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Breaking Benjamin and Five Finger Death Punch kicked off their co-headlining tour at the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn, WA on Monday, to dedicated fans brave enough to endure nearly 100 degree heat, –in support of their latest album releases (Ember and And Justice for None, respectively). Also on tour in support of their debut album (Disobey) as direct support is Bad Wolves with special guest Diamante.
Bad Wolves hails from Los Angeles, CA and consists of members Tommy Vext (Divine Heresy, Snot) on vocals, John Boecklin (ex-Devildriver) on drums, Chris Cain (Bury Your Dead) on guitars, Doc Coyle (ex-God Forbid) also on guitar), and Kyle Konkiel ex-In This Moment on bass. The band’s rendition of The Cranberries “Zombie” has hit #1 across music charts. Many fans were curious if they’d perform the song live before the show, and they did not let down. They also performed their heavier songs from their debut album Disobey and their slower more melodic songs as well -which did not disappoint the fans who were waiting for the opportunity for a brutal mosh pit, nor the fans who wanted to pull out their lighters and wave them in the air. Diamante also joined Vext on stage to perform “Hear Me Now”.
Co-Headliners Five Finger Death Punch (Ivan Moody – vocals, Zoltan Bathory—guitar, Chris Kael—bass, Jeremy Spencer—drums, Jason Hook–guitar) played older fan favorites such as “Burn MF” and their cover of Bad Company’s “Bad Company”, as well as newer songs off of their latest album And Justice For none. Ivan dedicated an emotional “Wrong Side of Heaven” to his friend, the late Vinnie Paul. Adding to an already brightly lit large stage production, was a paraglider in the background of the scenic White River Ampitheatre which Moody called the audience’s attention to and took a moment from performing so that the crowd to join him in enjoying the moment.
Breaking Benjamin (Benjamin Burnley—vocals, Jasen Rauch—guitar, Keith Wallen—guitar, Aaron Bruch—bass, Shaun Foist—drums ) closed the night playing older favorites such as “The Dairy of Jane” and “I Will Not Bow”, and newer songs such as “Red Cold River” and “Torn In Two”. Notably epic was the interlude/medley that consisted of a mash up of “Imerpial March”, Tool’s “Schism”, Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, Pantera’s “Walk”, and Metallica’s “Sad But True”.
The bands will continue their U.S tour throughout the summer with Nothing More joining to support them.