Live at the Tabernacle in Atlanta
By: Gary Flinn
Breaking Benjamin rolled into Atlanta last Thursday night and brought a sold out crowd to the Tabernacle once again. The Dark Before Dawn Tour with Starset has been playing to packed houses across the country and this night was no exception. As I got to the venue, the line that had formed outside was easily two blocks long and growing. Once inside, the crowd seemed almost surreal. There was an unfamiliar calm to it. Even one of the event security guys commented to me as we were standing stage front that he didn’t know what to think because everyone seemed so “relaxed”. It wouldn’t last long.
As Starset came out and kicked things into motion, the crowd came to life and stayed that way for the rest of the night. Then, Breaking Benjamin’s set began with the opening notes of “So Cold” and the crowd roared its approval. From there, what seemed to be a two hour sing-a-long began, with the crowd singing every song right along with the band. From old classics to new favorites, Breaking Benjamin delivered a night filled with something for every fan in the room. Old hits like “Sooner or Later”, “Blow Me Away”, “Breathe”, “Polyamorous” and “I Will Not Bow”, were coupled with new offerings like “Angels Fall”, “Failure”, and the debut live performance of “Bury Me Alive”.
One of my favorite parts of the show was the medley of covers the band has played the last two times I’ve seen them. Tonight it was “Schism” (Tool), “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (Nirvana), and my personal favorite, “Walk” (Pantera). Shortly thereafter, during “Give Me a Sign”, Ben Burnley had everyone bring out their cellphone and turn on the flashlight. A few good natured jabs at fans without phones who “must still use a payphone” and Burnley had every light in the venue turned off except the thousands of cellphones held high. I must admit it was a pretty awesome sight to behold. My only regret is that I wasn’t on stage or in the pit to have been able to capture it from that point of view.
Breaking Benjamin continue touring the U.S. with a range of dates from now through late April. The band then heads across the pond for a European tour through early summer. A co-headlining tour with Disturbed, Alterbridge, and Saint Asonia has also been announced; however, dates and specific venues have not been released as of yet.
Set list from the Tabernacle in Atlanta:
Sooner or Later (Keith Wallen lead vocals)
Simple Design (Aaron Bruch lead vocals)
Believe (Aaron Bruch lead vocals)
Bury Me Alive (Live Debut)
Review and Photos By:
Gary Flinn HHM/Beyond The Pit photography
Check out photos from the show on the HHM Facebook Page
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