Breaking Benjamin Broken Up Over Unauthorized Remix
Breaking Benjamin frontman Benjamin Burnley has reportedly fired longtime guitarist Aaron Fincke and bassist Mark Klepaski over an unauthorized remix of the band's new song "Blow Me Away."
According to The Citizens' Voice, a news outlet from the the band's hometown of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Burnley fired the two longtime members via email last May after the two allegedly gave permission for a remixed version of "Blow Me Away" to appear on the bands upcoming greatest hits album, "Shallow Bay: The Best of Breaking Benjamin".
Burnley said that Fincke and Klepaski were offered $100,000 to approve a revised version of the song for use on the greatest hits album, which is expected to be released on August 16th. Burnley says that neither Fincke, Klepaski or their representatives infromed him , the bands lawyer, or management that the offer was made.
Representatives for Fincke and Klepaski "dispute and strictly deny" these 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. Caplan told the Associated Press:
The relationship between Mr. Burnley and the two other members of the band has ended. 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.
[Via The Citizens Voice]