Lindsey Stirling & Evanescence Bring A Sensory Experience With Strings Attached
Lindsey Stirling & Evanescence Co-op Tour Brings A little Bit of Everything For Music Fans
The two time Grammy Award-winning rock band Evanescence and internationally acclaimed, Billboard Award winning violinist Lindsey Stirling are co-headlining a tour together that is well underway, and there is most definitely strings attached. The trek began on July 6th in Kansas City, MO and is now about two weeks in, and I caught the 7th date of the tour at BB&T Pavilion in Camden, New Jersey last night.
For one night only, the Live Nation venue would be transformed into a mystical wonderland of both pain and hope. Lindsey Stirling and Evanescence’s show, though intertwined, are almost and most likely unintentionally the yin and yang of one another. Stirling, who held the headliner spot of the evening, was much more talkative, smiling, and offered up an upbeat performance. Meanwhile her tour mates Evanescence were darker, soft spoken, and slower paced during their evening on stage. This is not a bad thing either – I felt the performances complimented each other quite well.
Evanescence are no strangers to working with an orchestra. The band, led by vocalist Amy Lee, released their fourth studio album and easily one of their most ambitious records to date titled SYNTHESIS. The album was released in the fall of 2017 via record label (BMG) and found Evanescence working with producers Will Hunt and orchestra arranger and composer David Campbell. SYNTHESIS included two new Evanescence songs, in addition to newly re-imagined renditions of fan favorites, joined by a live orchestra and electronica element like never before.
Lindsey Stirling may be one of the most fearless performers around. Since the release of her 2012 debut self-titled album, the electric violinist, dancer, and artist became one of the world’s most groundbreaking stars of the 21st century. In 2017 Stirling released her first ever holiday album titled Warmer in the Winter. The album featured both classic and original songs, and it become the #1 new Christmas album of 2017, ahead of some of pop music stars such as Gwen Stefani and Sia. Lindsey also put her dance moves to the test and was the runner-up contestant on ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars along with her partner Mark Ballas. Stirling, who is well known as the model for a modern independent recording artist, has a strong bond with her fanbase. This tour is out of nowhere for Lindsey, she isn’t completely new to performing with an orchestra entirely, she appeared on the Evanescence SYNTHESIS album for the track “Hi-Lo” and the collaboration between the two were next level.
The night began with a dim lit stage and an orchestra on call and ready to get the show going, as the BB&T Pavilion went dark, cheers arose from the Camden, NJ audience. Evanescence took the stage with lead singer Amy Lee making her way to the piano, sitting front and center. Oddly enough the timing of the band’s performance was a little distracting because when the set began, it was still daylight. Amy Lee’s emotive voice and the orchestral background got a little lost due to lack of atmosphere, and it kind of does the performance a disservice early on. Thankfully, about 3 songs in, the darkness covered the New Jersey sky and the performance began to carry a better feeling – the feeling that was missing during the opening songs of the set.
There were quite a few special moments during the 70 minute set. Moments where Evanescence shined above and beyond expectations, including a beautiful soul shattering performance of “My Heart Is Broken”; a pleasantly surprising cover of the Beatles “Across The Universe” that benefited from its quiet arrangement; and the more up beat fan favorite “Hi-Lo,” which featured a very exciting violin solo from their tour mate Stirling. Lee’s voice is as powerful as ever and backed by an orchestra that adds an eeriness that completes these arrangements beautifully. The set is articulated over the course of sixteen songs, and when it’s over you know you received a good balance of new, old, and favorited tracks.
Lindsey Stirling’s set was the complete opposite; yes, the orchestra joined her on stage, but so did huge video screens. The addition of the screens made it feel more like a spectacle and less of a theater show. During her 70 minute set, Stirling choose to take things a different direction. She danced, skipped, and high-kicked her way around the stage, perfectly choreographed and flawlessly playing her violin, performing so perfect at times it was hard to believe she was really playing her electrifying riffs. Stirling was accompanied by four dancers, a bit of scenery which included gravestones during the song “Moon Trance”. The performance props didn’t stop there as a mirrored disco ball appeared later in the set; not to mention that Stirling and her dancers had no shortage of costume changes.
Stirling entranced and dazzled, at moments running the stage like a rockstar and other times dancing like the greatest ballerina you’ve ever seen. All the while she maintained the ability to execute her violin with the utmost precision. Highlights of Lindsey’s set included a performance of her hit song “Shatter Me”, where Amy Lee joins her on stage to sing the songs vocal parts, a beautiful filled out version of “Crystallize” thanks to the 30-piece orchestra behind her and maybe my favorite part was the closing song a version, her version of “Music of The Night” from Phantom Of The Opera, which was truly spectacular to hear live!
Stirling supplied a high energy memorable performance that made her closing slot on the bill not only deserved but welcomed. The show was overall great, and by all means a special tour to see. My honest opinion: while the two acts work well together, only Lindsey’s act I really felt could stand on its own. That’s not to say Amy Lee and company weren’t good, I just personally felt it didn’t hold the same magic as when I witnessed it the first time on the SYNTHESIS tour last year.
The orchestra element without a doubt brings a new beauty and sonically pleasing element to both acts, the stage set up and lighting design is perfect and the sound was well balanced throughout the show. Another perk of the show its theatre setup, making it feel more like an event and less of a concert; this means no cell phones to dance around! Overall I found the show is worth the price of admission; it’s not too short where you may feel ripped off, and it’s not long enough to bore you to death. This show has far more high notes then it does lows and for that reason I recommend checking it out!
If you’re looking forward to going I wouldn’t wait on getting tickets. Head on over to LiveNation to grab your tickets! Both Evanescence and Lindsey Stirling also offer a limited number of VIP packages for you can purchase for each date.
Packages include premium seating, attending sound check, pre-show parties, a champagne toast, and more. Check out the full list of tour dates below to see if you’re one of the cities the tour is rolling through or where your closest road trip might be.
Evanescence & Lindsey Stirling 2018 Summer Tour Schedule:
|Wednesday, July 18, 2018||Mansfield, MA||Xfinity Center|
|Friday, July 20, 2018||Charlotte, NC||PNC Music Pavilion|
|Saturday, July 21, 2018||Raleigh, NC||Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek|
|Tuesday, July 24, 2018||Bristow, VA||Jiffy Lube Live|
|Wednesday, July 25, 2018||Uncasville, CT||Mohegan Sun Arena|
|Friday, July 27, 2018||Toronto, ON||Budweiser Stage|
|Saturday, July 28, 2018||Saratoga Springs, NY||Saratoga Performing Arts Center|
|Friday, August 10, 2018||Holmdel, NJ||PNC Bank Arts Center|
|Saturday, August 11, 2018||Wantagh, NY||Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater|
|Tuesday, August 14, 2018||Simpsonville, SC||Heritage Park Amphitheatre|
|Wednesday, August 15, 2018||Atlanta, GA*||Chastain Park Amphitheatre|
|Friday, August 17, 2018||Tampa, FL||MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre|
|Saturday, August 18, 2018||West Palm Beach, FL||Coral Sky Amphitheatre|
|Monday, August 20, 2018||Jacksonville, FL||Daily’s Place|
|Wednesday, August 22, 2018||New Orleans, LA||Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square|
|Friday, August 24, 2018||Dallas, TX||Starplex Pavilion|
|Saturday, August 25, 2018||The Woodlands, TX||Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion|
|Tuesday, August 28, 2018||Albuquerque, NM||Isleta Amphitheater|
|Wednesday, August 29, 2018||Phoenix, AZ||Ak-Chin Pavilion|
|Friday, August 31, 2018||Chula Vista, CA||Mattress Firm Amphitheatre|
|Saturday, September 01, 2018||Irvine, CA||FivePoint Amphitheatre|
|Wednesday, September 05, 2018||Mountain View, CA||Shoreline Amphitheatre|
|Friday, September 07, 2018||Auburn, WA||White River Amphitheatre|
|Saturday, September 08, 2018||Ridgefield, WA||Sunlight Supply Amphitheater|