Breaking Benjamin founder and front man Ben Burnley says the group's name isn't an indication of his emotional state. He's not being broken by the music industry. "Breaking Benjamin got its name from me breaking a microphone," he laughs. "I used to go out and do these open-mike-night performances under just the name Benjamin. That was my stage name, like Madonna or Sting or something. So one night I did this Nirvana tribute, and at the end, I threw the microphone down on the floor, just like Kurt Cobain used to do, and it broke. The thing is, it wasn't my microphone. Later on that night, there was a kid thanking everybody, and he said, 'Oh, yeah, I'd like to thank Benjamin for breaking my effing microphone.' That turned into Benjamin Breaking at first, and then that became... More >>>
Breaking Benjamin's Ben Burnley (center) says fans, not charts, are his No. 1 priority.