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"They threw us out of the office. They said, 'A chick and a piano? Are you kidding? On rock radio?'"
According to Wind-up Records president Ed Vetri, that's what a radio programmer said back in 2003 when Wind-up knocked on the station's door to solicit airplay for a new band. It indeed had a chick and a piano. The woman was Amy Lee, singer of Arkansas rock band Evanescence. The song was "Bring Me To Life," which first appeared on the soundtrack to the Ben Affleck/Jennifer Garner movie "Daredevil." The rest is history.
The PD's name? Vetri politely wouldn't say. But to be fair, Evanescence was nothing like the bands then dominating the rock channels. Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit merged rap and rock. Mudvayne and System of a Down sounded jerky and chaotic. Korn, Slipknot and Staind were down-tuned and morbid. That was one reason Lee's mezzo-soprano broke through the ocean of testosterone: a melodic counterpoint was overdue. Female rock fans also appreciated having someone of their own gender to look up to — an anti-thesis to pop entertainers who co-wrote her music and didn't rely on Auto-Tune.
Evanescence dodged the alleged curse of the best new artist grammy (the band won it in 2004) by selling 7.7 million copies of its Wind-up debut, Fallen, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album was propelled by "Bring Me to Life" and follow-up hits "Going Under," "Everybody's Fool" and "My Immortal." The monstrous success still had a price: conflict between Lee and co-songwriter/guitarist Ben Moody resulted in his abrupt resignation while Evanescence toured in support of Fallen. The rest of the band that was together at the time of the album's release — bassist Will Boyd, guitarist John LeCompt and drummer Rocky Gray — later exited, the latter two under bitter circumstances. And Lee later admitted she considered calling it a day after completing touring for sophomore album The Open Door.
Ten years on, while Lee continues with Evanescence, Fallen has aged gracefully. It's easy to hear why the band was among the class of rock groups that went multiplatinum at the turn of the millennium. Its formidable combination of power and melody was more than enough of a foundation to withstand the trends of its time.
[EN] Catching up with Amy Lee Of Evanescence At The Tenacious D Show At House Of Blues Atlantic City (AtlanticCityBlog.Caesars.com)
So Tenacious D performed an insanely awesome sold out show at House Of Blues Atlantic City at Showboat last night and one of the many reasons why it’s so cool to have such killer acts perform there is because sometimes other kick butt celebs stop by to see the show! Last night, we ran into none other than Amy Lee from Evanescence!
Rad, right? She’s such a down to earth, talented lady, so we absolutely had to ask her a few Q’s. Check out what she had to say, below.
TAC: What made you take a trip to Atlantic City for the Tenacious D show? Obviously their music is a little different from yours!
Amy Lee: First of all, I am an old school D fan. Since the cable show in the ‘90s, it’s pretty much this cult thing for every musician I’ve ever met. Even back then, I think musicians loved Tenacious D because number 1, it’s hilarious. Jack Black is amazing and of course KG. More importantly, I think the reason it’s so great is because the music is really good. They’re really extremely talented. The jokes are in the lyrics, but they’re doing all this awesome, complicated stuff that you kind of want to learn! It’s fun to listen to as a joke, but it’s also really catchy and really good. My brother is in town and we’re hanging out. It’s his favorite thing right now. It will be the very first Tenacious D show for both of us, so it’s going to be a highlight of the trip for sure.
TAC: Do you think you watch shows differently as an artist yourself compared to a regular fan?
Amy Lee: Maybe because I know what it is to be a performer. There’s a lot that I appreciate even in the little things. If Tenacious D’s music sucked, I don’t think it would be funny. It’s cool to watch because you’re watching someone do something really, really well, but also not take themselves too seriously. I think that’s kind of rare.
TAC: You were here not too long ago back in August with Evanescence for a stop on the Carnival Of Madness Tour. Do you have any particular memories of that show here at HOB?
Amy Lee: It was two nights in a row which is kind of weird because you have to trick yourself and tell yourself you’re performing for different people and that they didn’t see you do the exact same thing the night before. It was an absolutely good experience. We love going to the House Of Blues and hanging out in the Foundation Room. We play shows of all sizes. Sometimes on a tour, you get into the habit of playing similar sized venues and of course arena shows are amazing, but when you get to play the House Of Blues, it’s the perfect size. You can see people and it feels like you’re in it with them. Sometimes people just turn into a sea when the crowd is too big and you feel kind of alone. I like the intimacy of a club show. We’ve had a lot of good memories at House Of Blues’ all over the country. I think when we were first touring in 2003 when our first album came out, New Orleans was the first House Of Blues that we ever played. It was so cool because we had never been to New Orleans before and there was so much travelling we were doing that year. It was all new to me. It was so exciting to walk down Bourbon Street and then go play the House Of Blues. House Of Blues’ and Evanescence have been friends for quite a while now. They’ve been a big part of our journey.
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"Alright guys, here ya go! As my thanks to you, here's the second song in the set, Going Under!! This is from the London show- last of the tour. If I can get 200 shares on the Device "teaser" clip below by Friday, I'll post the same song, but from the Birmingham, UK show. Different camera angle, and somewhat of a blooper reel. Get those shares happening and you'll see why!! In the meantime, enjoy this one, and again, thank you sooooo much for all the love!!!! You guys are awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!"
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Thanks to AmpRockTV
"Alright!! Here is the 1st in a line of several drum cam footage installments from EV! This was the 1st tune in the set for the whole tour so why not start there?!! The audio is what it is (only drums and very loud!lol!), as it was caught thru the tiny mic on the camera, but, you can tell I was enjoying myself! This is for the EV fans, I love you guys!!! Peace!!"
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