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
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