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Godsmack with Breaking Benjamin coming to the Sun Dome
TAMPA - Godsmack will join with Breaking Benjamin in the USF Sun Dome on Friday, Nov. 24, 7:30 p.m.

After debuting in 1997 with All Wound Up, Godsmack signed with Universal, which in 1998 reissued the LP as a self-titled effort with a handful of new tracks. The band's audience built slowly but surely, and Godsmack was certified gold in 1999, the same year the group was invited to join the Ozzfest tour; by the next year, it had sold over three million copies, thanks to hit singles like "Whatever" and "Keep Away."

In 2000, the group again played Ozzfest, and released their second proper album, Awake, that fall. In January 2001, Awake earned the band a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Instrumental Performance for the song "Vampires," and by March, it had sold two million copies.

Hot on the heels of their continuing success, their single "I Stand Alone" propelled the hype of the movie "The Scorpion King" in March 2002. Faceless appeared in April 2003 and the all-acoustic Other Side arrived in spring 2004.

In 2006 vocalist Sully Erna stepped behind the board to helm IV, a collection of new material that reached number one while both retaining the group's trademark heft and expanding their sonic palette.

In late 2000, guitarist Aaron Fink and bassist Mark James Klepaski joined with singer Ben Burnley and drummer Jeremy Hummel to form Breaking Benjamin.

The Band favored a radio-friendly post-grunge approach that was aggressive and forceful yet still melodic. The band's various influences included, among others, Live, Bush, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, and Nirvana. In 2001 Breaking Benjamin signed with Hollywood Records, which united the band with Ulrich Wild. Wild serves as both producer and engineer on

Breaking Benjamin's first full-length album, Saturate, which Hollywood released in August 2002.

We Are Not Alone followed two years later, complete with a few collaborations with Billy Corgan. Three of the album's singles made their way onto the Billboard charts ("So Cold" and "Sooner or Later" both peaked at number two in Mainstream Rock). Breaking Benjamin issued their third album, Phobia, in August 2006 with new drummer Chad Szeliga.