Amy Lee on Metal Hammer: “I need to step away and not feel like a ‘rockstar’ any more”

Photo by P. R. Brown

Photo by P. R. Brown

When Evanescence unleashed Fallen in 2003, they inspired a generation. But for Amy Lee, it was the start of a decade-long struggle to control her own destiny

Amy Lee is in a playful mood. Despite talking to press all day, the Evanescence singer and gothic rock superstar is warm and chatty, anticipating our next question with a, “C’mon, what you got, whatcha got?” and giggling. “You’re my last in a looong block of interviews,” she tells us in her throaty, sing-song voice before we begin – but to her credit, it’s clear that when it comes to talking about Evanescence, she’s so fiercely proud of her band that she relishes the chance to set a few things straight.

Over 22 years, Evanescence have continued to defy expectation. From their humble, teenage beginnings in the 90s to the overwhelming breakthrough of Bring Me To Life, the song that became ubiquitous on every music channel for its iconic depiction of Amy Lee as a kind of gothic Rapunzel, to their new record Synthesis, an orchestral retrospective of their career, there’s a lot of ground to cover. Yes, with just three studio albums in 20 years, they’ve appeared to have some long breaks, but Amy is adamant that it’s all part of a process that’s allowed the band to continue.
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Amy Lee in Forbes interview: ‘I think this is just a really cool moment in time’

Evanescence at Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Photo by Brian Hineline

Evanescence at Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Photo by Brian Hineline

It’s the day after Halloween and Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee is in between shows during possibly the band’s most ambitious tour to date. Out in support of their new Synthesis album, a collection that finds the group reworking signature songs like “Bring Me To Life” and “My Immortal” into orchestral versions, the band is playing on a nightly basis during the limited tour with orchestras.

Lee has also her three-year-old son Jack and husband Josh Hartzler on tour with her. It’s a lot to balance, as she says, “I feel like I’m the busiest I’ve ever been.” But it’s also clear talking to her it’s one of the most gratifying times in her life.

The ease and calmness in her voice as she talks about perspective and the joy she found at being on stage but still having Josh being able to take Jack trick or treating in the arena is very clear. It’s a prosperous and creative time for Lee and Evanescence.

Even she is not sure where this orchestral period will lead for the band. But as she also tells me, “I’m absolutely positive I’m gonna remember these performances and this very special experience for the rest of my life.”

Steve Baltin: How was your Halloween?

Amy Lee: I didn’t dress up, I was on stage. I was working, but I love my job so it was good. Jack, my son, is three and he and my husband Josh are actually out on the tour with me, so they dressed up. And we did go around to band and crew right before the show and all put candy in all their pockets and asked them for candy, which was very cute, funny and different. But he had a blast. Halloween was always my favorite holiday in a lot of ways, so I felt happy again cause I wasn’t expecting to be able to celebrate at all. But it kind of all came together. Thank god for three A.M. Walmart runs to find last-minute costumes.

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Evanescence News: Episode 1 – “Synthesis Album” (CC Spanish)

Evanescence News Premiere
In this first episode we talk about Evanescence new album Synthesis reviewing the idea behind this, the tracklist, the singles have been released and the live experience of the album.

Stay tuned for info, pics and more in each featured website and don’t forget to subscribe!

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¡Synthesis version of “Lacrymosa” is released!

Lacrymosa

As described by Alternative Press, an emotional and new version of Lacrymosa was released yesterday as the third promotional song from Synthesis.

“Instead of distorted guitars and rock drums, the tracks gained full orchestration and electronic beats. This experimentation is clear on the emotional version of “Lacrymosa” the band is sharing.”

“The song is off 2006’s The Open Door, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard and features singles “Call Me When You’re Sober” and “Lithium” as well.”

Hear the new song from YouTube below:

Listen (on Spotify or Apple Music) or pre-order (on iTunes) the new album here http://smarturl.it/Lacrymosa!

Source: Alternative Press

NEWS.COM.AU: Evanescence have removed the “compromise” rap from biggest hit

Amy Lee of US band Evanescence is touring Australia — with a full orchestra — next year. Picture: Sony Source: Supplied

Amy Lee of US band Evanescence is touring Australia — with a full orchestra — next year. Picture: Sony Source: Supplied

Re-recording their biggest hits with an orchestra means Evanescence’s Amy Lee has been able to remove *that* rap from Bring Me to Life

EVANESCENCE’S Amy Lee is rewriting history on the band’s new album.

Their fourth release Synthesis is the opposite of an unplugged effort — rather Lee has re-recorded the band’s old material an even more dramatic and bombastic manner, with a full orchestra and heavy electronics.

That includes their breakthrough 2003 hit Bring Me To Life. And there’s something missing from the version you know — that rap, by guest vocalist Paul McCoy.

“God bless the rap, it’s part of what got us on the radio I guess,” Lee says. “At least according to all the rules of radio that I don’t agree with or understand. The rap wasn’t part of our original idea or sound, it was a compromise in many ways. So to be able to go back to the original vision for the song was great.”

Here’s Evanescence looking moody, with singer Amy Lee far left. Picture: Sony Music Source: Supplied

Here’s Evanescence looking moody, with singer Amy Lee far left. Picture: Sony Music Source: Supplied

It’s not uncommon for an artist to go back and record their songs — Lee embraced being to able to revisit the band’s signature hit after performing it live at every concert they’ve played since it was release.

“The recording of a song that ends being the one you hear the most through history is usually when the song was just freshly written. You’re still learning it yourself and getting used to what the notes are and how the parts go. That’s true for Bring Me to Life for sure. After doing it live for so long there’s different vocal choices I’ve made and different things we got to use in this version.”

And no rap.

“I forget the rap’s there now to be honest,” Lee says. “At the time it was a big issue, it was our first single. I wanted people to understand who we were. That’s a struggle you always fight as an artist. If we only had the one hit, if no one ever heard from us again then nobody would understand who we were. We’ve made it past that point so the rap doesn’t make me angry any more. I’m so glad to put a new version out there without the rap though.”

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Pre-order Evanescence’s new album Synthesis now!

SynthesisPre-order the Evanescence’s new album, Synthesis, which will be available everywhere on November 10th!

When you pre-order the new album, you get an instant download of “Imperfection” and “Bring Me To Life (Synthesis)”!

Pre-order your physical SYNTHESIS album here via Kings Road Merch http://hyperurl.co/v0zl2c and your digital here via iTunes, Google Play and Amazon Music https://lnk.to/synthesisFC now!

Amy Lee sobre el nuevo album de Evanescence: “Estamos haciendo algo que importe y cree conciencia”

Amy Lee sobre el nuevo album de Evanescence: “Estamos haciendo algo que importe y cree conciencia”

Evanescence

Aunque varias han sido las entrevistas que ha dado Amy Lee en los últimos días mucho no ha dicho sobre el nuevo álbum de Evanescence, y es claro porque, quiere generar expectativa y de paso darle emoción al tour por Sudamérica que puede traer sorpresas.

En esta nueva entrevista con el medio peruano RPP Noticias habla un poco del nuevo trabajo de la banda y como se siente con la situación de inundaciones en Perú.

¿Cómo se sienten de volver a Lima después de 5 años?

Amy Lee: Bueno, ahora mismo estoy pensando en todas las cosas que están pasando en Perú, estoy pensando en ustedes todo el tiempo, viendo las noticias sobre las inundaciones y esperando que todos estén bien. Yo sé que son unas personas muy apasionadas, una cultura de coraje, pero además personas muy amables. Cuando hemos estado allá nos han llenado de regalos y de cosas que representan el país, de arte, de cosas que jamás nos han regalado antes y estamos muy agradecidos por su cariño

El público peruano le tiene un gran cariño a la banda, hay mucha expectativa por su regreso en un festival tan grande, ¿qué esperan ustedes de su show?

Estoy entusiasmada de brindar a los fans peruanos un show con la conformación actual de la banda, porque siento que estamos haciendo sonidos más fuertes. Quiero que nos divirtamos juntos, que disfrutemos del show. Estoy realmente emocionada de llevarles el show, nuevamente.

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Amy Lee conversa con NY Daily News: “Estamos trabajando en algo un poco mas elaborado”

Amy Lee conversa con NY Daily News: “Estamos trabajando en algo un poco mas elaborado”

Amy Lee

Amy Lee continua promocionando su nuevo single “Speak To Me” y nuevamente habló acerca del futuro de Evanescence con el periódico New York Daily News.

Traducción:

Y ella no se detiene allí. El mes pasado, ella revelo que Evanescence estaba intentando volver por tercera vez lanzando el single “Even in Death” y ella también compartió en Febrero otro single como solista “Love Exists”.

“Hemos estado tocando de nuevo desde 2015 y tenemos una increíble nueva guitarrista Jen en la banda y esta es la primera vez que tenemos otra mujer en la banda…” ella dijo.

“Estamos en nuevo lugar positivo donde sentimos que cualquier cosa es posible y esa es la verdadera razón de hacer nueva música.”

En cuanto a lo que está en la tienda de Evanescence desde su último regreso en 2011 — Lee dice que sólo tendrás que esperar.

“Estamos trabajado en algo nuevo que planeamos lanzar este año… pero no es solo un nuevo álbum tradicional es algo un poco más elaborado,” ella dijo.

“Si te puedes imaginar que es más elaborado.”

Traducción por EvTod

Nuevo album de Evanescence saldria en Otoño

Nuevo album de Evanescence saldria en Otoño

Amy Lee

En una reciente entrevista con Rolling Stones donde Amy Lee habló acerca de “Speak To Me”, su más reciente single que es parte de la banda sonora de Voice From The Stone, se indica al final de la nota que Lee esta de vuelta en el estudio con Evanescence y que el nuevo álbum saldría en Otoño (Septiembre ~ Noviembre)!.

In addition to “Speak to Me” and her recent solo work, Lee is back in the studio with Evanescence working on the band’s new LP, due out this fall.

Traducción:

Además de “Speak to Me” y su reciente trabajo en solitario, Lee está de vuelta en el estudio con Evanescence trabajando en el nuevo LP de la banda, que saldrá este otoño.

Recordemos que anteriormente el sitio Blabbermouth.net (14 de Febrero) indicó que los publicistas de Amy Lee les dijeron que la banda estaba de vuelta en el estudio trabajando en nueva música y que estaba prevista para fin de año.

According to Amy Lee’s publicists at Mercenary Publicity, the EVANESCENCE singer and her bandmates are currently in the studio working on new music, expected later this year.

Traducción:

Según los publicistas de Amy Lee de Mercenary Publicity, la cantante de EVANESCENCE y sus compañeros de banda están actualmente en el estudio trabajando en música nueva, prevista para finales de este año.