Breaking Benjamin, the Pennsylvania hard-rock combo who have scored a number of underdog hits on rock radio (most notably “The Diary of Jane”), have splintered thanks to a lawsuit and band infighting.
According to The Citizens’ Voice of Wilkes-Barre, frontman and founder Benjamin Burnley fired guitarist Aaron Fincke and bassist Mark Klepaski via e-mail as a result of a dispute over a remix of the song “Blow Me Away.”
Court documents state that Klepaski and Fincke made a deal regarding the track with the band’s label, Hollywood Records, without Burnley’s consent. As a result, Burnley is seeking $250,000 and the exclusive rights to the band’s name. The parties have arbitration to look forward to.
Things have been rocky for Breaking Benjamin over the past few years; the band has been unable to perform live for a year thanks to Burnley’s unspecified health issues, and rumors of the band’s breakup have been floating around for a while. Incidentally, they are about to release their greatest-hits album, which was to include the new remix of “Blow Me Away.”
More importantly, is Breaking Benjamin’s implosion the first to come via e-mail? The Pixies still live in infamy thanks to the fact that Frank Black dissolved his band via fax back in the day. Are Breaking Benjamin blazing a new trail in band break-ups? And will you miss the fired members? Sound off in the comments below.