Breaking Benjamin Singer Fires Bandmates Over Song Dispute: Report
Post-grunge group Breaking Benjamin's longtime lineup is breaking apart after lead singer Benjamin Burnley reportedly fired guitarist Aaron Fincke and bassist Mark Klepaski over an unauthorized remix of the band's song "Blow Me Away."
According to The Citizens' Voice of the band's hometown of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Burnley fired Fincke and Klepaski over e-mail last May after the pair allegedly gave permission for a remixed version of "Blow Me Away" to appear on the group's upcoming greatest hits album, "Shallow Bay: The Best of Breaking Benjamin." Burnley claims that Fincke and Klepaski were offered $100,000 by the band's label to approve the revised version of the song, and that the pair did not inform him or the band's management of the remix.
Attorneys for Fincke and Klepaski reportedly "dispute and strictly deny" Burnley's claims in a court filing last month. According to the Associated Press, Burnley's attorney, Brian Caplan, says that the singer is seeking $250,000 and exclusive hold of the Breaking Benjamin moniker.
"The relationship between Mr. Burnley and the two other members of the band has ended," Caplan says. "Mr. 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."
The band's management has declined to comment to Billboard.com.
Since forming in 1998, Breaking Benjamin has scored hits like "So Cold," "Sooner or Later" and "I Will Not Bow," while their fourth album, "Dear Agony," peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 in 2009. "Shallow Bay: The Best of Breaking Benjamin" is currently slated for an Aug. 16 release on Hollywood Records.