Breaking Benjamin is an American alternative metal band from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, currently consisting of Benjamin Burnley, Aaron Fink, Mark Klepaski and Chad Szeliga. They have released four albums to date. Their music is also classed as alternative rock or post-grunge.
Formed in 1998 by vocalist Benjamin Burnley and drummer Jeremy Hummel, Breaking Benjamin quickly garnered a strong local following in their home state of Pennsylvania. The band derived their name from an incident when Burnley was covering a Nirvana song during an open mic night at a club. He kicked the microphone stand over, breaking it. The person who owned the microphone came on stage and said, "I'd like to thank Benjamin for breaking my @#*! microphone." In 1999 the band changed its name shortly to Plan 9 then in late 2001, after various line-up changes, the band changed its name back to "Breaking Benjamin" and two friends of Burnley, Aaron Fink and Mark Klepaski, left their previous band, Lifer, and joined the ranks of Breaking Benjamin as guitarist and bassist, respectively. According to the band, the Breaking Benjamin logo is a variation of the Celtic knot, with four interlocking "B"s. The logo is tattooed on the left wrist of Ben Burnley, Aaron Fink, and Mark James Klepaski, and the right wrist of Chad Szeliga. The band is currently signed to Hollywood records and released four albums so far. They achieved their first number 1 single in 2007 with the track "Breath" off their third album Phobia.
My boyfriend and I and three other friends drove from Memphis to Little Rock to go and see Breaking Benjamin and The Days Grace. All I can say is Breaking Benjamin ROCKED the house. They had the best stage show I have ever seen and the performance was AWESOME. Being I really like both bands but I do have to say Three Days Grace should have been opeening for Breaking Benjamin.