Fifteen years after Evanescence first formed, the band is embarking on just their third world tour - and they're heading to Auckland as part of that.
Ahead of their show at Vector Arena on March 31, the band's guitarist Troy McLawhorn spoke to Yahoo! New Zealand about reuniting and touring.
McLawhorn says Evanescence is planning to hit as many places as they can this time around.
"We're touring all over the world... We've been to Europe once last year already and we're going back this spring to do some of the festivals over there. We want to go to South Africa and South America [too]."
The Auckland show will be the band's first New Zealand outing since their tour of 2007.
"We're just trying to reach out to as many fans as we can. We're trying to go to a lot of places that a lot of bands don't go to," McLawhorn says.
Evanescence took a break for a few years, after lead singer Amy Lee felt she needed to step away to "nest" and "build a life that didn't revolve around my being in Evanescence".
"I knew Amy was wanting to take a few years off," McLawhorn reveals. "But I really wanted to keep playing so I joined up with the Seether guys and played with them for a few years."
But Amy's passion and love for music brought her back and Evanescence reunited to produce their latest self titled album, which hit number 1 in the US Billboard charts and debuted at the top of charts around the world.
"It was really nice to come back and be a part of this again, [I'm] pretty lucky you know, I feel very lucky and blessed," McLawhorn says.
Evanescence's plan for the year ahead is to promote their third album, which will involve doing as much touring as they can.
"I love touring. I like playing live. I mean it definitely gets old, we need breaks to go home and see our kids and our wives, our spouses... but playing live and touring - it's a lot of fun."
Fans at the Auckland show will enjoy their favourite songs from both the new and old albums, but McLawhorn has his own favourites he likes to perform live.
"I like 'Your star' and off of the new album I like 'Never go back'," he says.
"Your star' is fun to play because it's got a really cool guitar part in it and 'Never go back' is kind of the same thing - it's got a really cool guitar bit and it's fun to play and it's got tempo. It's a good live song."
So be sure to listen out for those two tracks if you're heading to their live performance in March.
Evanescence, with special guests Blaqk Audio, will be performing at Vector Arena, Saturday, March 31.
Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster.
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