After attending Breaking Benjamin’s “Unplugged” tour with Starset earlier this year at the House of Blues, I was positive that that was my favorite show. However, after seeing them perform at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion with Saint Asonia, Alter Bridge, and Disturbed, I immediately changed my mind. Their “Unplugged” tour was a complete success, but when plugged in, nothing could stop the five-piece band from putting on an absolutely flawless show- not even the storm that drenched the crowd on the lawn all night.
With beers in their hands, the crowd instantly roared as the lights dimmed and “So Cold’s” intro began. Imagine going to a football game, your team scoring a touchdown, and the crowd screaming their asses off in excitement. That is what the venue sounded like as Benjamin Burnley, Aaron Bruch, Shaun Foist, Keith Wallen, and Jasen Rauch took the stage. Out of all the concerts I have attended, this show was, by far, the loudest.
Not only was the crowd screaming with excitement, they were also singing the words loud and proud. “You’re so cold, but you feel alive,” the whole crowd would sing with Benjamin. A wide smile appeared across his face as he and the crowd sang the famous chorus. I can’t lie, I was even singing along and jamming out in the pit with my camera in my hands.
The whole show was filled with emotion. With thousands of people singing along- men, women, children, teenagers, etc. – it was hard to hear the band on stage. I would normally get upset if I wasn’t able to hear the show I came there for, but this was something different. This was something special. The crowd was in perfect sync. Men and women of all ages put their hands in the air and sang their hearts out. I even caught a few tears from falling as they played “Ashes of Eden,” their slowest song.
As they ended with “The Diary of Jane,” I couldn’t help but smile as I watched the five of them look into each and every soul in the crowd with smiles on their faces. Definitely put this tour on the “Must See” list!
Check out my shots from the show here.