After three weeks of battles, one of these four will take home the MMM title; voting in all Final Four matchups is now open!
Well, that was intense. After 48 hours of epic Elite Eight battles, we've reached the Final Four of MTV's Musical March Madness. And while making it this far is certainly an accomplishment, there's not exactly a whole lot of time to sit around and savor it.
That's because voting in our Final Four matchups is already under way, and polls will remain open until Sunday (April 1) at midnight ET. You've carried your favorite band to the cusp of championship glory, but can you help push them over the top?
Vote for Evanescence HERE!
Goths, punks and a women in leather appeared in droves at Auckland's Vector Arena last night to hear award-winning band Evanescence.
But it was a dormant crowd which singer Amy Lee had to entice with her resonant voice and superb vocals that stymied the night.
New Zealand has been eagerly awaiting the five-piece Arkansas band's return since their first concert in 2008.
Generation X-ers, men in studs and girls in capes all took up invitation to hear Lee's vocals and were not disappointed.
But long intermissions and poor audience atmosphere made Lee's job tough to begin with.
Evanescence took to the stage around 9pm after Blakq Audio raced through their set-list and left the crowd loitering for half an hour.
I have to admit I was more curious than massive fan of Evanescence before last night's show at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.
Not sure of what they would be like live after the lineup changes, but there has been some interesting reviews from shows overseas during those lineup changes.
I have to say we were treated to a solid show from a band who are still wildly underrated though you would not of picked it from the size of the crowd.
Safe to say Amy Lee would of loved the swarm of 'Evanesfans' when the lights went up after opening with "What You Want" and "Going Under".
Sydney put on a die hard crowd whose passion for the band was on vocal display for a tight hour. Amy Lee was in superb vocal form, incredible voice and maintained superbly through a vocal opera for 60 minutes.
New drummer Will Hunt was a demon on the drums… killer energy and beats and highly entertaining to watch as he kept the Entertainment Centre thumping. Did anyone else see him drop his sticks during "Going Under"? He recovered… swift!
Impressive also were the strings, Tim, Troy and Terry who in particular gives the stage a haunting feel when the lights go dim… the dreadlocked ambler guitarist.
They covered the hits, they played the new, but the biggest reaction was saved and showed for "Going Under" and "My Immortal".
It was a tight 80-minute show including the encore. Money well earned by a band who are working hard to prove they can rock and still have a rabid fan base to keep the respect alive.
Evanescence frontlady Amy Lee explains the band’s long hiatus, the album that could have been and the fight to stay true to their sound.
In 2011, Evanescence returned with their first album in nearly five years, leaving many fans asking, “What took so long?” Vocalist Amy Lee explains to Noise 11 that her rebellious nature may have played a role in the delay. “I need to feel free to get creative,” says Lee. “If I feel like I have to do something, like, everybody is expecting something out of me — I wanna do the exact opposite. So it can be hard for me to work sometimes.”
Lee’s difficulty with motivation began after touring behind their sophomore release, ‘The Open Door,’ in 2007. “I really badly needed a break from that identity,” Lee recalls. “I kind of didn’t have a plan. I didn’t know if we would get back together and make a record.”
Evanescence: Brought back to life
“I’m not as scared as I used to be,” admits Amy Lee. “I used to be a lot more insecure and protective, and scared to trust people.”
Since the formation of Evanescence in 1995, drama and tumultuous testing was a given. Lineup changes, romanticism-turned-narcissism and secret liaisons with depression were the norm for vocalist Lee. But 17 years on, the now 30-year-old is lighting up a Sydney city hotel room with wide-eyed rapture and animated gestures as she revels in the new Evanescence.
In true Evanescence fashion, the lead-up to a five-year hiatus was as publicised as it was painful. The firing of guitarist John LeCompt and the departure of drummer Rocky Gray in 2007 steered the pair toward former member and namesake undertaker Ben Moody to form We Are The Fallen.
“It was both of their choices to leave,” she says, before correcting herself. “Well that’s not quite true, it was definitely Rocky’s choice. They were both planning to leave, they just didn’t know that I knew.
“It was a weird moment but you know, it was definitely what needed to happen... You don’t want to force yourself to do something that you’re not really inspired to do, because that brings the whole thing down.”
Evanescence search for the spiritual
*Thanks to AmyLeeBrasil
Every time the alternative goth-inspired band Evanescence releases an album, it's hailed as their "comeback". Not because they have broken up and reunited, but because it's taken so long to make.
"People these days make records so fast ... but I guess I really feel like the more important thing is making something really great," lead singer Amy Lee says, her eyes smoky black, as she reclines on a lounge in a Sydney hotel room.
She has swapped her trademark gothic attire for a bright red dress. "I bought it at the Rocks Market this morning," she says, before continuing: "I'm not the fastest writer. I can't just crank out ideas that are good enough. For me, it's going to have to live up to everything that we have done and surpass it to keep my interest".
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