The American rock band around Amy Lee - Evanescence in Dortmund on June 14th.
"We have incredible fans all over the world," says Evanescence singer Amy Lee. She and her band are on an extended tour. After their performance at Rock am Ring and Rock im Park, the indie-rockers from the States are playing an acoustic concert in FZW on June 14th (relocated from Westphalia Hall).
Evanescence are back on tour for about a year now after a long break - and they're enjoying it to the fullest. "It's wonderful," says singer Amy Lee. "It's great to still have so many fans out there, despite the long break, it just feels so good. We have the most incredible fans in the world."
What you'll get to hear are older successful titles like "Bring Me to Life" and of course songs from the latest self-titled record released in the fall (EMI). It was the first time that all band members worked together on an Evanescence record. "That's quite a difference: five people who submit ideas and bring the wheel in motion," says Amy Lee. And it's more noticeable live. Especially the drummer brought in his own style, and it really comes to life on stage. That applies of course to all band members.
In the five years that had elapsed between the release of the second and the latest album, Amy Lee - usually at the piano - learned to play the harp. Why this instrument? "I've always admired it," she says, noting that there are certain similarities between piano and harp. "A piano is like a big, flat-lying harp." Her husband bought her a harp for Christmas and then he also encouraged her to learn to play it. "I've tried and I fell in love with it. And the best part of it was: I learned something new! It felt so good to learn again, it was cool to have a teacher, and lessons every Tuesday. This has helped me and inspired me to write new songs. I always want to learn more." And in fact, harp fits so well in the opulent orchestral music of the US metal band from Arkansas.
Classical music inspired Amy Lee
"Classical music has inspired me at a young age," said Amy Lee. She took piano lessons for years since the age of nine. Additionally, she was thrilled by "Amadeus," a drama film from 1984 about the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. "I'm a big fan of Mozart," says the 30-year-old. "Yes, my classical training flows into our music."
Recently they have played a pure acoustic concert in Wiesbaden in front of 300 fans. "We've never done this with the whole band before, usually with a guitar and a couple of cellos. We worked on it for a few days." An acoustic concert is a challenge, since all possible mistakes are more likely to be noticed. Each band member has to think along and focus more on what they're doing. However, the concert in the intimate setting was magnificent, the fans were thrilled!
Acoustic album not excluded!
The one thing that gets much greater advantage in such an acoustic session is Amy's impressive voice. She does warm ups for her voice several times a day, even before rehearsals, as she tells the fans during the unplugged concert. At first she didn't use to do that, but after a few shows she had lost her voice just after the second or third song. "I've ruined it!", she thought and was horrified. Since then, she realized the importance of doing warm ups for her voice.
So, have you planned to make an acoustic album? "We have talked about it. But there is still no definite plan for it," says Amy Lee. And in general, can we expect a new album? Will it also take you several years again? "I don't know," explains the singer. She was open to anything. The most important thing is that they feel inspired. She doesn't want to force anything or to be under pressure by her label or by financial considerations. "We have to stay creative, even if it means to wait."
The next single is "Lost in Paradise"
"Lost in Paradise" appears to be the next single. In it she has handled her need to come back to the fans after the long break: "I felt free, I lived in this big house - and I knew I missed it (the band). I didn't feel as a whole without music. I had to come back, because it's a huge part of my life."
Evanescence played at Rock am Ring and Rock im Park last weekend and they will have three more appearances in Germany in June: 12.6. Hamburg (Stadtpark), 14.6. Dortmund (FZW relocated from Westphalia Hall), 15.6. Berlin (Zita Rock Festival).
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Original article: derWesten.de
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