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Shinedown, Breaking Benjamin to rock Kennewick on Oct. 27

Shinedown, above, and Breaking Benjamin will perform Oct. 27 at the Toyota Center in Kennewick.
Shinedown, above, and Breaking Benjamin will perform Oct. 27 at the Toyota Center in Kennewick. Courtesy Darren Doane

For some people, it’s a song’s lyrics or melody that come through, that connect.

For Barry Kerch, it’s the beat.

That makes sense, given he’s forged a career — and found a passion — playing drums.

“I’ve always looked at (music) rhythmically. For me, it’s the rhythm that moves me, that speaks to me,” he said.

It’s a very energetic show. Lots of crowd interaction. Pyrotechnics, blowing things up. We realize the fans are our bosses. People are spending their hard-earned money on a rock show, and we want to give them a show.

Barry Kerch, drummer for Shinedown

Kerch plays in the rock band Shinedown, which stops in Kennewick next week with Breaking Benjamin.

The acclaimed, multiplatinum-selling hard rock outfits are on a co-headlining tour.

The Oct. 27 show starts at 7 p.m. at the Toyota Center. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Kerch promises a high-energy performance.

“Right now, the band is probably in a better spot than we ever have been before,” he told the Herald in a phone interview.

The guys are focused, serious about their music but ready to bring a good time on stage.

“We pride ourselves on giving 110 percent. It’s a very energetic show. Lots of crowd interaction. Pyrotechnics, blowing things up. We realize the fans are our bosses. People are spending their hard-earned money on a rock show, and we want to give them a show. We put everything we have into it,” Kerch said.

Breaking Benjamin does the same, said Ben Burnley, the band’s frontman.

Like Shinedown, which just released Threat to Survival, Breaking Benjamin is celebrating a new album.

Dark Before Dawn dropped this summer. It’s the band’s first new album in six years, following a break as Burnley dealt with a mysterious illness that still plagues him.

“I’m still very sick but have no choice but to move on with my life,” he said in a phone interview. “I don’t get to not be in pain, and I don’t get to not suffer. But I do get to make music, make people happy, see my son and my family. Those are things I’m grateful for.”

He handles songwriting for Breaking Benjamin, starting each new tune on acoustic guitar and adding layers as he goes.

“I poured my heart and soul into” the new album, he said, adding that the music is drawing in old and new fans alike.

“We’re just enjoying the whole thing. We’re grateful for everyone who’s a longtime fan and for new fans. We’re grateful to everyone who supports the band,” Burnley said.

Tickets still are available for the Oct. 27 show. They’re $39.75 for reserved seating and $45 for floor standing room. They’re available through Ticketmaster and the Toyota Center box office. Tickets purchased through the box office avoid service fees.

Sara Schilling: 509-582-1529; sschilling@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @SaraTCHerald

IF YOU GO

What: Performance by the rock bands Shinedown and Breaking Benjamin.

When: 7 p.m. Oct. 27. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Where: Toyota Center in Kennewick.

Tickets: Cost $39.75 for reserve seating and $45 for floor standing room. They’re available through Ticketmaster and the Toyota Center box office; those purchased through the box office avoid service charges.

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