"Of course, however, it was the songs from ‘Fallen’ that the audience responded to the most. So ‘Immortal’ and ‘Bring Me To Life’, the last two songs of the evening, were frenetically sung along and celebrated. EVANESCENCE have to live with this burden, their almost 20 years old debut album is just too big. But also with the songs of the current album and the other songs Amy Lee and Co knew how to convince. Especially drummer Will Hunt stood out. With his massive drum set in the center on a higher level in the background he was enthroned and well visible and just watching him drumming in front of the impressive visualization at the back of the stage was a lot of fun. The band was in a good mood, the light was great, the sound was great, the thumb clearly goes up."
"She simply dominates everything with her voluminous voice. It doesn't matter whether it's a small room or a large hall, this voice reaches every last corner and simply leaves no one cold. The follow-up song “Your Star” also started on the piano, but the full rock sound of the other band members then set in and swept over the enraptured crowd like a tornado. We also have to highlight the great backing vocals from new bassist Emma Anzai, whose deeper voice harmonises perfectly with Amy Lee. For me, "Your Star" represented the emotional high point of the show and the perfect blend of bombast and quiet feeling. The piano went back to its underground hiding place for the time being. Now it was time to prove once again that Amy Lee is an evolutionary step ahead of the rest of us. Already on the record "Evanescence" with the song "The End Of The Dream" one wondered how it should even start, during the chorus, which consists of many long-lasting tones, almost unable to breathe. But well, you could still blame it on the excellent production back then. But then... when the song was played live for the first time and it was realized that Amy could also sing the chorus live in one go, one could only say: She has simply left the aegis of the lung breathers behind and is now leading a more efficient, anaerobic existence. Oxygen is for beginners. It is generally accepted that sound waves can only propagate in a medium such as air or water. The existence of the ether has been refuted long ago, in the interstellar space there is a vacuum and with it complete rest. But has anyone considered letting Amy Lee fill that void?"
"There were hardly any announcements, but there was excellent sound, combined with a fantastic light show, where the visitors were not only treated to something for their ears, but also for their eyes. The energy from the stage transferred to the fans from the start. Every song was sung along from the first second. A special highlight were of course the songs that Amy played at the piano. The excitement, especially among those who saw EVANESCENCE live for the first time, was huge. The choice of songs together with the fantastically beautiful light show and Amy's voice made the concert a highlight. It's impossible to describe how amazing everything was together. You have to experience that. The question remained: Can it get any better now?"
"While the LED walls at SMASH INTO PIECES were only used to project the band logo, they played a key role during the show by the Americans EVANESCENCE and later also at WITHIN TEMPTATION. In the shadow of a pyramid, Amy Lee and her comrades take the stage and as the band unleashes hit after hit on the fans in the hall, projections keep appearing in the background, providing visual support for the show. Sometimes it's color gradients that set the scene perfectly, sometimes crows fly through the picture behind drummer Will Hunt's podium. Frontlady Amy Lee inspires not only on the keyboard, which is always on stage, but also in the quieter passages on the grand piano, which is often rolled in, and whose sound gives the ballads, the band's biggest hits, additional depth. "Use My Voice" from the current longplayer "The Bitter Truth", for example, provides the request to raise your voice in critical situations and not to let anyone else speak for you."
"Evanescence start as the first main act. That's a good thing, because that's how the quality increases in the course of the show instead of decreasing. Amy Lee and her four musicians have a very decisive advantage: They have the bigger hits . Songs that everyone knows, whether they are part of the scene or not. Because, as so often, the majority of the audience is primarily there for the Classics. How do you recognize that? On the cell phones, which always go off when one of the hits resounds through the speakers. This happens exactly four times. First on "Going Under", later again on "Call Me When You're Sober" and then finally on "My Immortal" and "Bring Me To Life". So no "Everybody's Fool" or "Lithium" - that hurts. The fact that many feel reminded of their youth and now want to keep up with their flashback moment is quite a disadvantage for one person, namely the singer. No doubt the voice of Amy Lee stays among the most recognizable in rock biz. If women are understaffed in the game anyway - oh surprise - theirs is definitely one of the best of the best. The fact that you can recognize them within a few seconds is their blessing and their curse, because high adoration automatically leads to high expectations. These are only rarely fulfilled that evening in Düsseldorf."
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