"Amy Lee and friends were not about to be the weak link in this trilogy as they burst into Broken Pieces Shine and the third piece of the trichotomy slid into place. Amy Lee pranced, slid, and leapt about the stage like a woman possessed as she commanded the attention of, and admiration from, the crowd. The stage set was simple but effective in complimenting the band; the sound was absolutely stunning, this was a masterpiece of a show. The big hits got the usual and expected acclaim from the crowd but every note or chord was worthy of the applause it received."
"As fans grabbed their last drinks before the main event, the stage was quickly stripped down to a much more understated set up - a band as legendary as Evanescence could perform in a barren desert and still pull an impressive crowd. The audience erupted as Amy Lee and her bandmates came on stage, opening with Broken Pieces Shine from their latest album. After a couple of newer tracks, they launched into 2003 classic Going Under - a definite highlight and fan favourite. Speaking to the crowd, Amy said: 'Wow, we love you guys. I want to thank you for having us, sticking with us, sharing yourselves with us - we wouldn't be here if it wasn't for you'."
"Postponed a gazillion times because of the C-word, the Evanescence\Within Temptation joint co-headlining 'Worlds Collide' tour is finally underway and blowing UK & European audiences away with two stunning stage productions, and more importantly; providing an emotion-packed evening full of positivity, and songs that many will still be singing long after the last curtain call fades into the night on the last night of the tour in Berlin on December 8th. With this being a co-headlining tour, the acts rotate each night and both get a chance to close over the 18-date tour. Tonight, it's Amy Lee and Evanescence who perform last. Take a few steps away from the side of the arena and get a more central position, and the size of the stage and the incredible pyramid-like lighting rigs become more apparent; this is something special."
I had really mixed feelings about the gig, to be honest. It was so great to see Ev live again, and WT as well - I've not listened to WT in so long, so it was a real regression session listening to their music again. Particularly Mother Earth at the end of the set. Really took me back in time.
I was practically giddy when Ev came on the stage, and I think the band sound really tight (Broken Pieces Shine is such a great song to start the set with), but I feel like I'm the only person that didn't think Amy's voice was up to much. She really struggled with so many of the highest notes, and ended up pronouncing a lot of stuff really weirdly. I really think Made Of Stone needs to be taken out of the set - it's obviously far too high, and I've never actually heard a live version where Amy sings it comfortably, which is such a shame, because its one of my favourites. Don't get me wrong, when she was singing lower, and when she was more chilled, she sounded beautiful. I know it's probably down to the fact that they've been on tour forever, and her voice is tired/strained, but I was still a bit disappointed.
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