Evanescence is finally back with their new album 'Evanescence' and it was obvious that fans couldn't wait for the band's return.The album went all the way up to number 1 positions in different places and many sold out shows, including tonight's show in the 013 in Tilburg in the Netherlands, followed during the long world tour which the band is currently on. Clubshows and festival performances with fans waiting since early in the morning, like today in front of the 013 was the case as well. Evanescence hasn't been in The Netherlands since 2007, so it wasn't really a surprise that the show had sold out. Metalkrant was there for a live review, which can be found here, but I also got the chance to do an interview before the show with the one and only Amy Lee! Check it out!
Q: First of all thank you for this interview. It’s really cool to meet you. So, how are you?
Amy: I’m really good. It’s been a great tour, we’ve been going for quite a while now. We’ve been going full on since October so, it’s been going great. It’s been different sized venues tours. This one is the big one. This is the one with all the giant masses. We just did Rock am Ring and Rock Im Park, which were like, 85.000 people or something. So you know, it’s cool. We’re just in full on, heavy set, festival mode right now. So it’s nice to have today, which is our own show for the first time in a few shows.
Q: With such a long going tour..Are there any interesting stories?
Amy: Uhm..yes.. plenty..wow, haha. I just wrote a blog on EvClub, like I was journaling to myself just in the back launch on my computer about the Rock am Ring/ Rock Im Park experience and then I read and was like, “this is kind of like a story. I think I’ll put it out there”. And I put it up, so people have been reading that and I don’t want to tell the same story twice haha. But I have most recently felt a cool, remembering that I belong here thing. Like when we go to some of these places, like the other day when we had both of those shows.. it was like Machine Head andMotörhead..Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage.. all these bands are on our stage. That’s our day. And then there is Evanescenceplopped in the middle of it. It’s like.. Where do we fit in? Sometimes I feel conflicted about exactly where we fit. I mean, it’s not like there wasn’tSoundgarden and other stuff that maybe makes more sense on other stages. I don’t know, I ended up feeling like a little bit overwhelmed. Like “Why am I here, feeling so sensitive” you know. Playing emotional songs, when all people want to do is head bang..or more like pound their heads into each other..Anyway.. haha. But I don’t know. I ran into all these people that I knew and remember from doing this before. I think this was our fourth or fifth time doing Rock am Ring/ Rock Im Park. I felt so much love from my peers. Like I went in there and suddenly realized how many of those guys I know and how many of them respect me. And that meant so much and made me feel like “you know what, I totally do belong here”. And we went on stage and had the best show! Both of them were so good. I honestly can’t say I’ve ever had a better time at Rock am Ring/ Rock Im park. So I think, more than anything, I’ve learned a little lesson. It’s like “oh yeah, I have been doing this for a long time, I know what I’m doing and there’s nothing to be afraid of”. I don’t know. Sometimes I feel like we’ve changed a lot. You know, like, when I write music it’s not all me trying to fit in some anxiety, gothy thing. I’m just being myself and I’m not exactly the same as I was when I was fifteen and doing some of that stuff. So I don’t know. There are times when you feel like “where do I belong?”. But I feel like a new sense of “I totally belong here”. If that makes any sense. Haha.
Q: If I’m correct ‘Lost In Paradise’ will be the next single.
Amy: It will be yes.
Q: Can you tell us anything more already about what the video will be like, if you know anything about it already?
Amy: Well, we haven’t come up with a scheme for the video; we’re still working on it. Right now the single in the US is still ‘The Other Side’. ‘Lost In Paradise’, we’re going to have a real unified international release later on. So I guess over here it’s a little bit of waiting. As far as what the video will be like I don’t know, but I will say that we’re definitely filming a video and like always, I’ll be totally driving myself to make the best thing we’ve ever done or I won’t be satisfied with it haha.
Q: Usually when single’s got released on a disc we would get like some awesome b-sides with it. It seems like that’s getting less and less now in this digital era. Yet you did put 4 awesome bonus tracks on the record. Do you see yourselves ever releasing a special record full of b-sides, demo tracks, tracks that didn’t make a record etc, especially for the fans?
Amy: This is what happened. We recorded 16 tracks for this album and that’s normally right, 16 or 17. And we’re only supposed to have 12 or 13 on the record, the rest would be b-sides, so you have them exactly for that purpose. And we loved all the songs so much that we couldn’t stand it, I couldn’t stand that we weren’t going to release them all, so we made a deluxe edition that was released at the same time and we already gave them all away, haha. So we have nothing left because I so badly wanted everybody to hear ‘Say You Will’, ‘Disappear’, ‘Secret Door’. I felt that we had so many songs. And then there are the ones that we didn’t record of course, we had more than 17 songs. But we never recorded them the full way, they’re just bad demo’s at home. So without having to go in to a studio really quick we don’t have anything to put on that’s brand new. I think for us for a b-side for like ‘Lost In Paradise’, it’s going to have to be something that we find magical time to record or it’s going to be some cool live performance or something. I don’t know what we’re going to do about that yet, we’re going to get our thoughts together over the next couple of months about it.
Q: You did an acoustic set in Germany a few days ago. Any plans to do more of those shows?
Amy: We loved it and we’ve talked about doing some kind of a short acoustic tour in the future. Maybe some kind of recording. Just because it’s really nice. I think that our songs can handle that. It doesn’t have to have all that production to still be a good song. And it’s really cool to hear all the music that you may be missing. Sometimes when you twist something and just put it in a more simple way, everybody can hear the basics of the song in the first place and just the vocals and the lyrics shine, and there’s something really nice about that. It’s not that it’s easier for me, but it is in that I don’t have to completely concentrate on projecting over the wall of guitars and drums behind me. I can actually just relax and sing normal, like in a studio a little bit more. That was a really enjoyable experience and we were definitely talking about it afterwards like “When can we do this again? Maybe we can put together a short little tour or something?” So our minds are working, no firm plans yet, but I did enjoy that a lot. We all did.
Q: So what more is in store for Evanescence in 2012?
Amy: Tour! We have a lot of that. The tour is still being booked as we go. We’re going to be out on this run until..I’m not even sure when I go home, July or something. And then we go out on a short US run. I know we have a big South American tour ahead of us this year and also an UK tour. There might be something else that I’m forgetting, haha. We’ve been all over the place haha. We’re booked I think until November. Then I don’t know what, we’re going to take a second and think about what next, I’m not sure what that is. Usually I’ve got kind of a one track mind, like ok we’re working on this record right now, then we’ll rest, and then we’ll work on the next thing.
Q: And my last question, do you have any message for your fans and the people who read our magazine?
Amy: We’re so grateful to be here. We wouldn’t have been able to book a show if there weren’t any people to buy the tickets. I think about that every night. I really am so grateful to be here. We have very fond memories of being here in the Netherlands and with our fans here. It is such an honor to be able to still come back after having so much history. And I’m looking forward to giving it all I’ve got tonight.
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