Just thought I'd share my experience of seeing them on the 31st. So yeah, couldn't ask for a better day really. As many of you know I met up with AlessEv , EvanescentEvil and a few friends not on Evthreads and we all did the Meet and Greet, champagne toast and watched soundcheck together. In all honesty, I think catching up with old, and meeting new friends was one of the biggest highlights. It was just really cool sharing our stories and realising how different our backgrounds were despite our mutual love for Ev. It was also a pretty cool reminder that there really is no such thing as a boring Evhead. We're all getting through life in our own way and carving our own paths and the funny thing is that actually makes us really similar.
Soundcheck was a little different to other dates on the Synthesis tour. Up until now the orchestra had been a part of soundcheck, but because they'd done a performance with the band the night before, they didn't bother turning up so we had a really cool and intimate soundcheck with Ev. Troy knocked over Suzie's conductor stand (twice) which had us all laughing, they played Swimming Home and, until later that evening, the most beautiful performance of Lithium I've ever heard. Jen's backing harmonies were incredible and in a room that big with just the few of us there for the meet and greet, their tour manager, Beth, security and Suzie there, it was absolutely haunting.
We then had a short break whilst the band got changed for the Meet and Greet. It was pretty informal, just all of us in a room with champagne and the band mingling with us. I'd written a letter for each of them the night before, so I gave these to them then. We then formed a queue and had our photos taken with the band (+ a very quick chat) I spoke to the guys about the kit they were using for the tour. Unsurprisingly both Troy and Jen are literally just going pedalboards into P.A. and Science's mixing desk - which I'd guessed anyway - and Troy confirmed this was due to logistics/to lessen the feedback from the amps. I also asked Will what he thought of playing digital drums and he joked that he'd play a box of matches and still have a good time :') I apologised to Tim because I'd promised him I'd get myself a Stingray bass last time I met them (I'd asked him what he thought of them and he said I should definitely go for it if I loved the sound as much as he does), but I spent all of the money I'd saved on the meet and greet. He said that was definitely a better use of my money, haha! Amy thanked me for coming again and told me that this orchestra was the best she'd ever played with, which blew me away (especially considering the calibre of orchestras they've played with in Europe on this tour).
After the photos, myself, Aless and a couple of others went out to grab some food and we bumped into Jen having a smoke. We asked her about the photoshoot on the Thursday and the filming during the London concerts and she told us that the Thursday photoshoot was for Kerrang! (April release). She also told us that the filming with P.R. Brown is for a music video, and although she couldn't tell us what for, we could probably guess. We all said Hi-Lo and she laughed then wandered off with one of the road crew (probably to get some food).
The concert itself was amazing. Two long sets, the first being just the orchestra playing some classics from Mozart, Beethoven and even a Danny Elfman score. For a classical music fan who loves Ev, this was pretty special to me. I love the sound of an orchestra at the best of times, but when it's playing music that's so heavily influenced Ev, it's even better! The second set the band came on and played through the live version of Synthesis (a few tracks swapped around with Hi-Lo later in the set). Amy then played Speak to Me and Good Enough (and I think some others although it was all a blur by this point). You've probably heard by now that it was pretty much a wall of emotion at the end. Amy broke down at the beginning of Speak to Me when she was trying to talk to us and then went on to play the most incredible performance of anything I've ever heard in my life. The orchestra absolutely nailed it. Whereas in the studio version I found the piano to be too low in the mix, it shone through here and the string players were brilliant and just gave it the subtlety and love it always needed, when the piano and Amy's voice needed to be heard, you heard them, and when it all needed to drown in a wall of sound, they stepped up to the mark. I don't know if there was anybody in that room who had a dry eye by the end of it and I was struggling to string sentences together for a while afterwards.
I don't want to go into too much detail because it's private and I'd written it with Amy solely in mind, but the letter I wrote for her was my way of saying we're all here for her if she needs us (especially now). As we all know, she's been through a lot, as many of us have and I wanted to say that, as friends, we're here for her through everything she has and will go through, that she's not alone and never will be. That's the gist of it. I can't be certain, but Amy's choice of words and her reaction suggests to me that she'd read it during the orchestra set and taken in every word. This was a massive oversight on my part as I'd assumed she'd read it after the concert was over, but I think they were in a hurry to get up to Manchester. I still feel a little bad as I feel somewhat responsible for bringing her to tears, but what she said afterwards were her own words entirely and I think hit home with all of us: "love overcomes death". That Jack was there to experience it with us only helped to make it even more special.
On friday I had a front row seats to see Evanescence playing with orchestra with one of my best friends. She is not as hardcore as me but still a big fan, and I brought her with me as a birthday present to her. I saw marycourage sitting not far away and went to say hello and asked how her VIP session was. Unfortunately I didn't see aryastark434 , I had a look around but wasn't fully sure what you look like! We were on the left in front of the string section, and I loved watching them play. I was also staring at the back of Amy's head while she was at the piano just a few metres away. The show was truly magical, watching the conductor Susie was like seeing a dancing fairy, she was so beautiful. I loved the harp as well. At the end as they were waving goodbye and leaving the stage, Amy looked straight at me, waving and smiling like she recognised me! The whole show felt like a dream so I was happy that I was going again the next day.
Yesterday I went alone for the second night, but met up with Rarkphoenix , EvanescentEvil and a few others to make up 6 of us all going to the VIP session. As I arrived at the venue I saw Jen on the phone and smoking just outside the artists entrance. I waited for her to finish on the phone and went to speak to her. I told her how much I enjoyed the first night and I was here for the VIP session. I asked how did she find it last night, she said she enjoyed working with this local orchestra. I asked about who the orchestra is but she didn't know, just that Susie recommended them after previously working with them. I asked if it's ok to have a photo with her and she said yes.
Went up into the venue and after 5-10 mins all the other VIPs arrived. After getting our merch package we still had to wait around for 1-2 hours. So we were chatting and getting more and more nervous. Everyone there was so friendly, normally making friends is hard, but here it was so easy! The soundcheck was beautiful (Swimming Home and Lithium) and then we got to drink some champagne/lemonade with Ev and get our photos! They came in the room and asked how we're doing, was anyone there last night, then we got in a queue for photos. We stayed near the back because we knew we would get only a small amount of time each. Somehow I managed to control my nerves reasonably well but it was a struggle after waiting around for so long. Beth was collecting the presents as usual, I gave her a package from BlackenTheDay which had arrived at my house 2 hours before I left to get to the venue. I wrote another short letter of my own to Amy and brought an Alchemy Gothic necklace each for Amy (Crystal Heart) and Jen (Unicorn). So finally it was my turn, I shook hands with the guys, I think they recognised me and I said I'd been at the gig last year. Jen said 'hello again!' and Amy said that she loved my dress, and noticed my Ev necklace that I was wearing. I handed the necklaces to them, Jen said seemed happy because it was a Unicorn, and Amy also seemed happy with hers. I told them how much I loved last night and I'm so excited for tonight, plus I'm coming back next week! I hugged both Jen and Amy and had my photo taken. My face was literally shaking at this point, I didn't realise that was possible! xD After this some of us went to get food outside and I spotted Jen again so the others wanted to chat to her as rark said. The concert itself was even better than the first night, my seat was better, a few rows up but right in the middle, with the perfect view of Amy at the microphone. Also me and evanescentevil ended up sitting next to each other, I couldn't believe it! As she said we were almost the only ones headbanging at all through the show. I really loved the orchestra set, it was beautiful with perfect track choices. The entire setlist was the same on both nights, but just perfect. As I predicted Lacrymosa and Your Star were my favourite from Synthesis. It really all blended into one though. The orchestra backing up Imaginary was perfect, the harp in MHIB was perfect, Hi-Lo and Imperfection were really amazing. The performance of MI was when Amy started to cry, and it was the best out of all my times seeing the song played. No one in the audience was singing along like usual so I could fully enjoy the beautiful sound, I loved it. Amy was talking to the audience both nights thanking all of us and saying how we're one family who loves each other. Speak To Me was absolutely beautiful. The entire time I felt like I was the only person in the audience, it was like a dream and the music was magic come into the real world.
We could see Jack at the side door watching from halfway through the show, being restrained by Beth and Josh, and near the end Amy brought him on stage to wave at everyone.
I didn't cry at all but I was so happy the entire time and I'm still really happy. My photos came out really nicely this time too! It was the perfect weekend and I'm looking forward to the final London show next week.
Post by princeofpersia on Apr 2, 2018 12:09:48 GMT -6
God these are so beautiful!!! I already read both your stories 2 times! The second performance sounds even more emotional than the other nights. You guys must have experienced a truly wonderful and extra ordinary atmosphere there! I really love Jen's personality and how she behaves the fans. Sometimes it's really like she's one of us that also goes on stage. she's so down to earth, warm and intimate with the fans. And I'm so happy you could finally deliver BlackenTheDay 's package, AlessEv !
We are not affiliated, associated, authorized, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with Evanescence, the members of Evanescence, including Amy Lee, Wind-Up Records, and Concord Bicycle Music.