Amy Lee Says She Learned How Hard It Can Be To Fake It During Evanescence’s First Years
Evanescence frontwomen Amy Lee opened up about the early years of the band when it first rose to fame during an interview with Alternative Press and apparently, Lee had to cover her true emotions during public appearances after the unexpected success of the band.
As many of you know, Evanescence’s debut album, ‘Fallen’ which was released on March 4, 2003, is the band’s most commercially successful album to date, selling over 8 million copies in the United States and over 17 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of the 21st century, thus, brought the band to the music scene strong and fast with their first album.
There are countless successes of their debut album as it earned five nominations at the 46th Grammy Awards including Album of the Year, Best Rock Album, Best Rock Song, Best Hard Rock Performance, and Best New Artist, two of which ended up with a win.
Numerous iconic and signature tracks of Evanescence were created in this album such as ‘Bring Me to Life,’ ‘My Immortal,’ ‘Going Under’ and ‘Everybody’s Fool’ all of which hit the charts at high positions in multiple countries.
Since there aren’t many bands that gain such enormous success with their debut album like Evanescence, the standards started out pretty high pretty quickly for each band member. During a recent interview, Amy Lee opened up about this matter and revealed that the huge success was unexpected on top of being overwhelming for young musicians such as them since Lee was only 21-22 years old at the time.
Here is what Lee said:
“When things first blew up for us, ‘Bring Me to Life’ and our album coming out, kind of this simultaneous moment that really did blow up in a way that was beyond what I honestly expected.
You know, you dream as a kid, and you imagine what it could be and all that you’re working towards – back then it was about MTV – you actually turn on MTV and see yourself in a real music video or turn on the radio in your car and hear your song. And it’s really happening, and all of a sudden we’re going to award shows and stuff. It happened really fast in 2003.
And not that it happened really fast like we were nothing and then we were there, but that was fast, which is what you want, for sure, but I was 21-22, it was a lot to handle. It was an amazing thing to have, it was like our dream was coming true.”
Evanescence frontwomen also stressed the fact that having such fame in a short amount of time was quite difficult for her since she did not have the comfort to be completely honest about how she felt at the time, especially during public appearances where she learned she had to fake her emotions which is a tough thing to do.
Here is what the iconic frontwomen said:
“At the same time, it was a difficult time for a lot of reasons. There was definitely turmoil within the band, and my brother was sick at home, and I was gone all the time. There was a lot for me during that first year that was actually really difficult, and I learned how hard it can be to fake it, to put on a face because you really do care and you really are grateful and you really want to be where you are, but you can’t be completely honest about how you feel.
I was talking to journalists and people backstage at shows, and radio stations all the time every day and having to go through emotions and act like everything was great, like, ‘Please buy into this, believe in us, everything’s great!’ But inside, I’m thinking like, ‘I don’t know actually, it might all be falling apart.'”
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