Evanescence had to perform an unexpected acoustic show in Russia after a vehicle that was taking their equipment to the venue was involved in an accident.
The concert was originally scheduled for Sunday in Voronezh at the Grad Event Hall, but had to be postponed to Monday due to the accident.
The band had expected the truck to make it to the show by Monday when they initially told fans the show would be the following day. You can see the video they posted breaking the news to fans below.
The following day, once they learned that the gear wasn’t going to make it, they told fans they’d be renting acoustic gear to perform a “special one-time only acoustic version” of their show. You can see frontwoman Amy Lee explain the situation in a post below.
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Special announcement! Friends in Voronezh, due to a situation beyond our control, our gear will not make it in time for the concert tonight- BUT WE REFUSE TO CANCEL! Instead we are renting local instruments and putting together a one time only acoustic show just for you. Showtime will still be at 8:30, doors will be at 7:30 now, and there will be no opening band. See you tonight!
When the band hit the stage, Lee explained again to the crowd of the incidents that took place that led to the unique show. Despite the setbacks, Evanescence totally rocked the acoustic set like pros, and we honestly kind of wish we got to see it. You can see some videos from the concert below.
After the show, the band posted a photo celebrating the unfortunate events that ended up leading to an epic night that is pretty much the definition of making the best of a bad situation.
“At the end of an insane whirlwind day that started out with bad news, and ended in so much love, we are so grateful,” they wrote.
You can see their post below.
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At the end of an insane whirlwind day that started out with bad news, and ended in so much love, we are so grateful. Proud we didn’t give up, proud of every member of our crew for finding a new way to do their job and executing it beautifully, and proud to be a part of a team that won’t say “we can’t.” Check out our insta story!
Additionally, guitarist Jen Marjura posted a huge explainer of the events on her page.
“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,” Marjura explained.
“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,” she continued. “Within a few hours we re-learned the tunes and made this evening happen!!!”
You can see her post below.
Evanescence have one more show in St. Petersburg at Yubi Arena tomorrow to complete their fall run. However, they did recently announce a co-headlining tour with Within Temptation that will take place in Europe next year.
You can see those dates below and grab tickets here.
04/04 – Brussels, Belgium @ Palais 12
04/05 – Paris, France @ Accor Hotel Arena
04/07 – London, UK @ The O2
04/09 – Berlin, Germany @ Velodrome
04/11 – Frankfurt, Germany @ Festhalle
04/12 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Hallenstadion
04/14 – Milan, Italy @ Mediolanum Forum
04/15 – Munich, Germany @ Zenith
04/17 – Hamburg, Germany @ Sporthalle
04/18 – Leipzig, Germany @ Arena
04/20 – Dusseldorf, Germany @ Mitsubishi Hall
04/21 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Ziggodome
What do you think of Evanescence performing an impromptu acoustic show as a result of the accident? Sound off in the comments down below!