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At 9.35pm last night Dubai witnessed a new chapter in the UAE’s music history. Evanescence and the fireball of energy with the astounding voice – Amy Lee – leapt onto the stage and kept everyone in rapture for one hour and 30 minutes.
From the second the opening bars of What You Want played to the last note of the very last encore song she never stopped moving, jumping, and never put a note wrong.
Although the show was undoubtedly the Amy-Lee show, the drummer Will Hunt played an incredible set, the drumstick-twirling maestro added that extra pizzazz to the band and he was a joy to watch. Hunt was also the friendliest member of the band and stopped to give us feedback on EYE, which was much appreciated!
The second song the band played, Going Under got the crowd singing along and there was a noticeable change in energy, from the kind of ‘oh look the band is here’ excitement to ‘FUCK YEAH the band is on stage and we know this song’ – kind of energy with everyone surging forward and screaming at the top of their lungs.
For the fourth song in their set Amy Lee brought out her piano. This song was the first real showcase of her voice and another clear crowd favourite.
The total highlight of the night for me was Evanescence’s new song The Change. If you thought Amy Lee’s voice was good before – you have to hear this song. It has far more vocal range and variation than any of the older songs – which after a while can sound the same.
I love the energy and passion in this song and listening to the vocal gymnastics is like sliding down a rainbow into a forest pool. You have to listen to it to understand that last sentence I think!
At this stage one of our friends texted us and said ‘I wish I could sing like that!’ – yeah us too. Recent attempts at singing in the shower have caused the cats to cower in fright.
The last song before the encore was another crowd pleaser ‘Bring me to Life’, kicked off by half a dozen stage fireworks going off. We were half expecting the lighters to come out for this one, but the high-octane performance kept everyone jumping, screaming and headbanging.
The song ended, the stage went dark and I was left going ‘But they did not play My Immortal?” (insert sad face here). Amy Lee had said in the press conference that they were going to play it.
Three minutes later she bounded back on stage with the same energy she hit the stage with in the very first second, sat at her piano and played what must be the band’s best known track – I was appeased – the lighters came out, the crowd filled their lungs and all that could be heard were the strains of My Immortal being sung by a couple of thousand people. Perfect.
Read more (including Will Hunt's feedback on Evanescence's supporting act EYE) on MetalityUAE.com
Evanescence fans in Dubai are anxiously awaiting for the gothic-rock band’s concert to begin tonight at 9 pm local time.
Al Arabiya caught up with award-winning lead singer Amy Lee earlier in the day and asked her about how she feels to be performing for the first time in the United Arab Emirates.
“It's really special to us when we get to go somewhere we've never been before because it's like that first time experience for us to, um, there's definitely a little bit of extra magic with the fans when, you know, there's that anticipation, some of them waiting, you know, to see us, that I've never had before, you know, and have heard our music in the past decade so, um, it's a little bit of - a lot of it - a thrill for us. Makes it exciting and fun and I definitely wanna reach as many people as possible,” Lee said.
When asked if the band has received enthusiasm from fans in Dubai, the raven-haired singer appeared to be as excited as her fans are.
“Yeah! Oh yeah! I've seen them, definitely blow me up a lot on Twitter and Facebook the past couple of weeks leading up to this - I think they're excited!”
Supported by local band EYE, Evanescence are performing live tonight Friday June 22nd at the World Trade Center’s Sheikh Rashid Hall.
The band, formed in 1995 by Lee along with former guitarist Ben Moody, shot to fame in 2003 with their single “Bring Me to Life”, which saw them nab two Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best New Hard Rock Performance, among other accolades. Evanescence have released three albums to date, the latest being self-titled which was released October last year.
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The Evanescence founder on taking her time, rumors of a solo record and crowd-pleasing golden nuggets
It’s hard to believe that Evanescence founder Amy Lee still gets nervous before a show. But opening for rock legends can do it: “We’re actually in Lisbon to play Rock in Rio,” Lee says, over the phone. “It’s going to be a big one tonight, we’re opening for Metallica. Just a little bit of pressure.” That, and new audiences – something Evanescence will experience this month when they play in Dubai and Beirut. “Those are the ones that I get the most nervous and excited for, because I know a lot of people are getting to see us for the first time. And I really want it to be us at our best.”
There’s been quite a gap between Evanescence albums. Why is that?
I’ve always been a believer in quality not quantity. I just feel like it’s not worth putting something out if it’s not great. Some people can knock out five songs a day, but I’m not that person. I’ll spend weeks laboring over the lyrics of a song. I just wait until I need to write. When I get creative, that means it’s time to put out a record. Not, “OK, we just did really well and people still know who we are. Let’s put out another record.” I was just thinking about this recently because Garbage is coming back. And I was thinking, “It’s been seven years since their last album, I can’t believe everybody’s giving me so much shit.”
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