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05/18/2007 Breaking Benjamin, Puddle of Mudd, Red (Rochester, NY @ RIT Gordon Fieldhouse)

By Eric | May 18, 2007 11:00 pm

I thought the Fieldhouse was an odd choice of venue for this show (too big!), and I still think I’m right. The floor was filled about halfway back, and the seats on the sides of the stage were filled, and then sparsely after that. Joined by Karl, Kelley, and Carlo, we took up residence in the last row of seats directly across from the stage. Great vantage point! The other odd thing about his show was that Three Days Grace was also on the bill, and ended up being the headliner (which I still can’t figure out). We ended up leaving after BB, as no one in our group really cared about 3DG.

Red was up first, they’re supposedly a Christian nu-metal band, and according to their website, credit Linkin Park and Chevelle as influences. No kidding. It may as well have been Chevelle we were seeing. Their radio single was catchy, but other than that, it’s nothing I didn’t see from 1998-2002 a million times. But good enough.

Puddle of Mudd was up next. Who knew these guys were still around? They opened up with Away From Me, then Control, and Drift and Die. We figured it was going to be all radio singles! They played another song I didn’t know, a new tune from their forthcoming new album, then Blurry and She Hates Me. Certainly entertaining enough, and we weren’t sitting there twiddling our thumbs.

Breaking Benjamin put on another great show, with a setlist quite similar to the February Buffalo show. It was a little lighter on Saturate tunes, as they weren’t the headliner. They still sounded excellent, Ben was way more into the crowd interaction than I’ve ever seen, and they had the crowd rocking. They did attempt a cover of NIN’s Hurt, which I think was better left unattempted, but hey, points for trying I guess. They played Blow Me Away again (and after Hurt), so they got back in my good graces! Shoulda been the headliner. As I said before, no one really cared to see Three Days Grace, so we all took off, and from the looks of it, we weren’t the only ones. I wonder how many people were left???

Breaking Benjamin – Breakdown

Breaking Benjamin – The Diary of Jane

Breaking Benjamin – Hurt (the sound sucks)

Breaking Benjamin – Breath

Breaking Benjamin – So Cold

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