[Review] London Hammersmith Apollo, November 4/5, 2011 - Evanescence plus The Pretty Reckless (EvanescenceWebsite.com)
London Hammersmith Apollo, November 4/5, 2011 - Evanescence plus The Pretty Reckless
After years of waiting finally European fans had the chance to see the american band live. Just a month after the release of their third self-titled album, Evanescence is back! Despite the fact that I’m a huge fan of the band, I’ll try to be as impartial as possible during my review of the two concerts.
The Pretty Reckless, supporting group for this tour, deserves a little review as well. The young Taylor Momsen didn’t hold back during both live performances, she did her best in every single song, especially while performing ‘Just Tonight’, ‘Miss Nothing’ and ‘Zombie’. These guys really know how to get the audience carried away with the music, they were unleashed and wild, with an undeniable will to entertain themselves and the audience too. Their performance only lasted less than an hour, but it was enough to amuse the people in the arena, something that is very uncommon if we talk about supporting bands.
Their version of “Seven Nation Army” by the White Stripes was reamarkable. A great performance to see and get carried away with it!
Evanescence: Track List
What You Want, Going Under, The Other Site, Made Of Stone, The Change, Weight Of The World, Lost In Paradise, My Heart is Broken, Lithium, Call Me When Your Sober, Imaginary, Bring me to Life, Oceans, Never Go back, Your Star, My Immortal (I’m not sure about the order of the songs performed, I was too busy enjoying the concerts that I dind’t write down the order of the tracks! :))
‘What You Want’ opens the gig, Will Hunt starts to play his drums alone on stage followed by his bandmates, setting the Hammersmith Apollo arena on fire. ‘Going Under’ gets a roar of applause as soon as the first guitar riff played by Troy is heard, a track sung and played with passion and participation by the fans.
‘The Other Side’ is performed perfectly and ‘The Change’ is one of the songs that has most impact on the audience, it is extraordinary played live both musically and vocally.
It’s also the only track performed by Amy with her mic on the stand. Vocally she has made some great improvements since ‘Fallen’. in the song ‘The Change’, and during the performance of ‘My Heart Is Broken’ as well, it is clear that her voice is in a very good shape. ‘Lost In Paradise’ is greeted with roaring screams by the English audience, indisputable fact that fans have fallen in love with this pure Evanescence-styled rock ballad.
The challenging ‘My Heart Is Broken’ maybe goes beyond all my expectations, (Not to defend anybody but try to sing the chorus while sitting in a chair), the guitars riff is a sound walll that Will knows how to accentuate with the drums. ‘Lithium’ closes perfectly the first part of piano tracks performed on stage.
During ‘Made Of Stone’ they use the same intro seen and heard before in other live performances, but hearing it live makes a great musical impact. ’Call Me When You’re Sober’ and ‘Imaginary’ evoke the previous two albums, Amy uses the keyboards to perform them but they don’t represent enough the beauty of the piano parts included in these two tracks. ’Bring Me To Life’ makes all the Apollo Hammersmith Arena sing along, even three 50 years old ladies behind me, attending the concert with their children.
The band leaves the stage greeting the audience, then they come back when the fans call out for them screaming and when Amy’s piano is brought out on the stage again.
The concert ends with a breathtaking performance of ‘Never Go Back’, the beloved ‘You Star’ and ‘My Immortal’ with the audience all singing along. I wanted to leave ‘Oceans’ at the end of this review because I think that is the song which best represents the new Evanescence together with ‘The Change’. In both live performances it unleashes an energy capable of filling the entire arena, an impressive song, which sounds better performed live than the studio version.
Evanescence is back, in style! After eight years spent watching live shows around the world, I can say that these guys work in synergy and they have an energy never seen before in more than a dozen concerts I attended in Europe.
A tireless and scenographic Will, Troy seems to be part of this band since the beginning while he rotates around himself his guitar… these are the things that make a technically flawed show pushed into the background, but definitively a huge step ahead from the previous lineups of the band.
During the performances they do their best, with their heart, and when a band plays this way there’s no need to wonder why you can see Brazilian fan flags in the first rows, spanish fans that I met before lined up in front of the gates during the Open Door tour, other excited italian fans and people from all over the world.
EvanescenceWebsite.com wants to thank all the people who made this week-end unforgettable! A special thanks goes to EMI Music Italy and EMI Music Uk for the extraordinary communication and collaboration established, you are a great team and it’s a pleasure working with you guys.
Another very special thanks goes to Evanescence Management, we can’t thank you enough for everything you’ve done for us, you’re amazing!
Last but not least we want to thank all the friends we met in London: Amy, Josh, Tim AKA ‘The Womanizer’, Troy “Rhinocowboy” & “Madame” Amy , Beth and her fabulous glasses, Terry , Eddie, Will, Taylor Momsen & T.P.R., thank you for making us feel at home.
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