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Glasgow O2 Academy
8th November 2011

Johnny Main

daryl soar

It's been a long time since Evanescence did a full UK tour, so these gigs sold out very fast, making this one of the most anticipated UK tours of 2011.


Supporting their new self-titled album, the band kicked things off with the first track, 'What You Want', to a rapturous reception from the crowd. The new album has twelve tracks (on the standard version) and Evanescence aired nine of these tonight. This could've been seen as a risk by some people as the album had only been out for barely a month before the tour, but it was a risk that seemed, for the most part, to have paid off judging by the crowd reaction to these new numbers.

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Among the newer songs, 'The Other Side', 'Lost In Paradise' and 'Made Of Stone' have the chance to be future live evergreen songs for the band, whereas the crowd sounded somewhat less enthusiastic about 'Never Go Back'.

With not much of a stage set or backdrop (except the blinding lights at either side of the stage, which could be a bit disconcerting after a while), it was up to vocalist Amy Lee to keep the crowd's energy going for most of the night, as the rest of the band seemed to be fairly well rooted to the spot for periods during the gig.


Along with the new songs, this was, of course, the first occasion that many have seen Evanescence play any older tracks. These included excellent renditions of 'Lithium' (complete with grand piano onstage), 'Going Under', 'Call Me When You're Sober', their 2003 debut single 'Bring Me To Life' and the hauntingly beautiful 'My Immortal' - a true classic that saw the band depart the stage with a lot of fans hoping they don't leave it so long before they do another UK tour.


What You Want
Going Under
The Other Side
Weight of the World
The Change
Made Of Stone
Lost In Paradise
My Heart Is Broken
Call Me When You're Sober
Bring Me To Life


Never Go Back
Your Star
My Immortal


Amy Lee - lead vocals, piano
Terry Balsamo - lead guitar
Troy McLawhorn - rhythm guitar
Tim McCord - bass
Will Hunt - drums





Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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