Grammy-award winning gothic rock band Evanescence ended their European tour in Israel with an electrifying show at the Ra'anana Amphitheater on Tuesday night.
Hours before the show was scheduled to begin, dozens of excited teens clad in Gothic-inspired attire eagerly lined up outside the Amphitheater in hopes of securing a spot as close as possible to the stage.
Evanescence live in Ra'anana (Photo: Rula Saba)
By the time the show began, 6,000 fans packed the outdoor venue, ready for what they knew would be an unforgettable experience, which Evanescence delivered without fail.
A well-known Israeli rock band, Synergia, opened the show with one of their hit songs titled “Ashem” from their latest album, “Margish Acher.” They warmed up the crowd with an energizing 30-minute set.
But the crowd truly went wild when Evanescence took the stage, starting the show with “Weight of the World,” a song from their latest album, “The Open Door”. Lead singer Amy Lee enthusiastically greeted the audience, and thanked fans for welcoming the band to their “beautiful country”.
Lee captivated the audience with an exhilarating performance of songs from the group’s latest album, as well as six tracks from “Fallen”, Evanescence’s first full-length album released in 2003.
She repeatedly thanked the fans for their enthusiasm. “This is completely worth it,” she said, “I'm so glad we made it here to little Israel, this is the best crowd ever!”
True to her style, the singer energetically danced around the stage, twirling and head banging, all the while enchanting the crowd with her powerful voice. The singer was still only during her ethereal rendition of “Lithium” and “Good Enough” on a grand piano.
Lee’s mesmerizing vocals were only matched by the band’s exceptional playing.
Despite the departure of two band members in May, the on-stage dynamic between new additions Will Hunt (drums) and Troy McLawhorn (guitar), along with seasoned members Terry Balsamo (guitar) and Tim McCord (bass) was outstanding.
The four musicians played with such precision that it was hard to believe the music was live and not studio recorded.
The group played 14 songs in total, ending with one of their biggest hits. By then, Lee had literally given her all, and was noticeably hoarse. Clearing her throat, she gracefully thanked the audience for their support, and closed the show with a moving execution of “My Immortal”.