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Evanescence

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Biography All Music Guide

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Evanescence filled a niche few knew existed: the need for operatic goth pop, soul-baring introspection paired with churning metallic guitars. Singer/pianist Amy Lee cut such a figure fronting the group that it was easy to not think of Evanescence as a band, but rather a support group for her songs. After some lineup shifts, however, including the departure of founding member Ben Moody, the band consolidated and remained one of the most popular post-alternative American bands of the 2000s.

Amy Lee met Moody at a youth camp in their native Little Rock, Arkansas in 1994. Lee and Moody worked steadily together, releasing three EPs at the tail end of the '90s, followed by a full-length album called Origin. By this time, the group was called Evanescence, and they signed with Wind-Up Records in 2002, expanding to a full lineup consisting of guitarist John LeCompt, bassist Will Boyd, and drummer Rocky Gray not long after the completion of the band's major-label debut, Fallen. Released in the spring of 2003 and initially marketed toward CCM audiences -- an association the band disavowed rather rapidly -- Fallen quickly proved to be a success thanks to the hit single "Bring Me to Life," which was soon followed by "My Immortal," both reaching the Billboard Top Ten in the U.S. All this success led to two Grammys, one for Best New Artist and one for Best Hard Rock Performance, but a split within the ranks soon emerged, with Ben Moody leaving the group during their European tour.

Terry Balsamo, late of Cold, replaced Moody on guitar and became Amy Lee's main songwriting partner. The fruits of their collaboration would take a while to surface as Evanescence continued to ride the success of Fallen, buying time with Anywhere But Home -- a live album timed for the holiday season of 2004 -- and then suffering a few setbacks in 2005, with Boyd leaving the band and Balsamo suffering a stroke. The group's sophomore set, The Open Door, finally arrived in October of 2006, with Tim McCord -- formerly Revolution Smile's guitarist -- joining on bass after its release. Spearheaded by the single "Call Me When You're Sober," The Open Door didn't quite match the success of Fallen but it performed handsomely, debuting at number one on Billboard the week of its release. During the supporting tour for The Open Door in 2007, LeCompt was fired from the band and Gray quit, with guitarist Troy McLawhorn and drummer Will Hunt hired to take their respective places.

It was another long wait for the group's third album, with the band scrapping sessions helmed by famed producer Steve Lillywhite before hiring Nick Raskulinecz, who wound up producing the eponymous album that appeared in October 2011, a full five years after The Open Door. Like its predecessor, Evanescence debuted at number one on the Billboard charts. A massive tour took up much of 2012 (including stops in North America, Europe, Asia, and South America), after which Lee announced that the band would take an extended break.

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Tour Dates All Dates Dates In My Area

Date Venue Location Tickets
06.14.17 Eventim Apollo London, Lnd UK
06.17.17 Tilburg 013 Tilburg, NB Netherlands
07.09.17 Palladium Koln Koln, NW Germany

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  • 01.20.17 UK! Tickets are on sale NOW for our show @EventimApollo on Wed 14 June. Get your tickets now!… https://t.co/rDN9EIRyfD
  • 01.17.17 UK... we are extremely excited to announce we are going to be performing @EventimApollo London on Wed 14 June. Tic… https://t.co/mItgtAhZh7
  • 01.13.17 This is beautiful. See you soon!! https://t.co/HluEnVhSJO
  • 01.12.17 Hey! We have an update for all of you who ordered the Ultimate Collection vinyl boxset. https://t.co/94PBsVKJK1
  • 01.05.17 Charity Auction: Win Amy Lee’s Autographed Hello Kitty Keyboard https://t.co/6JRxZq2jco @Loudwire
  • 01.05.17 Tickets are on-sale NOW for our show at Movistar Arena in Santiago on May 4th, 2017! https://t.co/ywT2oeSqfm https://t.co/ZslZxhHrSv
  • 12.16.16 We’re excited to announce our performance at Estadio Obras on 5/2 in Buenos Aires! Tickets go on-sale December 21st!
  • 12.15.16 BELGIUM! Heading your way next year to play at GRASPOP on June 18th in Dessel! Get your tickets now!… https://t.co/UE1vSBuVeY
  • 12.15.16 NETHERLANDS! We’re excited to announce our performance at 013 on June 17th in Tilburg! https://t.co/tjzyESZfsK
  • 12.15.16 SWITZERLAND! Very excited to announce we will be playing at Z7 Summer Nights Open Air in PratteIn on July 8th! https://t.co/i4wojCdeMK
  • 12.14.16 Very excited to share our NEW Evanescence store with you all! Check out our merch: https://t.co/ncZJ8DswMI
  • 12.14.16 CZECH REPUBLIC! We're heading to Europe to play Rock for People in Hradec Kralove on July 6th! Get your tickets now… https://t.co/XjNIhW2Rrn