Breaking Band, a new original series from AXS TV airs on Wednesdays at 9pm beginning October 14, 2015. The six-episode 30-minute documentary style reality series places legendary musical artists into the role of mentors, pairing them with up-and-coming artists for a once in a lifetime collaboration. This seasons mentors are musician and TV personality Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray), pop queen Belinda Carlisle (The Go-Go's), rock legend Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), award winning producer and techno icon Moby, metal master Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), and guitar idol Dave Navarro (Janes Addiction).
As mentors, their role is to share advice and to support the breaking artists debut live performance – potentially even taking the stage to join them for the encore to make broadcast history.Each episode of Breaking Band features emerging artists whom are mentored by musical legends as they take the stage for the biggest show of their career!
Runtime: 30 minutes
Breaking Band - Breaking Benjamin - Netflix
Breaking Benjamin is an American rock band from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, founded in 1999 by lead singer and guitarist Benjamin Burnley and drummer Jeremy Hummel. The first lineup of the band also included guitarist Aaron Fink and bassist Mark Klepaski. This lineup released two albums, Saturate (2002) and We Are Not Alone (2004), before Hummel was replaced by Chad Szeliga in 2005. The band released two more studio albums, Phobia (2006) and Dear Agony (2009), before entering an extended hiatus in early 2010 due to Burnley's recurring illnesses. The release of a compilation album amid the hiatus, Shallow Bay: The Best of Breaking Benjamin (2011), unauthorized by Burnley, brought about legal trouble within the band resulting in the dismissal of Fink and Klepaski. Szeliga later announced his departure in 2013 citing creative differences. Burnley remained the sole member of the band until late 2014, when the current lineup was announced, including bassist and backing vocalist Aaron Bruch, guitarist and backing vocalist Keith Wallen, guitarist Jasen Rauch, and drummer Shaun Foist. The band afterward released Dark Before Dawn (2015) and Ember (2018). Despite significant lineup changes, the band's musical style and lyrical content have remained consistent, with Burnley serving as the primary composer and lead vocalist since the band's inception. The band has commonly been noted for its formulaic hard rock tendencies with angst-heavy lyrics, swelling choruses, and “crunching” guitars. In the United States alone, the band has sold more than 7 million units and yielded three RIAA-certified platinum records, two gold records, and several certified singles, including two multi-platinum, two platinum, and five gold. The band has also produced one number one record on the Billboard 200.
Breaking Band - Dear Agony (2009–2010) - Netflix
Breaking Benjamin began working on a fourth album, titled Dear Agony, in 2009. It was the first album Burnley wrote while completely sober. In 2007, Burnley experienced fatigue and phosphenes following three consecutive days of no sleep and heavy drinking, after which he decided to remain sober. Burnley acknowledged an improved clarity and coherence within Dear Agony due to his sobriety. The album cover features Burnley's brain scan, representing the recurrent themes on Dear Agony related to the singer's chronic illnesses caused by alcohol consumption. Burnley collaborated with then-Red guitarist Jasen Rauch on various tracks for Dear Agony: The two equally wrote together the songs “Without You” and “Hopeless”, and Rauch wrote the outro for “I Will Not Bow”, also helping write “Lights Out”. Burnley said of the collaboration, “I love writing with him because he does stuff exactly like I would've done,” adding, “writing-wise, we're like the same person.” Dear Agony was released on September 9, 2009, and peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200. The disc initially outsold its predecessor in its first week, moving more than 134,000 copies. It ultimately achieved gold certification on February 16, 2010. The album's lead single “I Will Not Bow” reached No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart, and went platinum on November 24, 2015. The other two singles, “Lights Out” and “Give Me a Sign”, peaked at No. 9 and No. 6 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart, respectively (the latter of which also receiving a gold certification on November 24, 2015). Breaking Benjamin toured in support of the album in January and February 2010 with Three Days Grace and Flyleaf, then with Red, Chevelle, and Thousand Foot Krutch in March 2010. In April, Breaking Benjamin began touring with Nickelback, Shinedown, and Sick Puppies on their Dark Horse Tour. Prior to the last show of the Dark Horse Tour, Burnley stated he was ill and therefore no longer able to tour in support of the album, placing the band on hiatus. After internet rumors began to circulate that the band had broken up, Burnley released a statement “officially letting everyone know that Breaking Benjamin has not broken up.” Dear Agony received mixed critical reception. AllMusic's James Monger gave the album a positive review, stating it “feels a lot like their first three”, noting a consistency that “feels like a well-oiled machine.” The disc received a negative review from Consequence of Sound's Alex Young, who complained of over-production and the disc's sell-out nature at the hands of three-time Breaking Benjamin producer David Bendeth: “Dear Agony is the unfortunate side effect of a trend in 'producer' David Bendeth's world, training wild chimpanzees to be more tasteful whilst handling silverware”, ultimately giving the record a half-star “for teaching Breaking Benjamin's peers who not to hire for production credit.” About Entertainment gave the record a mixed review, feeling that “Though it lacks the breakthrough singles of Phobia, Dear Agony does have its moments,” adding, “frustratingly, Dear Agony never reaches greatness, settling for an admirable competency that's still the envy of many of their contemporaries.”
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