"They threw us out of the office. They said, 'A chick and a piano? Are you kidding? On rock radio?'"
According to Wind-up Records president Ed Vetri, that's what a radio programmer said back in 2003 when Wind-up knocked on the station's door to solicit airplay for a new band. It indeed had a chick and a piano. The woman was Amy Lee, singer of Arkansas rock band Evanescence. The song was "Bring Me To Life," which first appeared on the soundtrack to the Ben Affleck/Jennifer Garner movie "Daredevil." The rest is history.
The PD's name? Vetri politely wouldn't say. But to be fair, Evanescence was nothing like the bands then dominating the rock channels. Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit merged rap and rock. Mudvayne and System of a Down sounded jerky and chaotic. Korn, Slipknot and Staind were down-tuned and morbid. That was one reason Lee's mezzo-soprano broke through the ocean of testosterone: a melodic counterpoint was overdue. Female rock fans also appreciated having someone of their own gender to look up to — an anti-thesis to pop entertainers who co-wrote her music and didn't rely on Auto-Tune.
Evanescence dodged the alleged curse of the best new artist grammy (the band won it in 2004) by selling 7.7 million copies of its Wind-up debut, Fallen, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album was propelled by "Bring Me to Life" and follow-up hits "Going Under," "Everybody's Fool" and "My Immortal." The monstrous success still had a price: conflict between Lee and co-songwriter/guitarist Ben Moody resulted in his abrupt resignation while Evanescence toured in support of Fallen. The rest of the band that was together at the time of the album's release — bassist Will Boyd, guitarist John LeCompt and drummer Rocky Gray — later exited, the latter two under bitter circumstances. And Lee later admitted she considered calling it a day after completing touring for sophomore album The Open Door.
Ten years on, while Lee continues with Evanescence, Fallen has aged gracefully. It's easy to hear why the band was among the class of rock groups that went multiplatinum at the turn of the millennium. Its formidable combination of power and melody was more than enough of a foundation to withstand the trends of its time.
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’S LATEST SINGLE, ‘MADE OF STONE,’ IS DRAMATIC FROM START TO FINISH
Evanescence broke out of the early 2000s, post-grunge era at a time when the need for a powerful, female-fronted rock band band was at its peak. Thankfully, Amy Lee and Evanescence filled that need with churning, metallic rock anthems showcasing Lee’s strong belt and roar. Now, Evanescence have released the latest single off their self-titled, 2011 release, “Made of Stone,” and the song carries the Evanescence tradition of epic, towering guitar-driven rock and emotive vocals.
Lee opens the track with hushed, delicate vocals that whisper something of a warning over deep rhythms and sparse keyboard: “Speak your mind, like I care / I can see your lips moving / I’ve just learned not to hear / Don’t waste your time,” Lee breathes out with a touch of edge before the verse explodes into a fist-pumping chorus.
“It’s never enough for you baby / Don’t want to play your game anymore / No matter what you say / I’m all out of love for you, baby / And now that I’ve tried everything / I’ll numb the pain, ‘Til I am made of stone!” Call this the perfect breakup ditty for any girl, or guy, looking to say the final “goodbye.”
“Made of Stone” remains dramatic from start to finish, and while there’s a major bluster in the chorus, the song carries a wide range of musical textures and feels. “Made of Stone” depicts the Evanescence aura fully and completely, making this one of the Arkansas rock group’s strongest singles to date.
Ink Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Guitar Gauges
As far as an alternative goth metal band is concerned, it still interests me that after all these years this is the only band of its genre that has hit true commercial highs. And whilst with good reason, this female fronted rock band from Little Rock, Arkansas, still lacks some earthy quality to its tunes unlike many of its genre’s counterparts. Having said all this, that could very well be why in the words of the late Steve Jobs ‘It just works’.
With an all new line up and a third album under her belt, Amy Lee owned that stage from the moment she stepped out with the opening track ‘What you want’. Having seen her for a third time, this was truly her finest gig down under. Blown away from the strength in her voice to her overall self confidence and showmanship, it just made for one amazing show. Song after song, she powered through.
Following on from reportedly ‘killer’ performances across Australia, Evanescence graced our shores yesterday evening for the final show in their current world tour.
Ardent fans had gathered at Vector Arena early in the day to ensure they could get as close to centre stage as possible for what promised to be a stellar performance. They were not to be disappointed.
The Evanescence on stage last night was clearly deserving of the international superstar reputation they have earned since 2003. Musically the band was tight, Amy’s distinctive voice was note-perfect and the overall performance on stage was executed with precision.
The setup of the venue - with the stage moved forward and reduced seating - provided superb acoustics throughout the stadium. The space created was small enough to provide an intimate experience without being claustrophobic. As a result, crowd interaction was a key feature of the event, thanks too to a dynamic stage presence by the whole band, providing a well-crafted backing act to Amy’s lead.
Supporting band, Blaqk Audio, was well matched, even if unknown to many of the title band’s fans. Their performance was up to the standard one would expect from Davey Havok and Jade Puget and despite the lack of familiarity, they set the tone for the evening and stirred the crowd into party mood.
Once the main event was underway, fans lapped up renditions of tracks from the band’s self-title new album, with many singing along with enthusiasm. Amy’s delivery of favourites such as Bring Me to Life and My Immortal, was clearly full of genuine emotion and brought the atmosphere to fear-pitch, leaving some fans in tears.
Despite a gruelling schedule of shows, Amy’s distinctive vocal range was intact and backed by stellar performances by drummer Will Hunt and guitarists Terry Balsamo, Tim McCord and Troy McLawhorn, as well as Amy’s own piano playing, this was an event the band’s fans will not forget any time soon.
Pleasing the crowd with a short encore performance, the band rolled out the piano and closed the show - and their world tour - with My Immortal to deserved applause from an ecstatic crowd who got everything they had come for.
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.
I have never been to an Evanescence concert before, and there are quite a few things that surprised me about the performance.
Number one? The fans. I feel sheepish in admitting that I genuinely did not know there were enough passionate Evanescence fans in Melbourne to fill an arena.
Not only did they turn up in droves, but they arrived dressed to the nines, a lot in elaborate costuming involving corsets, black lipstick, stomping thigh high pleather boots and more.
Where did these people come from? I definitely haven't shared a tram with them in recent times. I was impressed by their passion... and I have to say a little intimidated by their get ups!
[Review] Evanescence in Singapore - An adrenaline pumping night with Evanescence (SG.Entertainment.Yahoo.com)
After a three-year hiatus, Evanescence is making a comeback with some new faces.
The American rock band have a new line-up with drummer Will Hunt, bassist Tim McCord and guitarists Terry Balsamo and Troy McLawhorn joining lead vocalist Amy Lee for their latest world tour.
The band has been through several shake-ups since its debut in 2003, most notably the departure of co-founder Ben Moody in 2003. Other band members who have left the group include keyboardist David Hodges, bassist Will Boyd, guitarist John LeCompt and drummer Rocky Gray.
Speaking to Yahoo! Singapore before their first concert in Singapore, Lee stressed that the new line-up does not affect the band's dynamics. "They (her band members) are all working together like a live band does… everybody gets together and hammers ideas," she said, before adding that their music is now more mature and more diverse.
All copyright is to their respective owners, no infringement intended.
Online since October 27th 2011
© 2011-2014, Evanescence Croatia