"Yeah, but it is good to be back. I've been away long enough that it's cool again." she says smiling.
Even after disappearing for over 5 years, Evanescence still have a massive cult following. Between their 2 albums, ‘Fallen’ and ‘The Open Door’ the band has managed to sell over 23 million albums worldwide and win two Grammy Awards. With the release of their new self-titled 3rd album MTV News caught up with frontwoman Amy Lee to find out why they walked away from it all at the height of their success.
“I just needed a break in a big way,” she says, looking happy and relaxed. “I just kind of wanted to be me, be just Amy. Not ‘the lead singer of Evanescence’ all day every day, you know? It’s really been the thing I’ve done with the biggest part of my life.”
We asked Amy if the break was completely necessary. Would Evanescence as we know it now not exist without it?
“Yeah, you have to take the time to make something worth making. If it takes 5 years to make something really special then take that 5 years… It’s sort of weird being in full-focus all the time. It’s a very ego-centric kind of career. It’s kind of good to be able to step away and have friends that don’t have anything to do with your work.”
So, how does it feel to be back?
“Yeah, but it is good to be back. I’ve been away long enough that it’s cool again.” she says with a big smile
Did the band worry that after half a decade the fans may not still be there, or the music landscape would have changed too drastically?
“So there!” she exclaims. “I would have done it anyways, I would have wanted to make music even if we had to sort of re-break ourselves, start completely over no one remembers who we are. We’re just really, really lucky. Our fans, so many of them, it’s not like they just bought a single and they moved on and bought the next big thing and forgot, it’s like they’re in for life!”
Amy always kept a rather low-profile, adding to a mystery surrounding who she really was. We asked her if she felt like there were any misconceptions about her that bothered her.
“I don’t know, when it comes to perception when it comes to you as a person, it’s never exactly right.”
So, what’s not “right” about the public’s perception of her?
“I’m not some deep, dark, brooding, miserable [person], I don’t know..”
Basically, the band is back and Amy couldn’t be happier about getting to show another side of it all: “I hope always to be showing different aspects of the band, and of myself and letting people have a clearer, and clearer picture of who I really am.”
‘Evanescence’ is available in stores everywhere.
For more from our chat with Amy, catch the full piece below.
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