Evanescence graced the State Theatre in Minneapolis on Tuesday night for one spectacular show. It has been roughly 11 years since Evanescence has been back to Minnesota, so you can imagine my excitement when they announced that they would be bringing their Synthesis Live Tour back to my hometown.
I remember being in junior high when Evanescence released their debut album in 2003. It was a wonderful collection of haunting music that stayed with me throughout the years, and that made Evanescence one of the bands that I needed to see live. I never got the opportunity to see them live until Tuesday night.
Evanescence decided that they wanted to do something a little different, so a live orchestra accompanied their tour. Let me just say that it was a wonderful idea. The symphony meshed perfectly with vocalist Amy Lee’s voice, and played wonderfully inside the State Theatre’s acoustics. The State Theatre was probably the most perfect choice for a venue for this concert.
The live orchestra opened the night before Evanescence joined on the stage. They played symphonies such as “Moonlight Sonata” and “Sally’s Song” from the Nightmare Before Christmas. Amy Lee did not join the orchestra for that song, even though she did provide the vocals for it on the Nightmare Revisited album. Once Evanescence joined the orchestra on stage, the night was filled with old hits such as “Bring Me to Life” and “My Immortal” that jumped the band to popularity thanks to the 2003 movie Daredevil. They also played newer songs from their most recent release titled Synthesis that correlated very well with the live orchestra.
Tuesday night was surely a memorable night for me, and I can now cross off seeing Evanescence on my concert bucket list. Hopefully next time Evanescence will return to Minnesota a lot sooner than 11 years.