The popular alt-metal band Breaking Benjamin has developed a cult following since their inception in 2001. They shook up the world of rock with hit albums like Phobia and Dear Agony, and have played energetic tour dates to hundreds of screaming fans. Breaking Benjamin is currently on hiatus due to the illness of frontman Ben Brunley, which will mean no tour dates for 2011. As Brunley's condition isn't life-threatening, fans can expect more concert dates in the future; as well as a greatest hits album rumored to be released in late 2011.
Ben Brunley briefly started Breaking Benjamin in 1998, but restarted the band in 2000 with a different lineup (except for original guitarist, Aaron Fink). After releasing a hugely successful, self-titled EP in 2001, Breaking Benjamin released Saturate in 2001. The album reached #2 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and featured the hit single, "Polyamorous". Breaking Benjamin released We Are Not Alone in 2004 and the album went platinum a year later, with the single "So Cold" reached the top of the singles charts. The release of the album was followed by a nasty fallout with original drummer Jeremy Hummel, but also led to some high profile tour dates for Breaking Benjamin.
Breaking Benjamin reached the next plateau of their success upon the release of Phobia in 2006. The platinum album was supported by the hit single, "The Diary of Jane", as well as a plethora of tour dates in the US. Breaking Benjamin only plays tour dates in the United States due to Brunley's intense fear of flying; just one of his many phobias that inspired the album. Breaking Benjamin continued their successful streak with the release of Dear Agony in 2009. The album debuted on the charts at #4 and sold 134,000 in its first week.
In 2010, Breaking Benjamin went on hiatus due to complications of Brunley's Wernicke's ecncephalopathy. The disease is caused by Brunley's alcoholic past and effects his memory and muscle function, greatly affecting his performance on tour dates. Breaking Benjamin has announced that they will reunite only after Brunley is better, but there has been no indication as to when that will be. That means no new albums for a while and no concert dates in 2011, but there have been rumors of a greatest hits album in the works. Fans can check Eventful for any updates on the status of Breaking Benjamin's hiatus.
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