Story and Photos by Tom Collins
An evening of elegance, beauty, acrobatic dance and ROCK?!?! Yes, that's exactly what the pairing of Evanescence with Amy Lee and violinist extraordinaire, Lindsey Stirling brought to the audience at the BB&T in Camden, NJ. Rock Titan had the great pleasure of interviewing the duo prior to their tour (see below). They gave us hints at what fans could expect but having now seen the show, it well exceeded all expectations! I personally had last seen Amy Lee sing with Evanescence at the same venue, many, many years ago. The venue name had actually changed several times since that show. However, I did remember how absolutely incredible Amy Lee's voice was! I honestly didn't know what to expect with this tour and if her voice would be as I remembered. There was also a new element to this Evanescence show that had me quite curious. On stage with the band was a full orchestra with conductor! Having only seen the band in full ROCK mode, I wasn't sure how this was going to translate with an orchestra. Amy Lee with her long jet black hair and here trademark crystal blue eyes, took to center stage and to her piano with the orchestra split to her left and right. Within the first few songs, it was clear that her voice was just as powerful as ever! The orchestral renditions of the songs were dynamic, beautiful and often haunting. Everything about it worked and worked well.