Breaking Benjamin -- The National | Richmond, VA | 4 May 2017
Photos Courtesy of: Annette Holloway
As soon as Breaking Benjamin took the stage with the capacity crowd at The National, the adoration of Richmond, Virginia fans filled the iconic, historic scene. The artist’s opening hit song “So Cold,” from the 2004 album You are Not Alone, made the faithful feel alive in an instant. Next, the beloved Benjamin dove into his latest work, “Dark Before Dawn,” with the song “Angels Fall.” It was clear with this 2015 album that he boldly refused to leave his signature mix of hard rock, alternative metal and post-grunge, and continued in 2017 to blow away audiences in sold out shows across the country.
With this masterful comeback in recent years, frontman Benjamin Burnley fortified his powerful live performances with guitarists Jasen Rauch, Keith Wallen and bassist Aaron Bruch. As if that weren’t enough, Keith Wallen and Aaron Bruch added depth to the mix with both solo and backup vocals. Shaun Foist’s adrenaline on drums pulled it all together in Richmond with fun and finesse, even when he whipped out his phone to take a selfie.
With an obvious affection for the audience, Benjamin took time during the show to express his appreciation as if talking to a friend. Perhaps the relationship between him and his faithful following could be summed up with lyrics from “Ashes of Eden.” “Are you with me after all? …. stay don’t let me go, until the Ashes of Eden fall. “