Breaking Benjamin bring Ember tour to Raleigh with Chevelle and Three Days Grace
Breaking Benjamin, Chevelle, with Three Days Grace gave us a back to school send-off like no other.
Written by Dianna Augustine | Photos by Luke Jamroz
What a hot summer it has been and what a week of shows to close it out. Many of the youngins and college heads are all gearing up to be stuck at a desk again and dream of days mosh-pitting and singing the summer away. We were treated to three solid acts last night in Raleigh and Luke Jamroz was in the photo pit to bring you all the sights.
The show opened with Canadian alt-rockers Three Days Grace (RCA Records) giving us a 10 song set to ramp up the crowd for an insane night of moshing.
Early this year they released their sixth studio album Outsider to rave acclaim, and on March 14 the band won Rock Artist of the Year at the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards! They started the night off with one of their latest singles “The Mountain” from their latest album Outsider.
A great rock-pop single about overcoming yourself and finding a way to keep internally pushing yourself regardless if you are knocked back down. This track is one of the less dark songs on the new album and a great way to start a night off.
They toured around their catalog throughout the show and closer to the end of the set they played their most popular track “I Hate Everything About You,” that has been streamed well over 250 million times on Spotify.
The crowd all sang in unison and when the hook chorus came around the screams to the lyrics were deafening and empowering. We’d all like to say fuck you to an ex or two and this was our chance, even if at the end we still love them and the lyrics.
Yesterday we received a press release about Humanitarian Day and what the band was contributing.
Today on World Humanitarian Day, Three Days Grace and World Vision Canada release the video for the Kenya Project. The Kenya Project is a MTN of Hope social justice initiative created by Three Days Grace. Visit http://mtnofhope.com/. The project protects Kenyan children from violence and provides them with clean water to ensure they are both safe and healthy. On their 2018 Canadian Fall tour, $1 from every ticket sale went towards this project.
In the fall of 2018 Three Days Grace band members, Neil Sanderson , and Matt Walst visited the Mwatate and Taveta communities near Nairobi with World Vision Canada. In these communities, they were inspired by great programs that help protect victims of abuse, particularly those with disabilities. Matt and Neil saw the big differences being made by clean water projects, and how much work is still to be done. That is why Three Days Grace are committed to walk together with these children to not only save, but transform their lives for the better. Three Days Grace hope to empower their fans to join them so more children can be safe, healthy and have a chance to reach their full potential.
You can see more about this project here:
Now is your chance to see them live, we’ll keep you updated on all things TDG with upcoming tour dates and possible new videos in the making!
Next up was Illinois rockers Chevelle. You might have first heard of them back in 1999 when you couldn’t go anywhere without one of their tracks blasting through a speaker.
The radio-heavy rockers, after their debut album Point #1, let out a bevy of hits including “The Red,” “Send the Pain Below,” and “Face to the Floor,” a poignant track in the aftermath of Ponzi schemes, especially the ones involving Bernie Madoff. Among the many swindled by Madoff was the actor Kevin Bacon, and Chevelle have openly stated the song was for him.
Earlier this month the band tore-up the highways to steamroll their Lollapalooza performance with a 13 song set which many stamped as one of their favorite shows of the night!
But tonight they landed themselves on the Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek stage in Raleigh, NC to bring the noise and all us sweaty fans were there to headbang and dance. Chevelle ripped through 11 songs of heavenly rock and madness.
The crowd bobbed and swayed to the music. Every once in a while you’d see an Adidas a bit too close to your face while it was swimming across the crowd attached to a pumped-up fan singing every word on the way into the photo pit to run back out and try it all over again.
Yesterday the band announced an intimate headlining tour and two West coast festival appearances this fall including Aftershock Festival in Sacramento California on October 13, directly following a headlining show in Riverside Auditorium in Riverside, Ca and San Diego’s House of Blues on October 15 and 16. Openers Aeges, a Shutter 16 alumni fave, will be on those dates. The band will round out their new dates at Las Rageous Festival in Las Vegas on October 19. Headline tickets will be available Friday, August 23, 2019, at 10:00 AM local time for those who just cannot get enough Chevelle in their life. If this is the case make sure to pick up a cold beer at Revolution Brewing in Chicago. Their beer La Gargola is a classic German-style Helles Lager and their first brewer collaboration. Worth a taste and make sure to pick up a 6-pack and send it to one of your fellow Chevelle fanatics!
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CHEVELLE INTIMATE HEADLINE TOUR DATES:
9/27 – Louisville, KY @ Louder Than Life
10/13 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival
10/15 – Riverside, CA @ Riverside Municipal Auditorium
10/16 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
10/19 – Las Vegas, NV @ Las Rageous Festival
The night’s final act, Breaking Benjamin, has spent much of 2019 on the road and with good reason. The band released their highly anticipated sixth studio album Ember (Hollywood Records) in 2018 and have been gaining major traction since.
They are a household name and if you have unfortunately never experienced them live or heard their track you know the name. BB’s newest album is the follow up to 2015’s Dark Before Dawn, which debuted at number 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 and was led by three number one rock radio tracks.
We were treated to some of them such as “Red Cold River” to start their set form the new album. It’s a dark track about love and loss, a song well-received previewing the release of the newest album. It was a touchback to the band’s very melodic yet guitar-heavy days and the crowd was ready for it.
Jumping to each heavy blast beat and belting of the guttural yells of “I can not feel anything at all.’ while pyro shot about enhanced the song experience. The song was the first of many tracks performed from the group’s latest album, Ember. Band founder Benjamin Burnley led the charge with a show that featured every member of the group along with a series of special effects.
Flames and smoke shot into the air on an almost regular basis. The crowd sang religiously to every song, at times so loud that one could barely hear Ben’s vocals. The setlist covered a wide range of BB classic tracks.
Songs like “I Will Not Bow” from Dear Agony to the track “Blow Me Away” and of course the hits “So Cold”, “Sooner or Later” and a cool mesh of covers including The Imperial March / Cowboys From Hell / Smells Like Teen Spirit / Bohemian Rhapsody / Enter Sandman / Bulls On Parade / and an intense drum solo.
Burnley and Breaking Benjamin proved once again why 2019 has taken them once again to the top of the world of Hard Rock.
The night was one to remember and hold of the summer blues just a little longer for many of the attendees. The fiery breath of summer’s heat cooling down will leave trinkets of embers for us to pull on for the seasons to come. Until next time when we have a chance for a night to escape all our woes and work life, we can only hope they come back to town soon. If you are lucky enough to still be on the roster of shows, don’t miss this show it’s one of the ones you’ll be talking about for many years to come!
Catch This Tour:
8/21 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheatre
8/22 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
8/24 – Syracuse, NY @ St. Joseph’s Amphitheater at Lakeview
8/25 – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
8/28 – Bangor, ME @ Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
8/30 – Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
8/31 – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
9/4 – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
9/6 – Rogers, AR @ Walmart Amphitheater – Arkansas Music Pavilion
9/7 – Bonner Springs, KS @ Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
9/9 – Austin, TX @ Austin 360 Amphitheater
9/10 – Dallas, TX @ Dos Equis Pavilion
9/13 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
9/15 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
9/16 – Irvine, CA @ Five Point Amphitheater
9/18 – Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
9/21 – Ridgefield, WA @ Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre
9/22 – Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
9/25 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre