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Evanescence & Lindsey Stirling Bring Class(ical) to Charlotte

Evanescence & Lindsey Stirling Bring Class(ical) to Charlotte

Last Fall’s Synthesis Live Tour marked Evanescence’s first time touring with an orchestra. While finishing the European leg of that tour, they announced yet another excursion with symphonic support, this time with violinist Lindsey Stirling co-headlining. On July 20, Charlotte’s PNC Music Pavilion was the destination for the ninth stop of the tour. With a capacity of over 18,000 PNC is typical of the open-air venues that dominate the schedule. But does Evanescence’s new style match with a more airy environment? It is large enough to contain Stirling’s boundless energy?

Lindsey Stirling & Evanescence - 01

Before I could answer those questions, cellist Dave Eggar and percussionist Chuck Palmer, performing as Cellogram, led the show off. This seemed a surprise to most, as little to no mention was made of the duo beforehand.

Cellogram - 02

Starting  with a wide ranging medley that included the theme from The Addams Family before playing from their self-titled EP, the session had the feel of an jam session between accomplished musicians.

Cellogram - 10

Loose, almost casual, but not sloppy. Evanescence guitarist Jen Majura joined on guitar for a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” to finish.Cellogram - 03

Evanescence singer, and sole original member, Amy Lee, began the night at a grand piano. Her bandmates, bassist Tim McCord, drummer Will Hunt, and guitarists Troy McLawhorn and Jen Majura were seated behind and the other instrumentalists arranged to both wings of the stage. Lee would switch between the piano and standing for the remainder of the performance, as they performed almost the entirety of Synthesis.

Evanescence - 01

Featuring two original songs, but mostly reworkings of past material with orchestral and electronic arrangements, Synthesis felt darker and more dramatic than past albums. So it was slightly detrimental that it was still well before sunset when the band opened with “Overture” and “Never Go Back”. The beautiful blue skies on this almost summer day just didn’t mesh with the more somber material. It wasn’t until about five songs in that the skies darkened and lighting effects could be utilized more effectively.

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Still, a minor quibble, as everyone was in fine form. An excellent mix blended all the elements perfectly, but Lee’s powerful vocals were the focus. “My Heart Is Broken” was Lee at her finest and the instrumental “Unraveling” was a chance for the orchestra to shine.

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A well-arranged cover of The Beatles “Across The Universe” was another standout. I always enjoy non-standard instruments, so I particularly enjoyed Majura employing a theremin on a few songs. The highlight by far, though, was Stirling joining in during “Hi-Lo.”

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As a music photojournalist, I obviously attend many shows. I’ll admit that this can lead to me becoming a little jaded. Then someone like Lindsey Stirling comes along and completely enthralls me. Charismatic and radiating effortless enthusiasm, her performance was a delight of sight and sound.

Lindsey Stirling - 03

Much as her music incorporates many diverse elements, her show likewise throws in a bit of everything: costumes, dancers, props, video, lighting, even a magic trick. All of those complement, rather than distract, from Stirling herself. Her skill as a violinist would be impressive enough, but to play while in constant motion, is truly impressive. The ultimate multitasker.

Lindsey Stirling - 05

Drawing from three of her albums, Stirling’s setlist was a well rounded sampler. “Moon Trance” was my favorite song from the night. Stirling possibly throwing a little shade, as one of the tombstone props was clearly labeled with the name of one of her early critics, Piers Morgan.

Lindsey Stirling - 06

She also performed a moonwalk much to the delight of the crowd. “Roundtable Rival” and “Mirage” were also choice picks and Lee handling the vocals for “Shatter Me.” The closer was a very spirited medley from Phantom of the Opera before Lee once again joined for the encore, a cover of Lana Del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful.”

Lindsey Stirling - 13

Overall a juxtaposition of sorts. The hauntingly beautiful Evanescence combined with the joyous perpetual motion of Lindsey Stirling. Sounds like an odd pairing, but it works surprisingly well. Throw in the added sonic depth provided by a symphony and I highly recommend this tour to fans of either.

Lindsey Stirling - 09

See full gallery of the night.

Evanescence Setlist PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC, USA 2018, Evanescence + Lindsey Stirling

Remaining tour dates:

Date Venue City
July 21 Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek Raleigh, NC
July 24 Jiffy Lube Live Bristow, VA
July 25 Mohegan Sun Arena Uncasville, CT
July 27 Budweiser Stage Toronto, ON
July 28 Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga Springs, NY
August 10 PNC Bank Arts Center Holmdel, NJ
August 11 Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater Wantagh, NY
August 14 Heritage Park Amphitheater Simpsonville, SC
August 15 State Bank Amphitheatre Atlanta, GA
August 17 MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre Tampa, FL
August 18 Coral Sky Amphitheatre W. Palm Beach, FL
August 20 Daily’s Place Jacksonville, FL
August 22 Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square New Orleans, LA
August 24 Dos Equis Pavilion Dallas, TX
August 25 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Woodlands, TX
August 28 Isleta Amphitheater Albuquerque, NM
August 29 Ak-Chin Pavilion Phoenix, AZ
August 31 Mattress Firm Amphitheatre Chula Vista, CA
September 01 Five Point Amphitheater Irvine, CA
September 04 Greek Theatre Los Angeles, CA
September 05 Shoreline Amphitheater Mountain View, CA
September 07 White River Amphitheatre Auburn, WA
September 08 Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre Ridgefield, WA

 

Once an aspiring male model, Kevin quickly realized he had a face that was better suited to being behind the camera. When he's not at a concert, he can often be found at sci-fi conventions or preparing for the coming zombie apocalypse.

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