Disturbed's David Draiman and Breaking Benjamin's Benjamin Burnley Talk Post-Hiatus, Co-Headlining Tour
Tuesday, Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin revealed plans for a co-headlining tour this summer. The two bands make a fitting pair, as both of them returned from hiatuses in the past year with new albums: Disturbed with Immortalized, and Breaking Benjamin with Dark Before Dawn. Even prior to any tour plans, the members of Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin were simply very happy to welcome each other back.
"We're fans of each other, and we've followed each others' careers over the course of them," Disturbed's David Draiman tells ABC Radio. "And [Breaking Benjamin] had an amazing record this year -- they've had many amazing records, but this year they definitely made a very, very huge, demonstrative return, and we did our best to try and follow the bar set by these guys."
Breaking Benjamin announced the end of their hiatus before Disturbed did, and frontman Benjamin Burnley felt the same way about Disturbed being back that fans of his band did about their return.
"Not only is it a dream come true to tour with [Disturbed], but as a fan of the band, I want to have new Disturbed albums," Burnley tells ABC Radio. "I want to just have them exist, because what they do is so needed in this world. So I was as pleasantly pleased to hear Disturbed was coming back just like anybody else that's a fan of the band would be."
Along with Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin, the tour's bill includes Saint Asonia and Alter Bridge. Both Draiman and Burnley agree that they'd like to bust out a few onstage collaborations during the outing, what with so many acclaimed lead singers on the bill.
"It's very intimidating as a vocalist to be on this tour," says Burnley.
"Because everybody is just so good at what they do, that, like, I'm scared to have one off note," he laughs. However, he and Draiman believe that the presence of singers like Adam Gontier and Myles Kennedy, as well as each other, will only make them each give a better effort.
"When everybody else is bringing their A-game, and they're a certain level of proficiency, it makes you have to step up," says Draiman. "And that makes you a better artist and a better performer, and just better at what you do."
The Disturbed/Breaking Benjamin co-headlining tour will kick off in July. The exact dates and venue information will be announced in the coming weeks.
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