Breaking Benjamin frontman Benjamin Burnley wanted fans to know what was going on inside his head — literally — on the group’s fourth album.
The cover of the Pennsylvania rockers’ “Dear Agony,” which debuted at No. 4 in October, sports an MRI scan of Burnley’s head, which he says reflects the deeply personal nature of the songs on the album.
“I was an alcoholic for many, many years,” Burnley, 31, explains, “and a few years ago, I suffered some neurological damage from it. I’ve had a lot of tests done and been through the ringer as far as hospitalizations and doctor visits and stuff like that.
“It was such a huge part of my life for years, going through that stuff, I thought it would be good to use the album as a platform to let people know what’s been going on in my life, because the music has always been a reflection of myself personally.”
Burnley has been sober for three years now, and he says physiology makes it unlikely that he’ll relapse.
“My symptoms make it easy for me to be sober,” he says. “My body cannot handle drugs. My body can’t handle alcohol anymore. So though I’d like to get credit and get congratulations for it, it’s really not a choice for me — my body simply can’t handle it. I had no choice but to stop.”
Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace and Flyleaf perform at 7 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 16) at Joe Louis Arena, 600 Civic Center Drive, Detroit. Tickets are $35. Call (313) 471-6611 or visit www.olympiaentertainment.com.
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