Saturday night was the perfect night to enjoy Evanescence and Lindsey Stirling co-headline tour outside at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre. This show was the second stop on a 31 date tour. Both acts were backed by a full orchestra.
For people unfamiliar with Lindsey Stirling, she started out with YouTube videos and then made her way to America’s Got Talent in 2014 were she made it to the semi-finals before being voted off and being told by the judges she would not be able to play large venues without having more band members or at least a singer. Stirling is not your typical violinist. She does it all while dancing, jumping around stage, and doing back-bends. At some points she seems to be a ballerina playing a violin. She started things off with ‘The Arena’ off her third studio album ‘Brave Enough’. During the second and third songs ‘Moon Trance’ and ‘Shadows’ Stirling and her dancers did a quick costume change to look like skeletons and had large tombstones on wheels that Stirling would occasionally hide behind to get away from her undead dancers. One tombstone even had Piers Morgan’s name on it (he was the only judge to hit the button on America’s Got Talent). During ‘Shatter Me’ Amy Lee came out and performed with Lindsey. She closed her set with ‘Phantom of the Opera Medley’.
Evanescence’s new album ‘Synthesis’ is reworked versions of the band’s previous material with orchestral arrangements. The stage was split with half the orchestra on each side of the stage with band members guitarists Troy McLawhorn and Jen Majura, bassist Tim McCord, and drummer Will Hunt seated in the middle of the stage. Singer Amy Lee came out to a roaring applause. Lee took a seat at her piano and started the set with ‘Overture’. Most of the night Lee sang at the front of the stage in a relatively stationary position occasionally returning to her piano to play. She joked with the fans that they had a new part of their set as the orchestra tuned their instruments. She also talked about how music can transport you to different places and can bring up memories of different things before doing a cover of ‘The Beatles ‘Across the Universe’. After ‘Across the Universe’ Lindsey Stirling came out to play ‘Hi-Lo’, a new song on ‘Synthesis’ that Stirling played on. A few more songs into the set Lee talked said that they were about to play one of their oldest songs and that to be honest was probably one of her least favorite songs until they started to play it again live and fell in love with it all over again. For the encore both Evanesa=cence and Lindsey Stirling came out to do a mashup of No More Tears / Alive (Ozzy Osbourne/Sia).