Amy Lee and Evanescence have never been shy of performing at smaller venues, and their energy is almost unbearably amazing with such a powerful sound in such a small space. All the classics came out, and when the crew rolled out the piano, the crowd lost it, and rightly so. Amy’s emotion and message is amplified with the addition of her classical piano style. “Lithium” had the crowd nearly silent as Amy put forth her tribute in great form. Evanescence ended the evening with their chart topper “Bring Me to Life,” and you could hardly hear Lee over the crowd’s enthusiastic lyrical reverb.
Photos by Robin Ervolina
Written by Matthew Cox
Shockwave Magazine visited Silver Spring, Maryland to see Evanescence play the historic Fillmore, a name resonant with a rich history. The venue was previously a JCPenney, but with good sense County Executive Leggett broke ground in 2010 with the new Fillmore and reportedly announced “fuck a clothing store, I’m trying to see Evanescence in person,” though accounts vary on his actual statement.
Opening for the legendary band was VERIDIA (you have to scream it, apparently), an up-and-coming group whose accolades include a feature on ESPN and a No. 1 Christian Billboard hit for their single “We are the Brave.” Their melodious rock/pop vibe was an appropriate precursor to the main act, and they easily gave new meaning to the phrase “warm up act.”
You name a band that never disappoints. There are many, for certain. But if you had a time machine, you’d need to go back to the Fillmore that Friday and see Evanescence take that title in style. Let me borrow that machine afterwards if you don’t mind though, because the security guard that night totally took my bottle opener, I’m super salty about it.