Breaking Benjamin tours the country with Alice in Chains and Bush on Aug. 10-Oct. 8
From a press release:
It was announced today that multi-platinum-selling bands Alice in Chains and Breaking Benjamin will come together for the first time for a co-headlining tour with special guests Bush to put on a memorable night of rock music across the country, making it “one of the hottest tours of the summer.”
Produced by Live Nation, the 30-city trek kicks off in Pennsylvania on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at The Pavilion at Star Lake (665 Route 18, Burgettstown) and hits the Waterfront Music Pavilion (formerly BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, NJ) on Thursday, Aug. 11; St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview (490 Restoration Way, Syracuse, NY) on Saturday, Aug. 13; and Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater (895 Bay Parkway, Wantagh, NY) on Sunday, Aug. 14. It then winds across the United States, with stops in Milwaukee, Salt Lake City, Dallas, Seattle, Irvine, and more before wrapping up in in Mansfield, Massachusetts on Oct. 8.
Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 11 via Ticketmaster and breakingbenjamin.com. Several of these venues are also participating in Live Nation’s $199 Lawn Pass program, with a limited number of seasonal passes on sale now at lawnpass.livenation.com.
With over 30 years behind them and 30 million records sold, the upcoming tour marks Alice in Chains’ first tour dates in nearly three years. The band will be playing iconic songs from their classic albums like “Dirt” and “Facelift” as well as fan favorites from their more recent releases “Rainier Fog” and “Black Gives Way to Blue.”
In 2020, the group was honored with the Museum of Pop’s annual Founders Award. The celebration was streamed worldwide, viewed well over one million times, and offered fans a chance to see acoustic performances from AiC as well as covers from musicians and friends of the band.
“We’re looking forward to finally hitting the road again this summer,” Sean Kinney, founding member and drummer for Alice in Chains, said about the new tour.
“It’s been too long, and we can’t wait to get outdoors and share a night of music with our fans again.”
Alongside Alice in Chains, Wilkes-Barre natives Breaking Benjamin are looking forward to performing live, coming off a pair of successful tours last fall and gearing up for a spring run with Seether. Their most recent work, “Aurora,” was released in January of 2020. Comprised of reimagined versions from their critically acclaimed catalog, the album quickly became a fan favorite and featured the brand new song “Far Away.” As always, the band will be performing a set chock full of hits all summer long.
“We are so extremely excited to be hitting the road with Alice in Chains and Bush,” Breaking Benjamin frontman Ben Burnley commented.
“It’s such an honor to share the stage with such amazing bands that we grew up listening to and have influenced us so very much! We can’t wait to see you all out there!”
Breaking Benjamin was set to hit the road with Bush in 2020 and make a stop at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton, but that tour was canceled due to the pandemic and The Pavilion remained closed for the season that year. BB returned to Montage with Papa Roach in 2021.
Over the course of their remarkable career, Alice in Chains – vocalist/guitarist Jerry Cantrell, drummer Sean Kinney, bassist Mike Inez, and vocalist/guitarist William DuVall – has garnered multiple Grammy nominations, sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, and amassed a diehard international fan base whose members number in the millions. Their discography features some of the biggest and most important albums in rock history, including 1992’s quadruple-platinum-certified “Dirt,” 1994’s triple platinum “Jar of Flies,” which was the first EP in music history to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200, and 1995’s self-titled double platinum “Alice in Chains,” which also entered the Billboard Top 200 at No. 1.
They returned in grand style in 2009 with the critically acclaimed “Black Gives Way to Blue,” which hit No. 1 across the rock and alternative charts, earned a Grammy Award nomination, was certified gold, and hailed by Vice as “a record that’s as powerful as anything the band has done.” The band’s latest album, 2018’s “Rainier Fog,” hit No. 1 across Billboard’s Rock, Alternative, and Hard Music charts and No. 1 on the iTunes Rock Album chart, and earned them a Grammy nod for Best Rock Album. Alice in Chains remains one of the most successful and influential American rock bands of all time.
Breaking Benjamin are no strangers to the upper echelons of the rock charts. Since bursting onto the scene with 2002’s “Saturate,” the band has amassed an impressive string of mainstream rock radio hits (including “The Diary of Jane” and the No. 1 singles “So Cold,” “Failure,” “Breath,” and “I Will Not Bow”), with 10 songs hitting No., numerous platinum and multi-platinum songs and albums, 8.5 billion combined streams worldwide, and a social imprint of over 6.5 million – a testament to their global influence and loyal fan base.
Their 2020 release “Aurora” gave Breaking Benjamin their 10th No. 1 song on rock radio with “Far Away” featuring Scooter Ward of Cold. Their last studio album, 2018’s “Ember,” debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200 and marked the multi-platinum 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.” Both “Aurora” and “Ember” charted in the Top 10 across numerous countries worldwide and topped No. 1 charts across multiple genres, including Top Alternative Albums, Top Rock Albums, Top Hard Rock Albums, and Top Digital Albums.
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 over 20 million records in the U.S. and Canada alone. They’ve also compiled an amazing string of 23 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 latest album, 2020’s “The Kingdom,” followed 2017’s “Black and White Rainbows,” which People magazine hailed as “a triumphant return.”