Breaking Benjamin is an American rock band founded in 1998 by Benjamin Burnley in Wilkes-Barre,
Pennsylvania. Burnley is the sole constant of the band, withstanding multiple line-up changes,
and is the primary songwriter and lead vocalist.
Also known as
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States
Alternative metal, post-grunge
Lifer, Forever Oeuvre, OurAfter
The band's name originates from an incident during an open-mic night at a club,
when Burnley dropped the microphone he was using to cover a
The owner of the microphone remarked afterward,
"I'd like to thank Benjamin for breaking my f*cking microphone".
In 1999, the group briefly changed their name to "Plan 9", but soon after changed
Benjamin Burnley – lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Keith Wallen – guitar, backing vocals
Jasen Rauch – lead guitar
Aaron Bruch – bass, backing vocals
Shaun Foist – drums, percussion
Aaron Fink – lead guitar, backing vocals
Nicholaus Hoover – bass guitar
Chris Lightcap – drums, percussion
Andy Seal (Plan 9) - bass guitar
Jeremy Hummel – drums, percussion
Jason Davoli (Plan 9) – bass guitar
Jonathan "Bug" Price – bass guitar, backing vocals
Mark Klepaski – bass guitar
Chad Szeliga – drums, percussion
Breaking Benjamin Quotes
Ben and I started playing together in 1999 and 2000. We got together and started playing. The whole band first played on New Years Eve on the turnover of 2002.
It’s really cool. I would say the best part is that the fans of the band aren’t just the type of fans that are into just one song. Either fans are hardcore or they haven’t heard much from us yet. The people that get into the band are in love with the whole album. It’s not like they heard the single and that is all, they seem to get into the album as a whole. They become hardcore fans.
Um, well, you know, you're immersed in a world that's not real. You can be whoever you want. You wanna fly a jet, and save the world that way? Or run through running and gunning, you can do it that way. I like the immersion of it. Ever since I was a kid, I've always enjoyed video games.
You know, I really don't know, because kids are obviously very easily influenced. I, myself, personally, have been playing violent video games since I was a kid, and I never wanted to blow anybody, you know, no pun intended, but I never wanted to blow anybody away. I don't think it made a difference for me whatsoever. The only thing that would make me be violent, is if somebody were violent towards me.
Billy really encouraged me to think outside of the box, and not to be so cookie-cutter about my writing my music. And, just exploring different things. We wrote a tune called Forget It, that a lot of people really seem to dig. It's unconventional. It's like nothing else I've written, so...
-Ben Burnley (about Billy Corgan)