[EN] Evanescence’s Amy Lee talks about the band’s upheaval and continued success (DailyNewsTranscript.com)
It’s been a rough and rewarding road for singer-pianist Amy Lee. As co-founder and frontwoman of Evanescence, a pop band that’s as comfortable with hard rock as with ballads, she’s seen a balance of ups and downs. The band made a huge first album, “Fallen”; won a couple of Grammys; and developed a large and loyal fan base. But Lee’s cofounder, Ben Moody, walked out on the band almost a decade ago, and the remaining original members eventually quit or were fired.
Yet Lee rocks on. She leads the current version of Evanescence.
Calling from a tour stop in Atlanta, Lee spoke of life on the road, her early thoughts of a career in music, the responsibilities of heading up a band, and the origin of her name.
“Pure Prairie League, ‘Amie,’ that’s my song,” she said, meaning that’s the song she’s named after.
Lee comes from a musical family. She casually mentioned that her dad, John Lee, won “The Gong Show” in 1979 by singing “Desperado.” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGzyXdqi8Tc)
And that she’s loved music for as long as she can remember.
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Amy Lee knows that Evanescence fans hope for something shorter than a five-year wait for the group's next album. But she's not making promises either way.
"I only get into that (creative) mode when I'm home and finally separated from the chaos of public life," Lee, who's currently out with Evanescence headlining this summer's Carnival of Madness tour, tells Billboard.com. Lee does, however, have a batch of material that she worked on in the initial stages of the group's latest album, 2011's "Evanescence," which was scrapped when she changed producers (from Steve Lillywhite to Nick Raskulinecz) but may offer a starting point for what comes next.
"I definitely have a lot of songs and ideas and things we haven't shared yet, and I still believe in them," Lee says. "Whenever we have a song or an idea or anything, whether it's Evanescence or whether it's not Evanescence...it can be anything, I just hope that if it's good I have an opportunity to share it with everybody. So we'll see; you may still get your chance to hear all this stuff."
Meanwhile, Evanescence is enjoying its Carnival of Madness run. It's something of a victory lap for "Evanescence," the long-awaited follow-up to 2006's "The Open Door," and Lee says the album, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 last October, is "a really positive thing in my life. This has been a lot of going out there and seeing new things and being able to have some new inspiration. So the writing will come. I'm not worried about that."
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