[EN] Keeping grounded - Evanescence singer Amy Lee on writing cool music and security guards from hell (TODAYOnline.com)
ONSTAGE, Amy Lee, the singer of American rock band Evanescence, is a sexy siren when she belts out the band's hits. On the telephone, Lee is chatty and warm as she talks about what happened in the years between Evanescence's previous album, The Open Door (2006), and their 2011 self-titled album, as well as their current tour. The band is scheduled to perform here on Feb 27 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
"I absolutely loved The Open Door. To me, it was such a great step forward," she said over the phone from Osaka, where they were touring. "And it took a while to do the next one partially because I was so happy with The Open Door, like, 'You know what, I don't know how to make Evanescence better than that'. And after all, I'd gotten married and I just wanted to be normal, and not be a rock star. (I wanted to) do normal stuff like work on my house, just be in New York, watch other people's shows."
SO THERE we were, waiting for the phone call from Amy Lee, she of Evanescence fame; you know, the guys who did Bring Me To Life, My Immortal, Sweet Sacrifice and What You Want. The band will hit our shores on Monday, and this is what Amy had to say…
Hi Amy! Thanks for taking the time to do this interview!
Hello! So sorry we’re so late! It took 30 minutes to figure out how to get phone service in this place. So… really apologise! I’m in Osaka, so there’s really no excuse, there’s great technology here. But I’m at the venue, and it’s a little bit out of the way, and everybody was trying to… we thought we could do it on the cell, but there was no cell service, so everybody was scrambling to find a landline. It was quite kinda funny. But here I am!
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Being born in 1990, I’ve never witnessed a band or artist inflict a cultural movement that shocked society and inspired a new age of thinking. All those shenanigans ended in the early 90s. Instead I had boy bands, girl bands, and 90’s rap; nu-metal popped its head up, but you get my point, all we had was the left overs of the ‘real’ music; who was speaking to Generation Y? Few bands in the past 10 years have managed to infiltrate mainstream society in a manner as spectacular asEvanescence. Despite not necessarily creating a subculture, they brought the numbers to it, essentially providing the foundations for the scene we know and love today. Having recently released the 2011 self-titled album and the even more recent announcement of their Australian tour, I caught up with a newer addition to the band, drummer Will Hunt to learn about the world of Evanescence.
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