Breaking Benjamin kept the weekend going a little bit longer in Phoenix with their return to the Marquee Theater on Monday. With openers Red in tow, the packed house was in for a killer night of hard rock.
Christian rock quartet Red warmed the crowd up with a slew of hits from each of their 5 albums, including "Breathe Into Me" and "Shadows", co-written by tour mate Ben Burnley. Fans were in for even more of a treat when Breaking Benjamin guitarist Jasen Rauch joined his old bandmates on stage to rock with them on one of the tracks. They undoubtedly did their job of getting the crowd amped and ready to go, winning over new fans and leaving the long time fans on an adrenaline high.
When it was time for Breaking Benjamin to hit the stage the venue was packed from back to front, eagerly awaiting the beginning notes to "So Cold". Given their impressive number of top charting rock songs, it was no problem getting the crowd to sing along to each and every word. The band continued to show off how talented and well rounded they are, with Burnley turning the vocals over to guitarist Keith Wallen on "Sooner or Later" and bassist Aaron Bruch on "Simple Design". Burnley also showed off a bit, rocking the drums randomly throughout the set and showing us a different side to his voice on ballad "Ashes of Eden".. Midway through the set they broke into a medley of classics, including the Star Wars theme, Nirvana, and Pantera that got the crowd moving even more. Things slowed down a bit while the entire theater got a chance to catch their breath and sing happy birthday to Rauch. Finally, the night came to a bittersweet close with "Diary of Jane".