EVANESCENCE’s ‘Never Go Back’ Inspired By Japan Tragedy

EVANASCENCE singer Amy Lee recently spoke to MTV News about the band’s new track “Never Go Back”, which she described as “beautiful [and] epic … about loss from the perspective of someone losing someone in a tragedy.”

When asked to elaborate on the track’s lyrical theme, Lee said, “It wasn’t about my life so much. … When we first got into pre-production, the earthquakes and tsunami happened in Japan, and we were all just totally glued to paying attention to it, all these incredibly heartbreaking images, and we just [thought], ‘Wow,’ ” she said. “And I was thinking about it a lot. It was consuming my mind, and we were working on that song at the same time. I was kind of working on lyrics at night; we’d practice all day, and I’d go home at night and be working on lyrics by myself. And I came in the next day and was like, ‘Guys, I’m going to make this song about the tsunami. . . I was singing it to [my bandmates] in the car, and everyone was like, ‘I got goose bumps.’ I’m feeling this human connection with [the Japan tragedy]; obviously, I haven’t experienced it, but it was cool to write about something a little bit outside myself, that isn’t what I usually do. And I love that song.”

A five-year drought ended for EVANESCENCE fans on Monday night (August 8) when the band performed its new single, “What You Want”, live on MTV, with the song also heading to rock radio and iTunes at the same time. The track is taken from the band’s upcoming third major label album, a self-titled affair due out on October 11.

The new record is the band’s first since 2006’s “The Open Door”.

EVANESCENCE will play Nashville on August 17 and Winnipeg, Canada on August 20, but will kick off a 15-city North American run on October 10 in Oakland, California.

The current lineup of EVANESCENCE features guitarists Terry Balsamo and Troy McLawhorn, bassist Tim McCord and drummer Will Hunt in addition to Lee.


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