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EVANESCENCE’s New Lineup Performs Live For First Time (Video)

EVANESCENCE kicked off its spring/summer time European tour final evening (Sunday, June 5) in Athens, Greece. The live performance marked the band’s first reside look with EVANESCENCE‘s new lineup, that includes Emma Anzai of SICK PUPPIES on bass and EVANESCENCE‘s longtime bassist Tim McCord on guitar.

EVANESCENCE‘s newest lineup adjustments, together with the departure of guitarist Jen Majura, had been introduced final month.

In a press release welcoming Anzai to the band, EVANESCENCE wrote: “We have been mates and followers for years, and the time has lastly come to hitch forces. Emma might be pulling double obligation as now we have some exhibits with SICK PUPPIES arising quickly, so prepare for that!”

Relating to McCord‘s swap to the bass guitar, EVANESCENCE stated: “After 16 years within the band as our rock stable bass participant, Tim is taking a activate his authentic instrument. Spoiler alert- he is nice at it.”

Within the feedback part beneath EVANESCENCE‘s Instagram put up, singer Amy Lee added: “Making optimistic change in your life (and band) might be actually laborious. Some decisions we make, some are made for us. However who we’re ultimately is how we deal with no matter comes our approach.

“At this time is an enormous day in my band. Taking one other step ahead with my brothers who’ve been beside me for 15+ years, and welcoming in a stupendous buddy we’re so excited to share the stage with…. I am comfortable.

“You by no means know whats across the nook, however when one thing is correct you recognize it is proper. And this feels so proper. Welcome Emma! Love all you guys.”

Jen‘s exit from EVANESCENCE was introduced by way of social media on Might 21.

“It has been a really particular chapter within the band with our expensive buddy Jen Majura, however now we have determined it is time to go our separate methods,” EVANESCENCE stated in a press release. “We are going to at all times love her and assist her, and might’t wait to see what she does subsequent! We’re so grateful for the great occasions and nice music we made all all over the world collectively.”

A couple of hours later, Jen took to her social media to make clear: “I really feel the necessity to handle that none of this was my resolution! I’ve no laborious emotions in opposition to anyone and I want EVANESCENCE all the perfect. I’m allowed to hold lovely recollections of those previous years, I’m grateful.”

The 38-year-old musician, a self-described “half-Asian dwelling in Germany,” joined EVANESCENCE in August 2015 because the alternative for Terry Balsamo.

Shortly after she landed the gig, Majura spoke to EMP Rock Invasion about how she got here to attach with EVANESCENCE. She stated: “My title was in some way beneficial by a candy buddy of mine, Alex Skolnick of TESTAMENT, and Dave Eggar — he is also called an excellent cellist, and he is a musician working in New York. And abruptly, there was this e-mail popping up: ‘Are you curious about becoming a member of…?’ And I used to be, like, ‘What the fuck?’ So I finished respiratory till my face turned type of blue. After which afterwards, I used to be, like, ‘Okay, I’ve gotta learn it once more.’ Three days later, I discovered myself out of the blue on an airplane, flying over to New York to fulfill Amy Lee. And we had some very, very cool talks. She’s an superior individual. She’s a really, very nice musician. And so I discovered myself out of the blue inside his empire known as EVANESCENCE.”

Relating to the truth that she did not even need to “audition” for EVANESCENCE, Jen stated: “Yeah. To be sincere, I used to be type of involved. I instructed [Amy], ‘Would you like me to convey my guitar?’ And, ‘Would you want me to audition?’ And she or he was completely, like: ‘Nah, I do know you’ll be able to play. I’ve seen loads of movies of you. And I do know your reside expertise and also you’re touring the world, so… No, simply come over and let’s have some meals and discuss.’ Yeah, and that is it. So, really, what I used to be stunned by very, very a lot was that she really had one other guitar participant on her listing, and that was the guitar participant of Alice Cooper [Nita Strauss]. And she or he’s now with Alice Cooper and I am now with EVANESCENCE. That is, like… I nonetheless cannot imagine it.”

In 2019, Lee stated she was comfortable to have Majura within the band. “She has added quite a bit to our reside exhibits as a result of she’s a singer,” Amy defined. “It has been a very superior factor to have reside background vocals for the primary time. I’m such a fan of layered vocals, and to have that higher represented at our present has been a cool breakthrough for me. And likewise, she’s simply rad power. She’s acquired an amazing angle, enjoyable character, very partaking, killer onstage, so she has been a enjoyable addition to our household. And naturally, it is superior having one other lady within the band for the primary time.”

Majura has launched two solo albums so far, 2014’s “Jen Majura” and 2017’s “InZENity”.

Final 12 months, EVANESCENCE launched “The Bitter Fact”, its first album in 10 years.

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