CONCERT: Evanescence & Lindsey Stirling, all “Hi”s and no “Lo”s

BANSHEE ZINE exists because of our love for live music. We are proud to present Evanescence and Lindsey Stirling as our first-ever live music coverage.

Evanescence hit the road this summer with co-headliner Lindsey Stirling to support their latest album, Synthesis, which features reimagined versions of their older songs. On July 18, Lindsey Stirling took the opening slot of the tour at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA.

Stirling’s silhouette was enough to have the venue exploding into cheers. Against the backdrop of a film covering her journey from a talent show and YouTube presence to a global phenomenon through the trials and tribulations that are attached to success, Lindsey came high-kicking her way into the evening. Her set was a spectacle replete with costume changes, high-kicks, pseudo magic tricks, and, of course, stunning music. Evanescence’s Amy Lee even joined her on stage to lend her vocals to “Shatter Me.”

Stirling’s energy never faltered, perfectly attuned to her dancers’ performing behind her as she paired her dance training with her musical performance. With nods to hip hop, EDM, country, and even a cover from “Phantom if The Opera” closing out her set, Stirling delivered a truly diverse, well-executed performance.

Evanescence, accompanied by a local orchestra, performed several songs off of Synthesis, many of which will sound familiar. Longtime fans of Evanescence remember a time when electronic distortion replaced swooping instrumental backing but today, we got to see first hand how a staple of early-aughts gothic rock has grown up without losing its edge.

Though their set was less physical than Stirling’s, Evanescence took the stage with their own commanding performance. Singer Amy Lee’s unmistakable voice carried every bit as much presence as on their records, maybe even more if the crowd’s fever-pitch over classics like “Bring Me To Life” and “My Immortal” were anything to go by. “My Immortal,” with the orchestral backing, hearkened back to it’s origins as a stripped down ballad, the rest of the band absent as Lee possessed the stage and the audience. Though her lyrics are known for their haunting disquiet and otherworldly imagery, Lee was effervescent on stage.

Just as Lee came to support Stirling during her set, Stirling made a reappearance for “Hi-Lo,” one of Evanescence’s brand new tracks off of Synthesis. Together, they closed out the show with an explosive mashup-cover of Ozzy Osbourne’s “No More Tears” and Sia’s “Alive.”

In the music world, as trends end and genres lose their luster, adaptation is the only survival. Just as Evanescence breathed new life into their songs, some decades old, through Synthesis, Lindsey Stirling and Evanescence coming together showed a seamless and unforgettable  melding of musical vision.

All photos by Lauren Zaknoun.
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Lauren Zaknoun

Lauren Zaknoun is an artist, photographer, music enthusiast, and founder of BANSHEE ZINE. With no musical talent to speak of, she supports her local scene by going to shows, shooting bands, and loudly reminding everyone that Paramore is the best band in the world.

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