[Media: Interview] Dave Pratt Live's Kassi Jayde with Amy Lee from Evanescence (X103.9 Phoenix YouTube Channel)
NOBEL PEACE PRIZE CONCERT, 11 DECEMBER 2011, 20:00 CET, OSLO
Dame Helen Mirren will host the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Norway next month, organisers announced.
The British actress, currently filming a drama about US music producer Phil Spector with Al Pacino, will compere a line-up including Evanescence and Glee star Matthew Morrison.
Other British performers will include David Gray and Ellie Goulding. Country duo Sugarland, Jill Scott and the World Youth Choir will also take part.
Dame Helen, star of The Queen and Prime Suspect, has won four Baftas, three Golden Globes and four Emmy awards in a career spanning 45 years.
The concert will be held in Oslo on December 11 – the day after the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, which this year honours Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, Liberian women’s rights activist Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman, a democracy activist from Yemen.
Geir Lundestad, secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, said: “The Nobel Committee is thrilled to welcome Helen Mirren and these acclaimed artists to help us spread the message of peace around the world.
“It promises to be a truly spectacular evening and we encourage the world to tune in and join us.”
The Nobel Peace Prize has previously honoured Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Barack Obama.
The concert has followed the day after the prize for the last 17 years.
For more info visit the official website of Nobel Peace Prize Concert
[Review] London Hammersmith Apollo, November 4/5, 2011 - Evanescence plus The Pretty Reckless (EvanescenceWebsite.com)
London Hammersmith Apollo, November 4/5, 2011 - Evanescence plus The Pretty Reckless
After years of waiting finally European fans had the chance to see the american band live. Just a month after the release of their third self-titled album, Evanescence is back! Despite the fact that I’m a huge fan of the band, I’ll try to be as impartial as possible during my review of the two concerts.
Evanescence's Amy Lee has revealed she's not a fan of shows like The X Factor.
The 29-year-old frontwoman, who co-founded the rock group with teenage friend Ben Moody, prefers to watch potential musical hopefuls evolve on their own, without the help of a TV show.
"I'm not a big fan, I have to be honest. It's really not my thing," she said.
"I'm just a fan of people creating their own thing. I'm not digging on it and I don't follow it."
The band has just released their third album, the self-titled Evanescence, after a five-year hiatus.
Amy, who introduced the Red Hot Chili Peppers' performance at the MTV European Music Awards in Belfast, explained: "This is the first album that the full band was involved in, creatively and I think that gives it a new power and energy.
"I don't like to have a plan. At first, I was just doing my thing, I got married in 2007 and didn't know what the plan was for Evanescence. But I kind of discovered that Evanescence is a giant part of me and I missed it."
She added: "Writing happens whether I want to or not so I started writing some material with the band, until we got the stuff we have now."
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