Breaking Benjamin are literally broken, after frontman Benjamin Burnley decided to go it alone - but why?
Posted on Aug 03, 2011 01:46 pm
Breaking Benjamin are literally broken, after frontman Benjamin Burnley fired the rest of his band via email.
According to Noisecreep, Burnley fired guitarist Aaron Finke and bassist Mark Klepaski when he heard the pair allowed Hollywood Records to issue a remix of their song "Blow Me Away" without his permission.
Now the singer wants at least $250,000 in damages, and exclusive ownership of the band name.
The ex-bandmates deny Burnley's claims, and say their 2009 agreement which gives Burnley the right to "dismiss the pair with due cause" is invalid because the singer told them one year ago that he couldn't perform live concerts due to illness. Rock AAA report that the singer has only appeared on stage twice in the past year.
Burnley maintains that he has the exclusive right to continue under the Breaking Benjamin banner alone.
It's no wonder the group are fighting their corners. Since their signing to Hollywood Records in 2002, they've sold over 5 million albums in the US alone.
Meanwhile, Breaking Benjamin (whoever that is) will release "Shallow Bay: The Best Of Breaking Benjamin" on August 16. It will include all their chart hits, a disc of rare recordings, live performances acoustic demos and remixes - including the very one that caused the current conflict.