Review: Evanescence, Capital FM Arena, by Laura Bennett
THEY have been around for almost 20 years and suffered a few bumps in the road during that time but Evanescence certainly know how to command an arena crowd.
The band from Little Rock, Arkansas, who broke through a decade ago with their major label debut, Fallen, didn't just focus on last year's self-titled third album during the set at the Capital FM Arena on Monday night.
Lead singer Amy Lee dominated the stage throughout, from the opening bars of their new single What You Want, to set closer My Immortal.
What is great about Evanescence is that it doesn't matter if you know the lyrics or not, as they perform such a wide range of songs that new and old fans can head bang and scream along to.
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Fallen sold 17 million copies and won the band two Grammy Awards, also producing Bring Me To Light, the song used on the Daredevil soundtrack that made them a household name in the UK. Their second studio album, The Open Door, which topped the US chart, contained more of their trademark heavy and soft rock, belted out by a stunning lead vocalist.
These older songs sounded as fresh as the latest ones and after rocking the crowd for 90 minutes, they encored with Disappear, My Heart Is Broken and a personal favourite, My Immortal. That echoed round the arena, with everyone joining in right up until the amazing confetti cannon finish.
Pleasing an arena crowd is never easy and I'm often sceptical of such big shows having experienced a few with uneven and distorted sound in the past. But Evanescence proved that a the sense of intimacy is still achievable, even on such a grand scale.
And Amy Lee, I loved your skirt.