EVANESCENCE returns this fall with “Synthesis”, the band’s fourth studio album, slated for a fall 2017 release. The “Synthesis Live” tour will launch this fall beginning October 14 on the West Coast (confirmed dates below). Like the album, “Synthesis Live” will feature a reimagining of some of EVANESCENCE‘s best-loved songs with the spotlight on full orchestra, electronics combined with the band and Amy Lee‘s virtuoso piano and voice.
“This is a total passion project for me. There are so many layers in our music, underneath the huge drums and guitars,” explains Amy Lee of EVANESCENCE. “I’ve always wanted to shine a light on some of the gorgeous David Campbell arrangements and programming elements in our songs, and that idea snowballed into completely re-doing them with full orchestra, not just strings, elaborate programming and experimentation.
“This will be our first time touring with orchestra and I’m so excited to perform this way-really focus on the vocals, and the emotion and the story we’ve built over the years. I’m also really excited about the new material on the album. Besides the two new songs, there are some really beautiful instrumental in-between moments. The whole thing flows like a big, dynamic soundtrack.”
A special BLABBERMOUTH.NET presale will begin on Wednesday, August 16 at 10:00 a.m. local time and end on Thursday, August 17 at 10:00 p.m. local time. When prompted, type in the presale code “BLABBERMOUTH” to access tickets before the general public.
The general on-sale is Friday, August 18 at 10:00 a.m. local time.
Every ticket sold will come with a download of the new album, “Synthesis”, when it is released later this fall. As an added bonus, ticket buyers will also receive songs from the album prior to the album’s release date, beginning with a stunning new reworking of the band’s biggest hit, “Bring Me To Life”, which will be available for download to all ticket buyers as well as on streaming services and in digital stores beginning this Friday (August 18).
A variety of VIP ticket packages are available to ensure fans obtain the best seats in the house. Other VIP benefits include the opportunity to meet and enjoy a champagne toast with the band, attend their soundcheck, and receive exclusive merchandise items.
The two-time Grammy Award-winning group is currently in the studio finishing the new album through August with producers Will Hunt and orchestra arranger and composer David Campbell. In addition to the re-imagined catalog songs, the forthcoming “Synthesis” album will feature two new EVANESCENCE songs.
Catch EVANESCENCE on “Synthesis Live” in the following cities:
Oct. 14 – Las Vegas, NV – The Pearl Concert Theater
Oct. 15 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
Oct. 17 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
Oct. 20 – Houston, TX – Revention Music Center
Oct. 22 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Irving Music Factory
Oct. 23 – New Orleans, LA – Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts
Oct. 25 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
Oct. 27 – Atlanta, GA – Chastain Park Amphitheatre
Oct. 28 – Charlotte, NC – Ovens Auditorium
Oct. 30 – Pittsburgh, PA – Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts
Oct. 31 – Oxon Hill, MD – MGM National Harbor
Nov. 02 – Upper Darby, PA – Tower Theater
Nov. 03 – Mashantucket, CT – Foxwoods Resort Casino – Grand Theater
Nov. 05 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre – Boston
Nov. 07 – Bethlehem, PA – Sands Bethlehem Event Center
Nov. 08 – Baltimore, MD – Hippodrome Theatre
Nov. 10 – Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre
Nov. 30 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
Dec. 02 – Carmel, IN – The Palladium
Dec. 05 – Minneapolis, MN – State Theatre
Dec. 06 – Madison, WI – Orpheum Theatre
Dec. 08 – Toronto, ON Canada – Sony Centre for Performing Arts
Dec. 09 – Windsor, ON Canada – Caesar’s Windsor
Dec. 11 – Kansas City, MO – Kansas City Music Hall
Dec. 13 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre
Dec. 15 – Reno, NV – Grand Theatre at The Grand Sierra Resort
Dec. 16 – San Francisco, CA – Masonic Auditorium
Dec. 19 – Portland, OR – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Lee told Graspop.be about “Synthesis”: “It’s different in a way that it’s still coming from the roots of what EVANESCENCE was conceived to be,. It’s really a beautiful project. A lot of our old songs are getting a whole new life in a way where we’re getting to experience the focus being this beautiful, full orchestra. It’s also a lot of electronic, cool elements — parts that have always been part of our music. It hasn’t been full orchestra before — it’s just been mainly strings — but just taking it to very beautiful, classical and epic and groovy place. Oh, it feels so good. There’s some new stuff on it too, but it’s mostly old stuff [reimagined].”
Lee also talked in more detail about the making of “Synthesis”, explaining: “As far as the conception, basically, you work in demo land first and just create the arrangements of songs. I went through all the master sessions of, say, ‘Bring Me To Life’, and [I would] pull out all the stuff and listen to it and then chop it up and decide, ‘Oh, maybe this part needs to be longer. Maybe this part at the beginning will be just strings and piano.’ Just figure out what you’re gonna do and build a map. And working with David Campbell, who has done all the string arrangements for EVANESCENCE for all three albums now doing full orchestra, just going back and forth with him and our producer Will and then each other, just throwing ideas in a Dropbox and basically just playing tennis back and forth for months. We finally recorded the orchestra. It sounds just gorgeous. I can’t wait to finish the thing.”