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POINTFEST- Breaking Benjamin

Saturday

May 13, 2017 – 3:00 PM

14141 Riverport Drive
Maryland Heights, MO 63043 Map

  • Pointfest
  • Breaking Benjamin
  • KORN

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Pointfest: Pointfest is a large outdoor rock music festival held previously held once but now held twice every year by radio station KPNT in St. Louis, Missouri at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis (formerly known as UMB Bank Pavilion and Riverport Amphitheatre) The festival has featured almost every popular alternative and hard rock group in America. Local music favorites The Urge, Modern Day Zero, Gravity Kills, and Ludo have made several appearances as well.

Traditionally, Pointfest has a main stage where the larger acts and headliners perform, and two or more stages off to the sides of the lawn for other bands (one of them usually reserved for local bands). The side stages will play from the start of the concert (generally around 10 a.m.) to when the main stage will start playing (generally around 6 p.m.).

Breaking Benjamin: The popular alt-metal band Breaking Benjamin has developed a cult following since their inception in 2001. They shook up the world of rock with hit albums like Phobia and Dear Agony, and have played tour dates to millions of screaming fans.

Ben Brunley briefly started Breaking Benjamin in 1998, but restarted the band in 2000 with a different lineup (except for original guitarist, Aaron Fink). After releasing a hugely successful, self-titled EP in 2001, Breaking Benjamin released Saturate in 2001. The album reached #2 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and featured the hit single, "Polyamorous". Breaking Benjamin released We Are Not Alone in 2004 and the album went platinum a year later, with the single "So Cold" reached the top of the singles charts. The release of the album was followed by a nasty fallout with original drummer Jeremy Hummel, but also led to some high profile tour dates for Breaking Benjamin.

Breaking Benjamin reached the next plateau of their success upon the release of Phobia in 2006. The platinum album was supported by the hit single, "The Diary of Jane", as well as a plethora of tour dates in the US. Breaking Benjamin only plays tour dates in the United States due to Brunley's intense fear of flying; just one of his many phobias that inspired the album. Breaking Benjamin continued their successful streak with the release of Dear Agony in 2009. The album debuted on the charts at #4 and sold 134,000 in its first week.

In 2010, Breaking Benjamin went on hiatus due to complications of Brunley's Wernicke's ecncephalopathy. The disease is caused by Brunley's alcoholic past and effects his memory and muscle function, greatly affecting his performance on tour dates. This was followed by a dispute between Brunley and Fink and Mark Klepaski over a "Greatest Hits" album of which Brunley did not approve. While the album, Shallow Bay: The Best of Breaking Benjamin met with success upon its release in 2013, Fink and Klepaski were both fired from the band, with Chad Szeliga leaving shortly after.

The next year, Burnley had reformed the band with Jasen Rauch, Keith Wallen, Aaron Bruch, and Shaun Foist. The move proved to be a genius one. The new lineup's debut effort, Dark Before Dawn, quickly shot to the top of Billboard's rock charts, and has become the most successful album by Burnley, to date.

KORN: They emerged from the unlikely rock scene of Bakersfield, California and managed to become the forefathers of a new-age of heavy metal rock. Korn has continued to surprise us with their heavy-hitting guitar riffs and lyrics since their debut album in 1994. Now in their twenty-third year as a unstoppable musical force, Korn continues to pioneer the numetal genre with new music and pulse-pounding tour dates.

The band formed in Bakersfield in the early '90s out of the defunct band L.A.P.D. with the addition of Jonathan Davis on lead vocals. Korn released their Ross Robinson produced demo Neidermeyer's Mind in 1993 and were eventually picked up by Epic Records. They released their self-titled debut LP in 1994 which garnered a lot of attention amongst music critics and fans alike. The album was noted for the unique heavy metal sound that was soon dubbed Nu Metal for its inclusion of hip-hop raps, grunge, and metal. Korn dates were scheduled alongside hard rock band Biohazard for a national outing before heading back to the studio to craft the follow-up.

Korn released Life Is Peachy in 1996 and achieved huge success in the rock world. The album debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 and featured the Grammy nominated single "No Place to Hide". Korn tour dates were scheduled as the co-headlining act on the Lollapalooza Festival in 1997 with Tool. 1998 proved to be the band's hugest year to-date when they released Follow the Leader to massive commercial success. It featured the singles "Got The Life" and "Freak on a Leash", both of which received heavy rotation on MTV. The video for "Freak on a Leash" won the band their first Grammy Award in 1998 for Best Short-Form Music Video and was nominated for nine MTV Video Music Awards in 1998. The album went on to sell ten million copies worldwide and was certified five times platinum in the United States. In support of the album, the band started their own headlining music festival called The Family Values Tour in 1998 which they have revived several times throughout the past two decades.

The band released their third album Issues in 1999, it immediately debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and outsold new releases from Dr. Dre and Celine Dion. The band went on to release several more albums in the 2000s including Untouchables in 2002, Take a Look in the Mirror in 2003 and a Greatest Hits collection in 2005 before parting ways with Epic Records. Korn signed a lucrative deal with EMI and Virgin Records to distribute their music, license their image, and schedule their tours. Their first Virgin release was See You on the Other Side in 2005 and Korn tour dates were scheduled on the accompanying "See You On The Other Side Tour" throughout the year. The band resurrected the "Family Values Tour" in 2006 and toured internationally with the Deftones and Flyleaf. On the 2007 "Family Values Tour", the band recorded a session of the successful MTV Unplugged series which was the first time a metal band was featured on the acoustic music program. To close out the decade, the band released an untitled album in 2008 and their most recent album Korn III: Remember Who You Are in 2010.

Korn's 2010 concert schedule included a co-headlining outing with Disturbed on the "Music as a Weapon V Tour", which featured Sevendust as the opening act. This was shortly before the band signed with Roadrunner Records, releasing The Path of Totality as their first album with the label. The album -- which was produced by Skrillex and Datsik, among others -- featured a prominent dubstep sound that was commended as bold and innovative by numerous music critics.

2013's aptly titled album, The Paradigm Shift, not only saw the return of Korn's signature, heavier sound, but also original guitarist Brian "Head Welch". Once again held to the standard of Korn's early work, the album met the expectations of both critics and fans. Longtime listeners of the group rallied around the band's return to its roots, and Brian Welch has said that Korn's next album, The Serenity of Suffering, will be even heavier.

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