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Evanescence have announced their first UK gig in over four years.
The ‘My Immortal’ band will play London’s Eventim Apollo on June 14 – three days after Download Festival 2017 draws to a close. Tickets will go on sale this Friday (January 20) at 9am.
Evanescence last played live in the UK in 2012 when they embarked on a four-date arena tour. The year before, they had released their self-titled third album, which remains their most recent record.
Singer Amy Lee told NME back in 2012 that the band’s next batch of music could take them in a different direction.
“I love folk, that’s a big part of my background,” she said at the time. “I’ve written music that’s a lot simpler and more acoustic and I got into a moment where I’m obsessed with dance music, things like Massive Attack and Portishead. I’d like to do something that’s not driven by loud guitars, I love the aggression they bring, but I’d like to try something out.”
The band took a break following their 2012 tour before regrouping in 2015 for a series of live shows in the US. They also toured the US last year with a setlist that included signature hits ‘Bring Me To Life’, ‘My Immortal’ and ‘Going Under’. [Source]
Evanescence are winding down their 2016 touring activity, but will make sure that fans everywhere will get a chance to see their final date. The band will be playing the Paramount in Huntington, N.Y. Wednesday night (Nov. 23) and they’ll be teaming up with Live Nation to stream the show online.
The band has been touring in the lead up to the release of the band’s massive vinyl box set. The Ultimate Collection is due to arrive Dec. 9 via Concord / Bicycle. Included are six LPs that span their four studio albums (The Open Door requires two LPs) and a rarities set titled The Lost Whispers.
Evanescence’s sets have included a new song called “Take Cover.” Singer Amy Lee told us before the tour started that she was looking forward to the run, explaining, “I’m most looking forward to the things we haven’t done yet, so I’m not gonna tell you exactly what they are, but there’s a couple of songs that are almost just for me. One of them is ‘The Change.’ It’s not our most famous song by any means, it wasn’t even a single and it’s just one of my favorite songs we’ve done as a band and there’s just something about the way I can just release my mind singing it. There’s no lyrics in the bulk of the chorus, I love it; it just makes me feel so inside the music.”
As for Evanescence’s future, Lee has stated that there will eventually be new music, but that it will come in its own time.
Though Amy Lee has a newly released children’s album and there has been no official word on a new Evanescence album as of yet, fans are getting a taste of new music at the band’s recent shows. They’ve got a song called “Take Cover” that they’ve added to the set list.
The song is a more electronic-based track, alternative between moments of rhythmic swaying verses and a more driving anthemic chorus. You can check out a fan-shot performance of the song from a recent show in Dallas in the player above.
Lee recently told Team Rock that the idea to add a new song to the set came as they began to explore the music for their upcoming vinyl box set, The Ultimate Collection, which is due on Dec. 9. She explains, “We are playing a new song live right now. We got together for rehearsals and we really focused this tour on the fans and the history of the band. Kind of in light of this whole box set theme, we wanted to do everything that the fans want and not just what we felt like doing. It has been so fulfilling and so fun.”
She adds, “When we got together the guys were really strongly supportive of it, we had a song in the bank. And we were like, ‘You know what the fans would really love is a new song. That’s all they ever ask for.’ So we knocked the dust off an old song called ‘Take Cover’ that we had in the bank for a while and we loved it. It’s one of our favorite moments every night on the tour. I think they like it a lot. I posted the lyrics on Facebook and now I get at least five people in the front row mouthing along, which is extra fun.”
Amy Lee seems to be diving deeper into the world of film music. After War Story, INDIGO GREY and Voice From The Stone, it was revealed in an interview with A Child Grows in Brooklyn that Lee was writing music for a fourth film. On September 14th, an MTV News article stated that the new movie was title Blind, written by John Buffalo Mailer, directed by Michael Mailer and starring Alec Baldwin and Demi Moore. The composer of the film’s score is Dave Eggar, with whom Amy has previously collaborated on Aftermath, the soundtrack to War Story. According to @EvTod, Chuck Palmer is also part of the film’s score team. It is still unknown to what extent (closing titles song, score etc.) Amy is involved in the soundtrack.
On September 15th, it was announced via an official Press Release that the movie will be premiering for the first time at Woodstock Film Festival in New York on October 13th, 2016. You can download the festival’s program, featuring Blind, by clicking here. Articles on Daily Freeman and IndieWire also talk about the movie’s world premier. A trailer is still to be released, while the movie is expected go to cinemas around the world later this year. [Source]
Over the last few years, Evanescence vocalist Amy Lee have found herself more and more engrossed in the film world, working on several score pieces. Her latest project finds the singer showcasing both her vocal and piano playing talents to create a closing title song for the film Voice From the Stone.
In the clip above, Lee takes viewers behind the scenes of her sessions at Skywalker Ranch as she lays down haunting vocals and delivers a piano melody that will eventually be used for the film. The piece is called “Speak To Me” and as you can see, it also plays well over several scenes from the movie. The clip soundtracks a woman’s entry through gates toward a perfectly green landscaped entryway to an epic castle, some romantic moments between the film’s cast and more.
The movie is described as a Hitchcock fairy tale, a mysterious and suspenseful romance set in 1950’s Tuscany. Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke is the lead, with Marton Csokas, Caterina Murino, Remo Girone, Lisa Gastoni and Edward Dring rounding out the film’s key cast members.
The plan is for us to work on a new album next. We don’t have a timeline going on right now — we’ve been focused on [the Synthesis] tour and this whole crazy massive thing we’ve been doing. But, yeah, that’s totally the plan. You will hear from us. - Amy Lee via Detroit's WRIF 101.1 FM
Evanescence return this fall with Synthesis, their fourth studio album, slated for a Fall 2017 release. The group today, August 14, announced the “Synthesis Live” tour will launch this fall beginning October 14 on the west coast. Like the album, “Synthesis Live” will feature a re-imagining of some of Evanescence’s best-loved songs with the spotlight on full orchestra, electronics combined with the band and Amy Lee’s virtuoso piano and voice.
The track is the lead single and one of the new songs from album ‘Synthesis’ – a reworking of some of the band’s best-loved tracks performed with a full orchestra and electronic elements. ‘Imperfection’, is an emotional moment dealing with suicide and depression.
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