Breaking Benjamin returned to Irvine’s FivePoint Amphitheatre with their coheadlining tour featuring Three Days Grace, Chevelle, Dorothy and Diamante. The stacked line-up started early in the evening with Diamante hitting the stage first; the blue-haired rocker adorned in spike studded glasses, black leather hat and laced up leather pants started off her set with, “Bite Your Kiss”, followed by “Haunted”, “Hear Me Now,” “Sleepwalking,” “Sound of Us” and concluded her set with “War Cry.”
Next on the lineup was another female rocker, powerhouse Dorothy; cloaked in smoke and a hint of mystery, the singer, half-hidden under a large black brimmed hat, began her set under a golden sun. Dorothy owned the stage with strong powerful vocals as her silver sequenced duster sparkled in the setting sun as the band played a 6-song set to an ever-growing crowd.
As coheadliners Three Days Grace took to the stage, fans were ecstatic as the rockers started off their set with, “The Mountain”, a single from their newest album, Outsider, released in 2018. The band played a lengthy list of their biggest hits including "Home," "The Good Life," "Pain," "Infra-Red," "Break," "I Hate Everything About You," "Animal I Have Become," "Never Too Late," and "Riot."
By the time Chevelle hit the stage the sun had fully set, and the stage was cloaked in red and smoke as the band played to a full crowd of rowdy fans. The band played an almost flawless set until the very last song when lead singer Pete Loeffler made an unexpected disappearing act when the stage curtain fell covering the singer completely and ending the performance prematurely. Luckily no one was hurt in the situation and the show was able to go on without any mishaps.
Breaking Benjamin was greeted to a deafening crowd of fans of all ages as the rockers took to the stage in a colorful light show complete with pyro and smoke. The band played a plethora of hits from their multiple studio albums which had fans singing along to every word. In true Breaking Benjamin fashion, the band invited their littlest rocker fans up to the stage mid show for an unforgettable experience as the kids joined the band for a performance of “Breathe”. The band went on to play a song from their first album, Polyamorous and even did a fun instrumental mash up which included, “ The Imperial March / Cowboys From Hell / Smells Like Teen Spirit / Bohemian Rhapsody / Enter Sandman / Bulls On Parade / Drum Solo”
The band concluded with an encore of “Rain” and “Diary of Jane.” With only four cities left, the tour concludes on Sept 25th in Salt Lake City. If you missed Breaking Benjamin this summer, you have another chance to catch them at this year's Louder Than Left festival in Louisville KY.