EVANESCENCE played a surprise acoustic show Monday night (September 23) in Voronezh, Russia after the band's equipment truck failed to make it to the venue in time for the gig.
EVANESCENCE was originally scheduled to perform at Grad Event Hall on Sunday, but the show ended up being postponed until the following day because of an "accident" involving the truck carrying all of the group's gear. When it became clear several hours before scheduled showtime that the truck would still not make it to the concert hall, EVANESCENCE made the decision to "push through" and play a stripped-down set using rented local instruments.
EVANESCENCE guitarist Jen Majura recounted the experience in a post on her Facebook page. She wrote: "I am in this crazy Rock'n'Roll business now for over 15 years, played probably over a thousand shows from shitty little bars, to concert halls, countless festivals, to the Sydney Opera House, recently the world's third biggest coliseum in Verona Italy - let's just say: I thought I've seen pretty much most of it by now! - Until Voronezh!
"We arrived here Saturday night and were supposed to play the show on Sunday. But due to an accident, our truck with all our gear, didn't make it in time for the show, so we rescheduled the show to Monday and enjoyed an unexpected day off in Voronezh!
"Monday noon it was pretty damn clear that the truck still was at the border and wouldn't arrive to the venue in time.
"Our whole production is on that truck... our gear, all guitars and basses, Will's entire drum kit, spare instruments, amps, lights, cases, stage clothes, pedal boards, cables, backdrop, Meet&Greet stuff, microphones, racks... EVERYTHING!!!
"Now we were in Voronezh with nothing else but our suitcases in our hotel rooms...
"I'd say 95% of all bands touring would have just cancelled their show - but we decided to push through!
"We had a band meeting and created a setlist for an acoustic show, rented local acoustic guitars, used a little cocktail drum kit from the venue for Will, got a piano for Amy and a bass for Tim, mics, strings, cables, picks etc.
"We sat down to rehearse the songs - it takes a lot to learn a bunch of songs 'new' because what used to be played on a 7-string tuned in drop A, is now a 6-string in standard tuning and all you get is a capo.
"Within a few hours we re-learned the tunes and made this evening happen!!!
"I am beyond proud to be able to play show after show after show with these fabulous musicians and touring with our fantastic crew!
"Voronezh - we will never forget this night!!!"
EVANESCENCE's setlist for the Voronezh concert was as follows:
01. What You Want
02. My Heart Is Broken
03. All That I'm Living For
04. Call Me When You're Sober
05. Breath No More
07. New Way To Bleed
08. The Change
09. Good Enough
10. Lost In Paradise
11. My Immortal
13. Bring Me To Life
EVANESCENCE singer Amy Lee recently said that the band is about to begin working on its long-awaited follow-up to 2011's self-titled effort.
EVANESCENCE spent much of the last two years recording and touring in support of 2017's "Synthesis", which contained some of the band's best-loved songs — as well as a couple of new ones — reinvented with full orchestra over a deep electronic landscape.