Breaking Benjamin/Three Days Grace/Flyleaf

By Chip Tamplin

Published on Sunday, February 28, 2010

Chip Tamplin had the chance to check out Breaking Benjamin and Three Days Grace on their co-headlining tour, which also featured Flyleaf as a support act. Check below for his impressions and photographs from the performance.

Flyleaf:

I’ve seen Flyleaf many times over the years and they’ve never disappointed me. Tonight was no exception. While it was a little excessive that they toured in support of their debut album for a good four years, they were finally back to play some material off their newest album, Memento Mori. While Flyleaf didn’t steal the show, they definitely put on a great show for the support band and had the majority of fans rocking out and singing along to their staple songs “Fully Alive” and “I’m So Sick”. You can clearly see the evolution the band has gone through over the years both in their song writing ability as well as their showmanship.

Vocals: 9
Crowd Response: 9
Overall Sound: 9
Band Activity: 10
Overall Rating: 9.5

Set list:

1. Fully Alive
2. Beautiful Bride
3. Again
4. Cassie
5. All Around Me
6. Chasm
7. In the Dark
8. Missing
9. Swept Away
10. I’m So Sick
11. Arise
12. How He Loves [John Mark McMillan cover]

Three Days Grace:

I haven’t seen Three Days Grace since they played the DC 101 Chili Cook off in Washington DC in 2007. I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect of their set since I hadn’t listened to their new CD yet but they played enough “hits” so that I didn’t feel left out from the fun. What did surprise me, however, was the fact that they actually did a true co-headlining tour where the two headlining bands actually switched who headlined every show. Expecting Three Days Grace to headline and having them come out second was definitely a surprise, especially considering they are a much more mainstream band than Breaking Benjamin. Regardless of when they came out, Three Days Grace put on an amazing show full of hits like: “I Hate Everything About You”, “Riot!” and a special performance of singer Adam Gontier’s collaboration with Apocalyptica on “I Don’t Care”. Overall, I still find Adam Gontier’s vocals a bit too “rough” for my taste; they put on a great show and were working the crowd very well.

Vocals: 10
Crowd Response: 10
Overall Sound: 10
Band Activity: 10
Overall Rating: 10

Set list:

1. Break
2. The Good Life
3. I Hate Everything About
4. Pain
5. Home
6. Bitter Taste
7. Drum Solo
8. I Don’t Care [Apocalyptica cover]
9. Last to Know
10. Goin’ Down
11. Never Too Late
12. Riot
13. Animal I Have Become

Breaking Benjamin:

The last time I saw Breaking Benjamin was also at the DC 101 Chili Cook-Off in 2007. Unfortunately for Breaking Benjamin a good portion of the arenas crowd left after Three Days Grace’s set. However, this left the musically open-minded and die-hard Breaking Benjamin fans. While the arena was substantially emptier now, that didn’t stop Breaking Benjamin from putting on one of the most breakout performances I’ve seen in quite awhile. While I like more Three Days Grace songs than Breaking Benjamin, I was blown away by Breaking Benjamin’s show. Someone at the show told me (when I inquired about their potential set list) “whatever song you want them to play, they’ll play”. And surprisingly that premonition was true. Playing big time songs “So Cold”, “Blow Me Away”, “I Will Not Bow” and ending with their biggest mainstream song “Diary of Jane” their set was chock full of amazing energy and passion. Another great moment was when they did a fantastic cover of Aerosmith’s “Dream On” followed by singer Benjamin Burnley bringing out a video camera that was broadcasting the picture through the giant screens behind them to show the most die hard fans in attendance and subsequently to give t-shirts too. While they unfortunately did not keep the same attendance that was there for Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin gave a great show to those who decided to stay and I for one I’m glad I did.

Vocals: 10
Crowd Response: 10
Overall Sound: 10
Band Activity: 10
Overall Rating: 10

Set list:

1. I Will Not Bow
2. Until the End
3. Had Enough
4. Blow Me Away [from Halo 2 Soundtrack]
5. Sooner or Later
6. Dream On [Aerosmith cover]
7. So Cold
8. Polyamorous
9. Into the Nothing
10. Fade Away
11. Breath
12. The Diary of Jane

Photos (Bands Listed in Alphabetical Order):

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