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Grammy-winning rock band Evanescence plays with full orchestra in Bethlehem on Nov. 7

Grammy-winning rock band Evanescence plays with full orchestra in Bethlehem on Nov. 7
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From a press release:

In support of their fourth studio album, “Synthesis,” slated for a fall release, it was announced today that the multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning rock band Evanescence will also launch the Synthesis Live Tour this fall, beginning Oct. 14 on the West Coast and stopping at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 8 p.m.

Like the album, Synthesis Live will feature a re-imagining of some of Evanescence’s best-loved songs with a full orchestra and electronics combined with the band and singer Amy Lee’s virtuoso piano and voice.

Tickets, which are $48, $62, and $72, go on sale this Friday, Aug. 18 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at, the Event Center box office (77 Sands Blvd., Bethlehem),, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone at 800-745-3000. Every ticket sold will come with a download of the new album when it is released. As an added bonus, ticket buyers will also receive songs from the album prior to the release date, beginning with a new reworking of the band’s biggest hit, “Bring Me to Life,” which will be available for download as well as on streaming services and in digital stores beginning this Friday, Aug. 18.

Synthesis Live fan and VIP pre-sales go on sale this Tuesday, Aug. 15 on with a variety of VIP ticket packages to ensure fans obtain the best seats in the house. Other VIP benefits include the opportunity to meet and enjoy a champagne toast with the band, attend their soundcheck, and receive exclusive merchandise items.

The two-time Grammy Award-winning group is currently in the studio finishing the new album through August with producers Will Hunt and orchestra arranger and composer David Campbell. In addition to the re-imagined catalog songs, the forthcoming “Synthesis” album will feature two new Evanescence songs. 2017 promises to be the biggest year for Evanescence yet, as their intense live performances and timeless songwriting combine with a powerful live orchestra and electronics to truly deliver a transcendent experience.

“This is a total passion project for me. There are so many layers in our music, underneath the huge drums and guitars,” explains Lee. “I’ve always wanted to shine a light on some of the gorgeous David Campbell arrangements and programming elements in our songs, and that idea snowballed into completely re-doing them with full orchestra, not just strings, elaborate programming, and experimentation. This will be our first time touring with orchestra and I’m so excited to perform this way – really focus on the vocals and the emotion and the story we’ve built over the years. I’m also really excited about the new material on the album. Besides the two new songs, there are some really beautiful instrumental in-between moments. The whole thing flows like a big, dynamic soundtrack.”

Formed in the mid-1990s, Evanescence – lead singer/songwriter and pianist Amy Lee, bassist Tim McCord, drummer Will Hunt, lead guitarist/backing vocalist Troy McLawhorn, and guitarist Jen Majura – has three albums under their belt. The band was integral in establishing a global critical mass in rock music. Their 2003 landmark debut album, “Fallen,” laid the foundation; spending 43 weeks on the Billboard Top 10, it sold more than 17 million copies worldwide and was certified platinum seven times in the United States.

Their debut single and global hit “Bring Me to Life” (featuring guest vocals from Paul McCoy of 12 Stones) reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as marking their first No. 1 hit single in the United Kingdom. The song also became the official theme for “WWE No Way Out 2003.” The equally popular “My Immortal” peaked at No. 7 in the U.S. and U.K., and both songs were featured in the soundtrack for the superhero action movie “Daredevil.” The album produced four singles total, including “Going Under” (No. 5 on U.S. Modern Rock, No. 8 in the U.K.) and “Everybody’s Fool” (No. 36 on U.S. Modern Rock, No. 23 in the U.K.). “Fallen” is one of only eight albums in the history of the chart to spend at least a year on the Billboard Top 50; it spent 104 weeks on the Billboard 200 and is No. 32 on the “Greatest of All Time, Billboard 200” list.

Evanescence has won two Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist and Best Hard Rock Performance out of a total of seven career nominations.

Following multiple worldwide tours, they released their first live album, “Anywhere But Home,” which sold more than one million copies worldwide. Next, the band released their second studio album, “The Open Door,” which went on to sell more than five million copies. Their self-titled third album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, as well as achieving the No. 1 slot on the Rock Albums, Digital Albums, Alternative Albums, and Hard Rock Albums Billboard charts.

After touring European festivals and shows in 2016 and early 2017, Evanescence will return with their fourth album and most ambitious release to date, “Synthesis,” on BMG.