Evanescence‘s self-titled album was released in 2011. With band members devoting themselves to individual projects and management change, Evanescence‘s future was unclear. Things do change. Synthesis, the fourth studio album via BMG Records, is set to be released Nov. 10. Evanescence is embarking on a North American tour through the middle of December. In an impressive fashion, for the first three weeks of the tour, Synthesis is being performed live in its entirety before the release date.
Evanescence kicked off the Synthesis Live tour the night before in Las Vegas, then headed to Los Angeles, California for a beautiful night under the stars at The Greek Theatre. As guitarist Jen Majura and Troy McLawhorn, bassist Tim McCord and drummer Will Hunt take the stage front and center blending in with the 20-piece orchestra conducted by Susie Seiter, the beautiful Amy Lee enters the stage wearing a long green gown designed by Les Habitudes as she takes a seat behind the piano, showcasing another one of her talents opening with Overture the first track of the upcoming Synthesis album, followed by Never Go Back from their self-titled album, rounding out the first three songs with Lacrymosa from The Open Door.
“This is a total passion project for me. There are so many layers in our music underneath the huge drums and guitars,” explains singer Amy Lee. “I’ve always wanted to shine a light on some of the gorgeous David Campbell arrangements and programming elements in our songs, and that idea snowballed into completely re-doing them with full orchestra, not just strings, elaborate programming and experimentation. This will be our first-time touring with an orchestra and I’m so excited to perform this way-really focus on the vocals, and the emotion and the story we’ve built over the years. I’m also really excited about the new material on the album. Besides the two new songs, there are some really beautiful instrumental in-between moments. The whole thing flows like a big, dynamic soundtrack.”
The 90-minute set included 16 songs and a three-song encore, which included fan favourites: Lithium off The Open Door, Bring Me to Life and My Immortal off Fallen and ending the set with Imperfection off Synthesis. After a brief break, Majura, McLawhorn, McCord and Hunt reenter the stage, as Lee states, “Were not done yet. We will play a couple more songs,” to the fans’ cheers. Ending with Speak to Me, an Amy Lee single, Good Enough off The Open Door, ending with Swimming Home off their self-titled album Evanescence.
Lee thanked the audience several times, saying “I don’t know what to say except thank you”. As a fan yells out “We love you, Amy”, with a sheepish response back I love you too, the fans loved hearing that as the cheer rise. Even at one point making a joke saying, “I don’t know what song is next, this being the second show I am not used to the set list yet.”
All in all, a great night as these rock fans enjoyed the finer things classical music. The standing ovation still going strong after the lights went on, showed the appreciation of tonight’s performance.
Never Go Back
End of the Dream
My Heart is Broken
Lost in Paradise
Speak to Me
Evanescence‘s remaining dates – “Synthesis Live” 2017 North American Tour
Oct. 27 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Chastain Park Amphitheatre
Oct. 28 – Charlotte, N.C. @ Ovens Auditorium
Oct. 30 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts
Oct. 31 – Oxon Hill, Md. @ MGM National Harbor
Nov. 2 – Upper Darby, Pa. @ Tower Theater
Nov. 3 – Mashantucket, Ct. @ Foxwoods Resort Casino Grand Theater
Nov. 5 – Boston, Mass. @ Orpheum Theatre
Nov. 7 – Bethlehem, Pa. @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center
Nov. 8 – Baltimore, Md. @ Hippodrome Theatre
Nov. 10 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Kings Theatre
Nov. 30 – Chicago, Ill. @ Chicago Theatre
Dec. 2 – Carmel, Ind. @ The Palladium
Dec. 5 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ State Theatre
Dec. 6 – Madison, Wis. @ Orpheum Theatre
Dec. 8 – Toronto, Ontario @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
Dec. 9 – Windsor, Ontario @ Caesar’s Windsor
Dec. 11 – Kansas City, Mo. @ Kansas City Music Hall
Dec. 13 – Denver, Colo. @ Paramount Theatre
Dec. 15 – Reno, Nev. @ Grand Theatre at the Grand Sierra Resort
Dec. 16 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Masonic Auditorium
Dec. 19 – Portland, Ore. @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
All photos by Tammy Greene
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