Evanescence to Go on Hiatus
Like the infamous point of contention between supercouple Ross and Rachel on Friends, it’s a break, not a breakup! The Amy Lee-fronted rock band Evanescence have confirmed that after their upcoming tour of the U.K., they will indeed be going on an extended hiatus. No touring. No recording. No nothing! Don’t expect to hear a peep from Evanescence for a long, long time.
But fans needn’t fret, as the time off is necessary and par for the course with the band. Lee, known for her ethereal, operatic vocals and dramatic, gothic style of dress, told the NME that taking a long break to clear her head and figure out what’s next is not a bad thing, even though some people assume that a break signals trouble in the band’s internal ranks.
Not so fast, people!
The singer said, “I haven’t been sitting down to write. I’m thinking we’ll take a break first. I’m really not sure what I’ll do next. At the end of any really long tour, you need to get your head in order. I think at the end of the run, we’ll go on a break for a while and figure things out.”
She doesn’t think that time away from the spotlight is detrimental, even though fickle rock fans with short memories are often quick to move onto the next big thing. Instead, Lee views it as an opportunity to make the fans miss the band, and look forward to their return. It also allows the band the chance to wow their loyalists with some incredible music following their absence.
Lee continued, “Taking long breaks is seen as a bad thing, but I don’t think it’s a bad thing. People have the idea that you have to keep putting stuff out while people remember you. But I’d rather make something that’s awesome and then make people remember again.”
Remember, Evanescence released last year’s self-titled album, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts, a full five years after The Open Door, which dropped in 2006. So fans of the band are accustomed to long intervals between albums. But like anything worthwhile in life, if it’s good, it’ll be worth waiting for.
The vocalist could not commit to a length for the break, but she did admit she hopes it is shorter than last time. “I hope it doesn’t take five years,” Lee confessed. “But I don’t want to put a timeline on it either. We’ll all be doing our own thing for a while.”