Amy Lee and Emma Anzai of Evanescence on stage at Qudos Bank Arena. August 27, 2023 (Images: Chris Neave. Edit: Kalun Townsend)

GIG REVIEW: Evanescence Proves Goth Rock is Alive and Thriving In Australia

In a world where genres come and go like fashion trends, it’s a pleasant surprise to see the endurance of alternative goth metal. This was crystal-clear last Saturday night when Evanescence, the 20-year veterans of the genre, descended on Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena. Forget what you’ve heard about goth metal fading into oblivion; Evanescence proved it’s still as relevant and alive as ever.


Amy Lee’s Vocals: The Soul of Evanescence

Firstly, let’s talk about the show-stealer: Amy Lee. For years, her hauntingly beautiful voice has been the soul of Evanescence. Experiencing her live is nothing short of breathtaking. Whether it was the band’s newer tracks or their classic hits, Amy Lee’s voice had an ethereal quality that reverberated throughout the arena. For the mega-fans, it’s worth mentioning that her vocals have only matured over the years, preserving the unique tonal quality that made Evanescence iconic in the first place.

Amy Lee performing with Evanescence at Qudos Bank Arena. August 27, 2023. (Image: Chris Neave)
Amy Lee performing with Evanescence at Qudos Bank Arena. August 27, 2023. (Image: Chris Neave)

Credit Where Credit is Due: The Production Team

Moreover, the production team must not be overlooked. From audio to lighting, the technical aspects of the concert were in perfect harmony with the band’s performance. This synergy created a spectacle that was visually and aurally stunning, making the event a full-sensory experience for the audience. For those deeply invested in the band’s evolution, you’d be thrilled to know the production elements have come a long way since their early years, mirroring their musical growth.

Evanescence performes at Qudos Bank Arena. August 27, 2023. (Image: Chris Neave)
Evanescence performes at Qudos Bank Arena. August 27, 2023. (Image: Chris Neave)

Setlist: A Balanced Mix of New and Old

Transitioning from one song to another, the band demonstrated their musical versatility with a well-curated setlist. With classics like “Going Under” and “Call Me When You’re Sober” (a personal favorite), they didn’t fail to honor their roots. But they also sprinkled in newer tracks like “Far From Heaven,” showcasing their evolution as a band. Fans familiar with the band’s discography would have also caught some deeper cuts, making the setlist an intricate blend of old and new.

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Behind The Songs: For The Mega-Fans

If you’re a die-hard fan, then you’d know that “Call Me When You’re Sober” was allegedly inspired by Lee’s relationship with Seether frontman Shaun Morgan. Additionally, “My Immortal” is rooted deeply in Amy Lee’s past, exploring themes of loss and inner pain. These songs are not just hits; they are encapsulations of personal experiences that give fans a deeper connection to the music.

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The Crowd: 25,000 Testimonials to Goth Metal’s Longevity

Equally important were the fans. Dressed to express their goth identities, the 25,000 strong crowd was a testament to the genre’s continuing relevance. Their unwavering enthusiasm seemed to feed back into the band’s performance, creating a cycle of energy that kept the arena buzzing all night long.

The Unforgettable Finale: Hits That Stand the Test of Time

Lastly, Evanescence concluded the concert just as dynamically as they started, performing two of their biggest hits, “My Immortal” and “Bring Me To Life.” Fans would be delighted to know that the band has retained their original spirit while injecting new life into these classics. Twenty years after the release of their debut album “Fallen,” these songs still possess the power to move an audience, and they did precisely that.

Conclusion: Still a Must-See After All These Years

In conclusion, if you have the opportunity to catch Evanescence live, don’t pass it up. You won’t be disappointed. The band, led by the incomparable Amy Lee, showed that not only does goth rock have a pulse, but it’s also kicking stronger than ever. With top-notch production and a crowd that’s as passionate as the band themselves, an Evanescence concert is an experience like no other.

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For the true Evanescence aficionados, remember to catch their rare acoustic sets and keep an eye out for limited edition merchandise that often becomes available during their tours.

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