Evanescence: Going Far
By
Sam Gordon
8/31/2004 4:52:33 PM

What the heck is ‘evanescence,’ anyway? Spiritual residue? Ghostly light? Given it was Friday the 13th when Evanescence played St. Louis’ UMB Bank Pavilion, one might have worried about what kind of spirits were around. And there were plenty: An admittedly drunken Amy Lee started her set saying her voice might be off—but no one would have noticed because the crowd was equally intoxicated.

Their second to last date of the tour for their debut album, Fallen, they brought along Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, and Seether. Breaking Benjamin took the stage first with a short but solid performance of four or five songs. Too bad half of the fans had not yet gotten inside the amphitheater. Next up after what seemed like a five-minute intermission was Three Days Grace. After their hit single, "Just Like You" and a few other songs, they left the stage and most fans seemed pretty nonplussed about the whole set. Seether was up next with a surprising number of rabid fans, proven by everyone in the Pavilion standing and singing along.

By the time they were finished, Evanescence singer Amy Lee was introduced to sing the amazingly popular hit "Broken". She walked onto the stage and the crowd erupted. No slagging Seether, but Evanescence stole their thunder. When the song was over and Seether left the stage, most scrambled for a spot on the sold-out lawn, or to find their seats. Evanescence played most every song on their album, including the Billboard topping "My Immortal", and such other hits as "Bring Me to Life" and "Going Nowhere."

After almost the entire CD had been played, Evanescence thanked the crowd and walked off the stage. The crowd begged for an encore, and what an encore they got: First off, a cover of "Zero" by the Smashing Pumpkins that went unrecognized by most but enjoyed by all. For the closing song, Evanescence finished with the last song on their album, and my personal favorite, "Whisper". And everyone attending that show will be whispering ‘Evanescence’ for a long time coming.

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