EVANESCENCE - 'SYNTHESIS’
“The majesty of Ms. Lee accompanied by Mr. Campbell’s arrangements was undeniable.”
--Jim Fusilli, WALL STREET JOURNAL (11/8/2017)
"Evanescence lead singer Amy Lee made the leap from goth-rocker to opera diva last night, and she and the band led a 28-piece orchestra through a sold-out performance at the Greek Theatre. Both the concert and the album, offer a re-imagining of the group's catalog with a full symphony orchestra, arranged by none other than Beck's father, veteran arranger David Campbell, whose collaboration with the band goes back to the group's first album. The concert was the second of Evanescence's current 'Synthesis Live' tour, as they team up with a different symphony orchestra-under the direction of conductor Susie Seiter-in each city for an 80-minute, 18-song set....Lee firmly re-establishes herself as one of rock's pre-eminent vocalists, exhibiting an impressive range that still packs a wallop, this time cutting through a full orchestra. ...she and the ensemble turn the familiar material--including crowd favorites like the GRAMMY-winning 'Bring Me To Life,' 'My Immortal,' 'Lithium' and 'Your Star'--into full-throttle, wide-screen epics, its themes of loss, guilt and self-doubt enlarged to tragedy on the Greek proscenium. The arrangements substitute strings, woodwinds, brass, synths and drum machines for electric guitars and bass, while maintaining drummer Will Hunt's booming beats (augmented on-stage by album co-producer William B. Hunt)...a synthesis of rock, classical and EDM."
--Roy Trakin, VARIETY (10/17/17)
"Lee's big, full majestic voice easily filled the room, backed elegantly by an orchestra and her seated bandmates for a special evening titled Evanescence: Synthesis Live...Wearing a sleeveless, dark green gown and a thick bracelet, Lee came across as friendly and humble, explaining that singing with an orchestra had been a longtime dream. She achieved it with gusto Monday, sounding more New Age than alt-rock as she flawlessly belted out Evanescence songs like 'Lost in Paradise,' encore standout 'Good Enough' and the symphonic-electronic new one 'Imperfection.'"
--Scott Tady, BEAVER COUNTY TIMES (10/31/17)
"...a delight - while Ms. Lee and her bandmates shared the stage with a 28-piece ensemble, her voice emerged as the most noteworthy instrument. It was enough to make you wonder whether she was a rock star or an opera star."
--Courtney Linder, PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE (10/31/17)
"Few people in rock music have the pipes of Evanescence's Amy Lee. Her soulful tone and distinguished sound are as identifiable as they are unique. Belting out tunes like 'Never Go Back' and 'Lacrymosa' it was clear she was not only there to sing-she came to rock."
--Richie Downs, THE VINYL DISTRICT (11/6/17)
"...one of the most beautiful shows...The band and orchestra brought drama and passion to the performance, with front woman Amy Lee's haunting vocals leading the way as they performed songs such as 'Bring Me to Life,' 'My Immortal' and 'My Heart is Broken,' as well as new songs like 'Imperfection.'"
--Denise Truscello, LAS VEGAS INFORMER MAGAZINE (10/15/15)
- "Never Go Back" (from Evanescence)
- "My Heart Is Broken" (from Evanescence)
- "Lacrymosa" (from The Open Door)
- "The End of the Dream" (from Evanescence)
- "Bring Me to Life" (from Fallen)
- "Unraveling" (interlude)
- "Imaginary" (from Fallen)
- "Secret Door" (from Evanescence)
- "Lithium" (from The Open Door)
- "Lost in Paradise" (from Evanescence)
- "Your Star" (from The Open Door)
- "My Immortal" (from Fallen)
- "The In-Between" (piano solo)