Evanescence was founded by former member Ben Moody and Amy Lee at an Arkansan youth camp, when Moody heard Lee playing Meat Loaf’s, “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)” on the piano. After discovering they both had passions for Björk and Jimi Hendrix, the two began to write songs together. Due to a lack of funding and a band, the two were unable to perform their songs live. However, somehow word got out and their songs got onto local music charts, and demand for a show increased. They quickly became one of the most well-known bands in the area.
Any work before their album Fallen
is for the most part, unknown. The band’s self-titled EP only had about 100 copies made, and the next one, entitled Sound Asleep
, only had 50 copies made. Only 2500 copies of Origin
were made. Lee says that these are not so much albums as they are collaborations of early runs of demos.
Evanescence’s first major album, entitled Fallen
, has sold 12 million copies, spent a whole year in the Billboard Top 50, and been certified 6x Platinum.
In October of 2003, in the middle of a European tour, guitarist Ben Lee left the band, saying the reason was creative differences. Since then, Lee has admitted that it was nearly a relief that Moody left, and Moody had confessed recently that he suffers from bipolar disorder, and had kicked a drug addiction he had while with the band.
Their live album, Anywhere but Home
, was released in 2004. Its features include footage of the band signing autographs, warming up, and their live performance from Paris. It also features previously unreleased songs.
Evanescence’s newest album is slated to hit stores October of 2006.
- Amy Lee - vocals and piano
- John LeCompt - guitar
- Rocky Gray - drums
- William Boyd - bass
- Terry Balsamo - guitar
- Ben Moody - lead guitar [left October 2003]
- David Hodges - keyboards [left December 2002]
- The Open Door [October 3 2006]
- Fallen [March 2003]
- Evanescence 
- Sound Asleep 
- Origin