After being postponed more than once due to former Rona, Evanescence finally brought their Worlds collide UK tour, with their mates in temptation and they certainly did not disappoint.
Taking a trip through a graveyard through a backdrop of dark visuals, Within Temptation begins the show with Our solemn hour to a sea of crowd-pumping fists through a haze of red lights.
“I can’t live in a fairy tale of lights” sing the singer Sharon Den Adel on Faster while looking like a fallen angel in his own gothic fairy tale. As the two guitarists join her on the front of the stage, they are greeted with cheers and love from the audience.
Between songs, Sharon takes a moment to explain that she’s struggling with a cold, throaty throat, but from her dreamy operatic notes you wouldn’t have guessed because her voice was on point. “If your country was invaded, would you defend it? she asks before grabbing a huge Ukrainian flag and waving it in solidarity throughout Raise your banner.
In a heart-to-heart with the crowd, Sharon takes a moment to remember her father. “He’s gone on to a better life and all I hope is that the universe will bring us together again.” As they start to play Supernova, it’s clear the song is personal and brings the room together over their own feelings of trauma and loss. “I’m waiting for you, Supernova”sung lyrics that touch everyone deeply.
With visuals similar to a battle scene from Game of Thrones, The jugement came in an onslaught of joy pairing their classic heavy symphonic sound with an Arabic-style melody, while don’t pray for me everyone was clutching their chests singing in unison, “Every time you bow your head to pray, do not pray for me!
After a quick outfit change, Sharon reappears in a beautiful red dress to the floor and holds on to an aerial hoop before being hoisted into the air for a whimsical rendition of All that I need. With pierced eyes above, she leads the audience in a wave of arms swinging from side to side and phone lights dancing cohesively around the room.
To close the set, WT shouts the floor “What did you do? What did you do now? alongside the visuals of Keith Caputo leading the song on what have you done immediately followed by the band and the singing crowd “Until the end of time she goes her way” the title track from their 2000s album, Mother Earth. The perfect closing song for their set, bringing the crowd together and leaving everyone on a nostalgic high.
Next, Evanescence go on stage with Amy Lee’s angelically haunting voice automatically demanding attention as it appears before a sun-like glow. As she is quickly followed by the rest of the band, the drummer Will Hunt’s booming drums simultaneously bring the band together and being center stage also manages to steal the show.
“What’s up London!” Amy screams before going into full force for the next round. With songs like The broken pieces shine, Take shelter and wasted on you taken from their last outing, The bitter truth, Evanescence proves how technically close they are and seem to be having a great time doing it. Between songs, Amy offers a sincere apology for the delay to the tour and expresses how grateful they are for the participation, which is greeted with thunderous applause from the crowd which continues into the opening riff of Pass under.
Despite the uproar, there wasn’t much movement from the audience throughout the show, but as Amy takes the keys to far from paradise and your star it’s obvious the crowd absorbs every word she sings, as her voice transcends the arena.
Call me when you’re sober and Imaginary were the highlights of the evening with die-hard fans at the front of the stage causing a commotion and the whole audience singing along. It’s clear that Imaginary holds a special place in the hearts of some fans with several spectators out of their seats to sing along. There was barely a soul that couldn’t help but sing “PAPER FLOOOWERSS” back to the group.
As the night drew to a close, Amy hopped on a matte black grand piano that emerged from the stage floor to liven up a song by My Immortal to a sea of waving telephone torches and lighter flames. Curiously, the audience came alive at the end of the show for bring me to life, while it’s great to end on a high note, that energy would have been great if consistent.
All in all, despite audiences having a bad case of Monday Mourning, Within Temptation and Evanescence put on two great performances playing songs from their latest releases and back catalogs, but still managed to prove why. after more than 20 years in the game, they both continue to reign supreme. .
Check out more photos from the night, captured by Jemma Dodd below.