Breaking Benjamin frontman Ben Burnley told England’s Team Rock that he and drummer Shawn Foist traveled by sea on the Queen Mary 2 to get to Europe for the band’s first-ever tour there, due to Burnley’s well-documented fear of flying. Burnley explained, “It took about nine days. That’s how much we love our fans. It was basically a floating seniors center, but we made the most of it. We had fun other than the bad weather. We’re big on the bingo scene and we just made it full-contact bingo.”

  • Burnley added about his aversion to airplanes, “It’s just something I’m really not comfortable with. I’d rather die some other way.”
  • The band is currently touring through Europe, with plans to return stateside later this summer for a co-headlining trek with Disturbed that starts on July 9th in Syracuse, New York. Alter Bridge and Saint Asonia are also on that bill.
  • Breaking Benjamin is touring in support of last year’s chart-topping album Dark Before Dawn, which has spawned the Number One singles “Failure” and “Angels Fall.” The current single is “Ashes Of Eden.”

CHECK IT OUT: Watch fan-filmed footage of Breaking Benjamin performing in London last week on its first European tour:


  • Do you have one huge fear that is a major hindrance in your life? What is it and how do you overcome it?
  • If you were in Ben’s position and afraid of flying, would you do what he did — take a boat to get to Europe for a tour?
  • Would you take a boat to Australia or Japan to play live?