Who is ready for a REAL rock show with three bands who have sold more than 60 million albums worldwide? Alice in Chains and Breaking Benjamin today announced they will hit the road together this summer AND bring Bush along for the ride.
Alice in Chains Tweeted: “This summer, we’re back… Coming to a U.S. city near you with @BreakingBenj and special guests, @Bushofficial. We can’t wait to get out there and share music with our fans again. Get your tickets this Friday at 10AM local.”
The Seattle legends fronted by Jerry Cantrell will kick off the 30-city tour in August with a stop in SoCal at Irvine’s FivePoint Amphitheatre on September 8th. Cantrell is joined by other founding member Sean Kinney, plus longtime members Mike Inez and William DuVall.
One of the pioneers of the grunge era, Alice in Chains has given us so many hits: “Rooster,” “Man in the Box,” “Would,” “I Stay Away,” and “Got Me Wrong” included. Their last album was 2018’s “Rainer Fog,” and this show marks their return to Irvine since the 2019 show.
September 8, 2022
With the announcement, Sean Kinney said, “We’re looking forward to finally hitting the road again this summer. It’s been too long and we can’t wait to get outdoors and share a night of music with our fans again.”
Full disclosure here: I have been a fan of Breaking Benjamin since hearing their demo decades ago, and have seen them live about 40 times. They. Are. Amazing. Not a musical slouch in the bunch. Benjamin Burnley, Aaron Bruch, Jasen Rauch, Keith Wallen, and Shaun Foist are always a phenomenal show and I expect nothing less for this tour.
When discussing touring with Alice in Chains and Bush, bassist Aaron Bruch told me this morning, “This one is a bucket list tour. Two bands that shaped who I am as a musician!”
(Side note… When touring was not possible in 2020, Bruch and friends created a whole damn root beer company. With memorable pin-up girl branding and excellent-tasting root beer flavors, you have to check out Parlor Beverages. No, I am not being paid for this; I just love the dang root beer.)
Breaking Benjamin gained popularity with tracks “So Cold,” “Diary of Jane,” “Failure,” and “Medicate,” and I am definitely hoping the time at home led to new material in our future. They were supposed to tour with Bush in 2020, but the pandemic halted the plans, so it’s awesome we get to see them together for this go around.
As for Bush, ‘90s alternative rock would not have been the same without them. “Everything Zen,” “Machinehead,” “Come Down,” “Glycerine,” and “Little Things” put them on the musical map and they have continued to release strong material since. Gavin Rossdale and crew released the album “The Kingdom” in 2020, so this tour means we will see some new stuff for the first time.
Three musical giants in one show? Yes, please. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. local time and I expect to see you there!