I have never been to an Evanescence concert before, and there are quite a few things that surprised me about the performance.
Number one? The fans. I feel sheepish in admitting that I genuinely did not know there were enough passionate Evanescence fans in Melbourne to fill an arena.
Not only did they turn up in droves, but they arrived dressed to the nines, a lot in elaborate costuming involving corsets, black lipstick, stomping thigh high pleather boots and more.
Where did these people come from? I definitely haven't shared a tram with them in recent times. I was impressed by their passion... and I have to say a little intimidated by their get ups!
Number two? I did not expect lead singer Amy Lee to emerge on stage wearing a purple and black sparkly tutu matched with gold leggings. I really did not see that coming.
I thought Evanescence were more about dark clothing and dark emotions, and the concert taught me they were really about neither.
They kicked off with a hit from their third album, called What You Want, and seamlessly moved to Going Under, a track which was spawned from their debut album Fallen and really got the crowd going!
Amy Lee's vocals were impeccable, and the super heavy backing band behind her (who knew Evanescence was so heavy?!) whipped the crowd into submission. Not sure how all the corsets faired in the heaving mob... but I was glad I wasn't wearing one!
A few songs were stripped back, and began on an acoustic grand piano, which added another musical dimension to their sound. Each song was haunting and hypnotising, thanks to Amy-Lee's heart-wrenching (how's that for alliteration?!) melodies and lyrics.
I also soon realised this feeling was also largely due to their evocative and widespread use of our good friend the minor scale .... For any music geeks playing at home.
Away from front lady Amy Lee, the band behind her were really impressive. Drummer Will Hunt charged every song with super busy percussive stunts -I'm talking double kick drums, stick twirling, and sporadic phlegm spitting- and the band as a whole provoked a lot of rock hands in the crowd (index and pinky fingers up if you want to try it).
Weirdly I thought a lot of the songs reminded me of Hillsong 'praise God' anthems.... Which made more sense when I was later told that a few of the band members have a musical background in Christian metal (another surprising genre discovery!).
Evanescence played a lot of new songs... probably more than the crowd wanted to hear... but that's never really a surprise when a band has a recent release.
There was no doubt that the old stuff drew the most cheers, with Bring Me To Life and the beautiful and largely acoustic My Immortal at the end of the set inciting a full standing ovation around the venue.
I give this concert 7 unexpected tutus out of 10
What You Want
The Other Side
Weight of the World
My Last Breath
Made of Stone
Lost in Paradise
My Heart Is Broken
Call Me When You're Sober
Bring Me to Life
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