And this cracked me up. it's hilarious, the guy obviously didn't do his research at all.One Constant Voice in the Ever-evolving Evanescence
By Patrick MacDonald
Seattle Times Music Critic
Singer Amy Lee co-founded Evanescence as a teenager and has since weathered (and/or affected) plenty of changes in the band's members and its music.
Evanescence is not really a rock band. It's essentially a solo singer, Amy Lee, backed onstage and in the recording studio by an ever-changing lineup of musicians who come and go at her whim.
It's been that way ever since Lee, 25, a self-absorbed singer/songwriter/pianist in the Alanis Morissette mode, started imagining herself as a rock singer in a band called Evanescence (which means "to dissipate like vapor," according to Webster's), and writing songs for it when she was just 14.
When Evanescence, playing Wednesday at WaMu, broke big out of Arkansas in 2003 via its debut album, "Fallen," it identified itself as a Christian rock band. Its initial success was propelled by radio play on Christian rock stations, big sales in Christian stores and fawning profiles in Christian rock magazines.
But when "Fallen" yielded two big hits, "Bring Me to Life" and "My Immortal," taking Evanescence into the pop mainstream, Lee reneged on the Christian angle and fired guitarist Ben Moody, a self-identified Christian, who had founded the band with her when both were teenagers.
With the firing of Moody, Evanescence became a Christian-music outcast, with most Christian rock stations banning the band from its playlists, and Christian stores and media following suit.
You can't blame them, because they could hardly play some of Lee's later, more mature material, like Evanescence's most recent radio hit, "Call Me When You're Sober," a blistering attack on ex-boyfriend Shaun Morgan of the band Seether. The song is from Evanescence's long-awaited second album, "The Open Door," which is mostly about her soured relationship with Morgan (he has answered back with "Breakdown," a song on Seether's new CD, "Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces").
Typically, the musicians who made "The Open Door" with Lee are not the same ones touring with her. The current lineup on the road: guitarist Troy McLawhorn (replacing John LeCompt), bassist Tim McCord (replacing Will Boyd), drummer Will Hunt (replacing Rocky Gray) and one holdout, guitarist Terry Balsamo.
First it really ticked me off, but now it's just funny. He gives journalism a bad name. And the really funny thing is he gave out his e-mail, and he's gotten loads of nasty e-mails from EvThreads members.
Then there's a positive concert review from last night's show.
Amy Lee is intense.
It's been well publicized that many of the songs written by the Evanescence lead singer deal with personal trials and tribulations in her life. And when it comes time to deliver those songs live in concert, she sings with such emotion and intensity that it's like someone surrounded the stage with pictures of her ex-boyfriends, bandmates and anyone else who was the inspiration for those songs.
Friday night in Orem, Lee pumped her fist, twirled her body and used her powerful voice to belt out 90 minutes of music covering Evanescence's first three albums.
Wearing a purple tank, black skirt and black boots, Lee seemed to stumble a bit out of the starting blocks, mostly because of a weak vocal mix, but firmly owned the crowd by the fourth song, "Going Under."
"We've never come here and not been completely motivated by you guys," she said. "For some reason, you guys go off every time. Maybe it's something in the water."
Lee's voice was CD quality as her melodic tones combined with the dual crunching guitars of Troy McLawhorn and Terry Balsamo on songs like "Call Me When You're Sober," (one of the best and most intense songs of the night) "Whisper," "Haunted" and "Imaginary."
The audience of a couple of thousand fans had their arms shaking in unison for "Bring Me to Life," the band's first breakthrough hit. Although the song is done now with strictly Lee's vocals (the male singing parts of "Wake me up!" "Can't wake up!" have been taken out) it was still one of the highlights of the set.
Lee, who studied classical piano for nine years, also had several chances to show off her playing abilities. A baby grand piano was brought on stage for "Missing," ("By request for a lot of old school Evanescence fans," she said) "Lithium" and the current single "Good Enough," a song Lee played solo without any drum or guitar backing. It's also one of the few "life isn't so bad" songs Lee was inspired to write by the man who would later become her husband.
The piano was brought back on stage for crowd favorite "My Immortal."
"Everyone complained we took it out of the set. So you better sing along because I'm not doing it myself," the good natured Lee chided the crowd before starting the song.
The crowd, a really diverse mix of young and old fans who also seemed to have very different musical tastes outside of their joint liking of Evanescence, responded with a loud sing-along in a glowing sea of cell phones.
The banded ended the main set with "Lacrymosa" followed by "Understanding" and "Your Star" for the encore. Overall a satisfying concert from a woman who doesn't short change anyone by not giving each song 110 percent.
The rocking, You Tube phenom trio "Sick Puppies" started off bland and sounded like countless groups destined to go nowhere. But after playing samples of songs by artists such as Muse, the Puppies showed their bark and launched into some decent songs of their own. By the end, wound-up frontman Shimon Moore had the entire arena pogo-sticking in unison.
Julien-K is the side project of Orgy's Amir Derakh and Ryan Shuck. Their synthesizer, techno-heavy set was a cross between Depeche Mode and, well, Orgy. Despite the one man who appeared to get into an argument with lead singer Shuck at the end, most of the fans seemed to really enjoy their set. Although their sound was vastly different from Evanescence, these guys have the potential to make some noise in the music scene.
I left the Sick Puppies thing in because they're awesome, or at least their one song is.
They're really hard to google though; you get pictures & articles of sick puppies instead.