"As Amy stands between guitarists Troy and Tim at the front of stage, Will blasts the drums on a raised platform behind, and my next thought is that this also cannot be the same band I remember metal fans calling “The Amy Lee show”. Troy, Tim and Will are integral to these tracks giving off a deep hard rock vibe, and newcomer Emma’s bass work and backing vocals seem to tie everything together, to the point where I can’t imagine hearing these live tracks without her. But of course, I can’t review an Evanescence show without talking about Amy. Her vocals are truly phenomenal. There is not a single missed note and quite frankly, she sounds angelic."
"The beauty of this set is in its dichotomy however, the heavy numbers being off-set by grandiose piano ballads that inject a sense of vulnerability and intimacy into the arena setting that makes the show feel especially powerful. Lee is captivating the entire time; whether on her knees headbanging or belting out a ballad at the grand piano, she brings a gravitas that puts her firmly in the spotlight. "If there's one thing I've learned in this difficult time, it's to appreciate the moment we're in," Lee offers to a screaming crowd."
"Having said that, we were treated to one of the earliest of Evanescence in it’s full and beautiful glory quite early on in their set – Going Under had the crowd singing at the top of their lungs and I wondered if there were any, like me, there in my mid-thirties, instantly was taken back to when this song was part of my (somewhat) growth at Secondary school, I remember taking Fallen to school every week and playing it on my Walkman until the CD wouldn’t play in it anymore so Mr McSharry let us play it in Art class."
"Of course, there was only one way for them to end their set – first with the emotional “My Immortal”, which was especially tear-jerking live, and the absolutely iconic “Bring Me to Life”. Paul McCoy’s vocals were completely omitted for the latter, but that didn’t matter because it had the entire arena singing along at the top of their lungs with rapturous energy. The perfect way to close off their astonishing performance. Having waited years to see this band live, they did not disappoint, blowing every expectation I had out of the water."
"To see Amy Lee striding around the stage and in full flow is impressive, vocals strong with a band at the top of their game, the crowd were in awe. Featuring 6 tunes from ‘Bitter Truth’, but it was of course the classics that the crowd that had the biggest reaction, as you would expect, like ‘My Immortal’, ‘Going Under’, ‘Call Me When Your Sober’ and the sublime ‘Bring Me To Life’, wow! Amy Lee shows that she’s not just a big voice, when sitting at the piano singing, the single ‘Better Without You’, proving just how good a singer she really is, and what a phenomenal light show behind as she did it."
"From the opening number to the final two songs, “My Immortal” and “Bring Me To Life”, the power, the energy and the supreme talent never dipped. Not for one second. The band did have subs on the bench tonight though; circa 15,000 people singing almost every word to every song in unison. At the London show at the 02 arena, Amy sits in on piano for a song with Veridia, but not tonight. Amy did play piano in her own band’s set though for some lovely light and shade amid the rockier stuff. On one track “Your Star”, with Amy at the piano, the place was lit up by thousands of mobile phones in the crowd. And on Evanescence’s song “Use My Voice”, four songs from the end of their set, Amy usually calls Within Temptation’s Sharon den Adel out for a duet, but not tonight. In London, Sharon told the crowd she had a heavy cold, so one assumes that is why she swerved the duet tonight. But you’d never know Sharon was suffering in her band’s set, as her vocals were bang on."
Finally got some time to post my quick thoughts on the Birmingham show I went to on Tuesday. Firstly this is the best they’ve ever sounded live. I’ve seen them 8 times now and although they have always been amazing there’s something effortlessly about the way the play. A few cracked notes from Amy but after all the touring this year and the belting she does most nights it’s only human to not hit a few notes. Just a few negatives …there was an issue with the speaker my side which kept making a sparking sound and cutting the music out for half a second which got really annoying. Luckily it got fixed early on in the set. Also I dunno what it is about Evanescence crowds in the UK but they are sooooo boring. Hardly anyone moves and it’s kind of embarrassing. I was jumping and singing , waving my hands in the air….a lot of people just standing with phones in the air. So apart from a few bummers the show was incredible. I walked away feeling proud to be a fan since the very beginning. We’ve all seen this tour on YouTube and I need to say the feel of it live is completely different. Here’s some quick thoughts about the show.
- Verdia were fantastic (Amy on piano was obviously great)
- so happy they played Lacrymosa again which is my favourite song
- Take Cover is killer live
- Lights and Video were fantastic.
- Well thought out production. ( I know I said before about Ev’s stage not being as crazy as WT but tbh after being there it didn’t need to be crazy. It was contrast to they’re crazy show.
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