Rock chart and fourth No. 1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart. The gripping music video illustrates a searing snapshot of a woman enduring an abusive husband as she plans to fight back, eventually ending up in jail but free of her abuser. Already being hailed their best album to date, “Say Nothing,” which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Alternative Albums chart and No. 3 on the Rock Albums chart and was produced by Martin Terefe (Jason Mraz, Yungblud), finds Theory speaking up through timely lyrical commentary with the band’s finger on the pulse of the current climate and the issues that our society is grappling with today, including domestic violence, racism, the divisiveness in American politics, and anxiety and depression, all threaded together with a message that’s both a cautionary warning and a hopeful wish for our collective future. With undeniable anthems, scorching songcraft, experimental vision, rock ‘n’ roll attitude, and clever pop ambition, “Say Nothing” is a continuation of their musical and thematic evolution, displaying the band’s powerful storytelling in full force and introducing fresh sounds and sonics.

Theory’s 2017 album “Wake Up Call” featured their platinum single “Rx (Medicate),” which addressed the opioid epidemic and racked up more than 250 million streams, becoming their third No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and earning the band an iHeartRadio Music Award nomination for Rock Song of the Year. Over the course of nearly two decades, Theory’s impressive catalog has earned them several platinum and gold singles, a platinum album, and two Top 10 album debuts on the Billboard Top 20. The band is Tyler Connolly (lead vocals, guitar), Dave Brenner (guitar, backing vocals), Dean Back (bass), and Joey Dandeneau (drums, backing vocals).

Saint Asonia – named Loudwire’s Best New Artist of 2015 – sparked into life over four years ago when former Three Days Grace frontman Adam Gontier and Staind guitarist/founding member Mike Mushok decided to turn their joint ambition to make music that is “raw, real, and straight from our hearts” into a new band and a full-fledged studio outing. The result was their acclaimed self-titled debut, released in 2015, which charted in the Top 10 in Canada and entered the Billboard U.S. Rock Albums chart at No. 2. The album was driven by the Top 10 radio tracks “Better Place” and “Let Me Live My Life,” as well as the high-concept video for the featured track “Fairy Tale.”

Collectively responsible for 28 Top 10 U.S. Rock Radio hits, including 17 No. 1s, the demand was immediately there for Saint Asonia to take to the road. Following an inaugural main stage appearance at Rock on the Range in 2015, the band set off on U.S. amphitheater tours with Breaking Benjamin and Disturbed. Their latest record, 2019’s “Flawed Design,” hit No. 3 on the U.S. Hard Music chart and spawned the Top 10 single “The Hunted” featuring Sully Erna of Godsmack. The hit song charted for 24 weeks, becoming one of the 20 most played current rock songs of the year on the radio.

Full of autobiographical storytelling, guitar-driven anthems, drinking songs, and breakup ballads, Cory Marks’ upcoming release, “Who I Am,” is rooted in the influence of his hometown, where he grew up surrounded by the salt-of-the-earth residents of North Bay, Ontario. It was there where he began playing drums at 10 years old. Whenever he wasn’t banging along to songs by Deep Purple, Ozzy Osbourne, and Rush, he was listening to his parents’ country records, developing a deep appreciation for outlaws like Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard. Those two genres – classic country and amped-up rock – would eventually join forces in Marks’ own music, earning him a string of gigs with heavyweights like Toby Keith and Brantley Gilbert along the way.

Marks’ hot single “Outlaws & Outsiders” featuring Ivan Moody, Travis Tritt, and Mick Mars debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Rock, Hard Rock Digital Songs, and Country Digital Song sales charts, Soundscan’s U.S. and Canadian Rock Genre charts, iTunes Country Songs charts in Canada, and on the Amazon Outlaw & Progressive Country charts, No. 2 on Soundscan’s Canadian Country Genre chart, No. 3 on the Amazon Country New Releases chart, and No. 5 on iTunes Country Songs charts in the U.K. and Australia. The video for the track has garnered over 10.1 million views, and the track itself has over 6.8 million streams globally.

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