Breaking Benjamin breaks up
Breaking Benjamin is evidently broken, at least for now.
The platinum-selling rock band from Pennsylvania is mired in a legal dispute over what its founder and lead singer, Benjamin Burnley, called an unauthorised remix of one of the band's hit songs, Blow Me Away.
Burnley said in court documents that he fired guitarist Aaron Fincke and bassist Mark Klepaski via e-mail after learning his bandmates had struck an agreement with Hollywood Records to issue the remix and an album of rarities and outtakes.
Burnley is seeking at least $250,000 in damages and the exclusive right to the Breaking Benjamin name. Fincke and Klepaski denied Burnley's claims, according to court documents filed in Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas. A judge has ordered arbitration.
The singer's attorney, Brian Caplan, said on Tuesday that Burnley intends to hire new bandmates and keep performing as Breaking Benjamin. The band has been on an extended hiatus due to Burnley's health problems.
"The relationship between Burnley and the two other members of the band has ended," Caplan said. "Burnley intends on moving forward using the name Breaking Benjamin and the band will continue. It just won't continue in its prior configuration. He's not retiring."