Has it really been 10 years? On March 4, 2003, a little known band from Arkansas named Evanescence turned the music world on its ear with their powerful debut album, 'Fallen.' Led by the amazing vocal range and power of frontwoman Amy Lee and the songwriting of Lee and guitarist Ben Moody, the band hit on something that struck exactly the right chord with music fans.
If there was ever an artist that should be chosen to soundtrack a romance novel, it would be Evanescence's Amy Lee. The range and emotion she brings to music does tend to pull at the heartstrings, and when you've got the lyrical content in a song like 'Bring Me to Life,' that's just the icing on the cake.
They're frequently portrayed in the press as a sort of electronic hive mind for mischief-makers, but the Internet hacking group known as Anonymous actually operates behind a social agenda -- one component of which is the online pursuit of child pornographers. It's the type of mission you'd think most people would easily agree on, but in one of the oddest news stories of the year, Anonymous is accusing Evanescence leader Amy Lee of shielding offenders in a "sick cover-up."
Evanescence will wrap up their headlining run on the 2012 Carnival of Madness tour tonight (Sept. 2) in Buffalo, N.Y. In an interview conducted at the Atlantic City, N.J. stop earlier in the run, Amy Lee and the band talk about the influence of relationships on their writing, working together as a cohesive unit, stage clothes and even pigtails.
Evanescence rose to mainstream success early in their career, but with their release of their latest self-titled disc, founding member Amy Lee considers her band more of an underground success. As the band kicks off the Carnival of Madness tour, Lee sat down with Fuse to talk about touring with Halestorm, her writing process and why she thinks Evanescence never fit in.