Famous Arkansan: Amy Lee

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I had a chance to catch Evanescence play a hometown show this weekend at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock. As many know, lead singer Amy Lee was raised in Little Rock and the band formed in the city in 1995. The group has sold more than 23 million records since their first release (in 2003) and landed two Grammy Awards the following year. The band released their second album ( The Open Door) in 2006. The band is back after a five-year hiatus and currently on tour (with their third album) on their most extensive tour to date including stops in Japan and Malaysia. Last month, the group performed at the 18th annual Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo, Norway. Below is a glimpse of the history of the band via an article by Esther Jennings in The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture. I am also including a few photos I took at the Verizon show.

The band’s DVD, Anywhere But Home (2004), includes tour footage and a few new songs. In 2006, bassist Will Boyd left the band. Later that same year, Evanescence released its second album, The Open Door. On October 11, 2011, the band released its third studio album, Evanescence.