Evanescence singer Amy Lee glad to drop rap from first hit
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Evanescence singer Amy Lee recently told News.com.au that she is pleased to be able to drop the rap verse from the band's original 2003 breakout hit "Bring Me To Life" for its new version on the upcoming Synthesis album. Lee explained, "God bless the rap, it's part of what got us on the radio, I guess. At least according to all the rules of radio that I don't agree with or understand. The rap wasn't part of our original idea or sound, it was a compromise in many ways. So to be able to go back to the original vision for the song was great."
Lee added that she had made her peace with the original version of the song, saying, "That's a struggle you always fight as an artist. If we only had the one hit, if no one ever heard from us again, then nobody would understand who we were. We've made it past that point, so the rap doesn't make me angry anymore. I'm so glad to put a new version out there without the rap, though."
- "Bring Me To Life" first appeared on the band's major label debut, Fallen, which sold seven million copies. Lee had said at the time that she wasn't concerned about matching that LP's success again: "I just haven't ever looked at it that way. Fallen is a great record, but I don't think you can try to match the success of another body of work. I think that's only gonna frustrate you. And if, honestly if what you really care about is record sales and money, there's no way you're gonna make a great piece of art, because then you're just gonna get all confused and make something ingenuine."
- The rap on the original version of "Bring Me To Life" was performed by singer Paul McCoy of the band 12 Stones.
- Synthesis is due out November 10th and will see many of Evanescence's songs reworked in new ways, incorporating orchestral and electronic elements into the original compositions.
- The "Synthesis Live" tour launched earlier this month and like the album, it features a full orchestra and electronics. The trek stops on Tuesday night (October 31st) in Oxon Hill, Maryland.
- Don't miss Evanescence bring the Synthesis Live Tour to St. Louis, December 3 at Peabody Opera House. Tickets on sale now - get yours here.