Where did Evanescence go? At the height of their fame in the early 2000s, they had a chart-topping album (Fallen), a hit single ("Bring Me to Life"), and, with two Grammy Award wins, recognition from industry peers. Then, the band seemed to go quiet, leaving many fans wondering what happened to Evanescence and where they are today.
Like most bands, Evanescence has evolved and changed direction over the years. Headed by frontwoman/singer/songwriter Amy Lee, the group started out in the Christian rock genre before taking a detour into the more mainstream sound that would eventually bring them stardom. And just because they are no longer the music darlings of the early '00s doesn't mean they've stopped writing and recording. Fans can rest easy knowing that Evanescence has not disappeared; they're still here, they're still making music, and they've got surprises in store for listeners.
Read on for some stories about Evanescence, where they've been, and what the future holds for this one-of-a-kind band.
Amy Lee Composed The Soundtrack To A Movie
In the years since Evanescence's chart-topping success, Lee has continued to expand her musical horizons. She composed her first film score for the 2014 drama War Story, which starred Catherine Keener and Ben Kingsley. Partnering with cellist Dave Eggar, the soundtrack was released under the title Aftermath and broke the Billboard Top 100.
She reunited with Eggar and Chuck Palmer for the score of the 2015 sci-fi film Indigo Grey: The Passage. Though it was a short film (seven minutes), Lee's involvement with the movie brought it greater exposure than most short films receive.
Amy Lee Was Targeted By Anonymous
In one of the stranger and more unexpected Evanescence updates, Amy Lee was targeted by the masked hacker group Anonymous in 2012. Anonymous claimed that Lee and her record label, Wind-Up Records, were protecting criminals. They said that Lee and Wind-Up utilized "corporate legal threats to hide evidence" and they concealed "evidence of child molesters lurking on their official chat board."
The chat board was eventually shut down. Anonymous protested at Evanescence's concerts later that year.
Keyboardist David Hodges Has Released Solo Albums And Joined Other BandsPhoto: flickr / CC0
Keyboardist David Hodges joined Evanescence in 1999 and co-wrote much of the music on the band's first two albums, the demo CDs Origin and Fallen. Unfortunately, Hodges never got to experience the worldwide level of fame Evanescence achieved as he left the band just four months before their career-making Fallen was released.
Rumor has it that Hodges thought he was giving the band a more Christian rock sound, something Lee and Moody were not totally on board with. This was what reportedly prompted his exit. In the years since Evanescence, Hodges has kept busy, releasing solo albums, songwriting, and joining bands like Trading Yesterday and Arrows to Athens.
Bassist Will Boyd Left To Avoid Another Major Tour
Will Boyd joined Evanescence in 2003, only to leave the band three years later. The exit didn't come at the best time as the band's new album was just months away. But Lee was supportive of Boyd's decision, which he arrived at after he realized he didn't want to deal with the pressure and stress of another major world tour.
"He said that he just can't go through with another huge tour right now, and wants to stay a little closer to his family instead," Lee said. She said the band loved and appreciated him and wished him "nothing but happiness in everything he does. We've been playing music together since I was in junior high. I miss him already."