Rock group Evanescence, initially formed in 1994 by Amy Lee and Ben Moody, released three EPs before the end of the 90s and an album called Origin. By 2002 they were signed to Wind-Up Records and expanded the line-up to include musicians John LeCompt, Will Boyd and Rocky Gray. In 2003 they released their first official album, Fallen, which sold over 15 million copies. Evanescence released a live album, Anywhere But Home, in 2004. This was followed by Open Door in 2006, which sold one million copies in its first week. The band then waited five years to release their third album, the self-titled Evanescence. The band has toured extensively across the world. Their 2012 world tour took in a number of dates in the UK, South America , North America, Australia, China, Japan and Indonesia. The band has received five Grammy nominations and has won two awards for Best New Artist and Best Hard Rock Performance. Other accolades for the band include a Los Premios MTV award, a MTV Australia Video Music Award, a NRJ Music Award, two Teen Choice Awards and a World Music Award. Amy Lee was awarded the National Music Publishers' Association's Songwriter Icon Award in 2008. The bands line-up has varied with a number of members leaving at various stages in their history. One of the founding members, Ben Moody, left in the middle of their European tour in 2003. He was replaced by Terry Balsamo. In 2005, Will Boyd also left, with Tim McCord joining in 2006. During their 2007 tour, John LeCompt was fired and Rocky Gray decided to quit. These two members were replaced by Troy Lawham and Will Hunt. Evanescence's lead singer Amy Lee has worked on a number of other projects. Her version of "Sally's Song" was included on the soundtrack for Disney's The Nightmare Before Christmas. Her collaborations with other artists have included "Freak on a Leash" single and Seether's Broken, which was featured on the soundtrack for The Punisher. She has also performed on tracks for David Hodges, Big Dismal and The Damning Well.
Hard rock juggernaut HALESTORM will return to Australian in December for a headline tour.
Recently in Australia for the second annual Download Festival Australia, they will return with special guests Black Stone Cherry to bring the ruckus!
Wall of Sound saw Halestorm at Download Festival Australia and proclaimed that "The four-piece from Pennsylvania brought the mayhem to Australia. Horns up were demanded by the self-described crazy chick on stage, with fans responding accordingly." and The Guardian praised the Download Festival show and Hale in particular, saying "Few voices in rock are as dynamic as Lzzy Hale's. Her range takes lesser bands to the cleaners and then tosses them roadside from a 1972 Pontiac."
Since their inception in 1998, Halestorm have toured extensively with a diverse variety of artists, including Eric Church, Avenged Sevenfold, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, ZZ Top and Evanescence. They've played around 2,500 dates around the world to date, and performed at festivals like Taste of Chaos and Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. The band scored a Grammy for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance in 2013, and Lzzy was named the "Dimebag Darrell Shredder of the Year" at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards in 2016. Both Halestorm and The Strange Case of... were certified Gold, further evidencing Halestorm's massively supportive fanbase.
Halestorm have also made history: "Love Bites (So Do I)," the hit single from The Strange Case of...ascended to No. 1 at Active Rock radio in the U.S., making Halestorm the first-ever female-fronted group to earn the top spot on the format.