Nu-Metal rockers KORN and Pennsylvania natives Breaking Benjamin kicked off their 24-date winter tour in Allentown, PA at PPL Center with special guests BONES UK.
Kicking off the evening was Grammy-nominated rock band, BONES UK, who gave an energy-filled unique performance. Their set launched with Rosie Bones telling the crowd, “We’re Bones, and you’re about to get boned.” Carmen Vandenberg and Bones both know how to rock a stage and demand your attention even if you have never heard of them before. Powering through their 30-minute impressive set with “Creature,” “Choke,” “Black Blood” and their David Bowie cover of “I’m Afraid of Americans.” Before giving fans a taste of what they are about and that is to prove women can rock despite what some may say and that is vibrantly present in their angst-single “Girls Can’t Play Guitar.” Ending their incredible performance with the edgy “Beautiful is Boring” which allowed Vandenberg and Bones to showcase their guitar abilities and of course their Grammy-nominated song “Pretty Waste” which was nominated for Best Rock Performance at the 2020 GRAMMY Awards. “Pretty Waste” comes from their self-titled debut LP. We highly suggest that you check out BONES UK as they are certainly a band to watch in 2020 with their anthemic sound.
Next, Pennsylvania natives Breaking Benjamin darkened the stage to perform their hits to the near capacity enthusiastic, energized crowd. Kicking their set off in high-gear with one of the band’s biggest hits “The Diary of Jane” which made the crowd instantly erupt into one big sing-a-long, however that wasn’t the biggest sing-a-long of the evening as the crowd really loved when the band played their deep cut “Shallow Bay.” Breaking Benjamin never disappoints live as not only are the tunes they perform songs that will live forever as hits that never grow old but also as the band members are each very talented guys from the riffs of Keith Wallen and Jasen Rauch to the soothing deep roars of Benjamin Burnley and Aaron Bruch and Shaun Foist’s pounding drum rhythms.
Breaking Benjamin’s new acoustic album, Aurora, which came out the day after the show and we were shocked that the band didn’t include any acoustic segments into their set to promote the album and showcase their acoustic abilities. Although the band did have an unfortunately short show as even though the tour is branded to look as if this is a co-headlining tour, it didn’t seem like it as the set was kind of brief, but that was for both Korn and Breaking Benjamin. Breaking Benjamin had a 12-song, 50-minute set that did include fan favorites like “Shallow Bay,” “Red Cold River,” “Failure” and of course the hits like “Breathe” and “The Diary of Jane.”
Korn performed a 15-song set which included a 4-song encore that included “4U,” “Twist,” “Coming Undone” and “Falling Away From Me.” Launching their set as a curtain fluttered to the ground with “Here to Stay.” The band also performed several songs from their latest album, The Nothing, including “Can You Hear Me,” “Cold” and “You’ll Never Find Me.” Also, powering through hits like “Divine,” “Make Me Bad,” “Blind,” “Freak On A Leash” and more.
Korn’s Jonathan Davis made sure to showcase the band longevity by noting that last year, his band “celebrated our 25th f–king anniversary.” Longevity shined vibrantly within both Breaking Benjamin and Korn’s set as they performed their classic’s as well as new material which shows their maturation.
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