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.
The band was well rehearsed and bound by choreographed musical tightness which ensued at every turn and at times without warning to the screaming fans.
Visually stunning light beams and a simple display of the band’s moniker made it easier to focus on just the band, its music and raw energy, something becoming rarer and rarer with international acts of this size where the props are sometimes put ahead of their craft.
They played all the singles and also several album tracks, which I haven’t heard live before. They ended the concert on ‘My Immortal’ which was incredible. Starting off with just Amy Lee on the piano and then the rest of the band come in in the last chorus of the song. It just finished off the night perfectly!
Looking at the stage before the show started, I noticed that there was no piano, just a keyboard. The piano was hidden off to the right of the stage and was wheeled out every time she needed it. This made for a lot of silence between songs and unfortunately she didn’t talk much to the crowd, who adored her. All was forgiven though once a song had started.
What really impressed me was the drummer (Will Hunt) and how much of a machine he was! A showman pulling out all the stops, the stick twirl, stick bounce off the tom toms followed by the catch in mid air without missing a beat. Every hit was powerful and executed on time. He was the first on onstage creating a strong rhythmic foundation for the rest of the band at times commanding as much attention as Amy herself.
All in all the evening was a success. Everything that Evanescence and Amy Lee stands for presented itself on the stage the entire night. What more could you ask for? Maybe more bands like this one.
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