During a recent interview with Andy Hall of the Des Moines, Breaking Benjamin frontman Ben Burnley talked about Korn and praised the band with really beautiful words.

As we know, Korn and Breaking Benjamin are currently on a co-headlining tour in North America.

When asked about the band’s relationship with Korn, Ben Burnley said that he looked up to them before he had anything in life.

Here’s what Ben stated:

“This is the second time that we’ve been on tour with Korn where we are playing a longer show with them. We are ridiculous Korn fans from back in the day. It’s surreal to me, even to this day, that I’m able to talk to them.

Seriously. I looked up to them before I had anything in life, and it’s an idol thing. It’s like a ‘meeting-your-idol’ thing and that will never go away. [Bassist] Fieldy [Reginald Arvizu] was actually telling me a story a while ago because I told him, ‘Man, I can’t get over that I’m hanging out with you.’

Because I hung out with him quite a bit and I still can’t get over it, and he said he felt that way for a little while too with Mötley Crüe because that’s what they were to him, because that’s his era. Mötley Crüe to them is what Korn is to me in the timeframe of things.”

He continued:

“We all go through it. I toured with Korn quite a bit, but I’ve only done, I don’t want to say an ‘equal billing’ because we’ll never be equal to Korn — Korn is Korn, but a higher-up sort of thing. I’ve opened for Korn and toured with Korn before, but on a much lower slot many times, actually.

It’s cool. It’s cool to grow as a band and get closer to them. It’s cool to have known them for as long as I’ve been honored to know them for, and just to be a part of it, and that they asked us to do it, they’re having us with them, and I get to see Korn for free every night. Not a bad gig.”

Listen to the full interview via SoundCloud below.

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