Evanescence and Within Temptation have announced a European co-headline tour under the Worlds Collide banner.
The bands will join forces in April next year for a run of 12 shows, kicking off at the Brussels Palais on April 4 and wrapping up at Amsterdam’s Ziggodome on the 21st of the month.
Evanescence’s Amy Lee says: “We are very excited to join forces with Within Temptation for what I know will be an epic tour in April.
“We’ve had people ask us about doing something together for a long time, and we’re going to make it worth the wait! Looking forward to hearing Sharon den Adel’s gorgeous voice every night!”
Within Temptation’s den Adel adds: “This is going to be a tour you don’t want to miss! It was really great meeting Amy and the rest of the band recently. I think we have a lot in common but most of all I’m sure that we share the same passion and fire for what we love doing most.
“I’m really looking forward to touring Europe together and to make it memorable.”
The Within Temptation and Evanescence vocalists exclusively talk to Metal Hammer about having to deal with sexist attitudes in the industry during their early careers
Within Temptation’s Sharon den Adel and Evanescence’s Amy Lee are the cover stars of the new issue of Metal Hammer magazine.
In an exclusive interview, the vocalists chat about their careers ahead of their upcoming co-headline European tour, which will take place throughout April next year.
The pair also touch on the subject of sexism within the music industry – and, when asked if they’d ever faced pressure to “sex things up” to progress their careers, Lee replies: “I never did what I didn’t want to do.
"I’m proud of that, but there’s always those times when they’re telling you, ‘Hey, this is just how it works. People are going to focus on this, you need to lose 30 pounds.’
“It's truly your choice whether you follow that advice or leave it. The only thing it ever did to me is make me a little insecure, especially being 21 years old.
“The ultimate decision was, ‘I’m not going to do that.’ It was always, ‘I’m going to be who I’m going to be.’ We were talking before about being inspired by bands who are unique, and that was more important to me than having a huge success.
Lee was often labelled a ‘diva’ when the band were making their mark on the metal scene, and when asked if she thought that was unfair, the Evanescence singer replies: “Definitely. I think that has to do with the people I had around me and they were all men.
“When you’re represented by a lot of older men who want you to do what they want you to do and not have an opinion of your own, of course they’re going to say you’re a bitch when you don’t do it.”
Due to phenomenal demand, WITHIN TEMPTATION and EVANESCENCE have added three more dates to the U.K. leg of their "Worlds Collide" tour as well as three more in continental Europe. The extra U.K. dates take in Glasgow, Leeds and Birmingham. VIP pre-sale begins 9 a.m. GMT on October 29, followed by general on sale at 9 a.m. on November 1.
WITHIN TEMPTATION singer Sharon Den Adel commented: "It is beyond our greatest expectations that a lot of our shows with EVANESCENCE would sell out so quickly! We are super grateful for this. Surprise! We've got a surprise for Belgium, Luxembourg and the U.K.: we are adding some extra shows end of April and beginning of May. Check out the extra dates!"
EVANESCENCE singer Amy Lee said: "We are very excited to announce that due to the overwhelming response to our upcoming tour with WITHIN TEMPTATION, we are adding five more dates!"
Apr. 04 - Belgium, Brussels Palais 12 (sold out) Apr. 05 - France, Paris Accor Hotel Arena Apr. 07 - UK, London, The O2 Apr. 09 - Germany, Berlin Velodrome Apr. 11 - Germany, Frankfurt Festhalle Apr. 12 - Switzerland, Zurich Hallenstadion Apr. 14 - Italy, Milan Mediolanum Forum Apr. 15 - Germany, Munich Zenith Apr. 17 - Germany, Hamburg Sporthalle Apr. 18 - Germany, Leipzig Arena Apr. 20 - Germany, Dusseldorf Mitsubishi Hall Apr. 21 - Netherlands, Amsterdam Ziggodome (sold out) Apr. 22 - Netherlands, Amsterdam Ziggodome Apr. 24 - Belgium, Brussels, Palais 12*^ Apr. 26 - Luxembourg, Luxembourg City, Rockhall Mainhall*^ Apr. 28 - UK, Glasgow, The SSE Hydro * Apr. 30 - UK, Leeds, First Direct Arena* May 01 - UK, Birmingham, Arena*
* New dates ^ New dates on sale Thursday, October 31 at 10 a.m. CEST
A variety of VIP ticket packages are available to ensure fans obtain the best seats in the house. Other VIP benefits include the opportunity to meet the band and attend their soundcheck, plus receive exclusive merchandise items.
Half rock and metal festival. Half… classic car show? Riverside Open Air in Aarburg, Switzerland is certainly one of the European festival circuit’s more unique propositions. And this year, amid a bizarre congregation of 10,000 metal fans and 50s pin-up girls draped across vintage car bonnets, history was made.
For the first time ever, Within Temptation and Evanescence performed on the same stage, co-headlining the final night of the weekend, a union that sent the internet barmy when it was announced back in June.
Today, the stars are aligning again. It’s four days after their historic performance, and Metal Hammer is catching up with Within Temptation’s Sharon den Adel and Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee. Amy joins us on the phone from her hotel in Brno, Czech Republic, where the band are playing tonight.
Sharon is on the other line from her home in the Netherlands where she’s spending a few weeks before Within Temptation hit the road again. Both are in the midst of European tours and in high spirits. They greet each other warmly, pleased to hear each other’s voices and, before long, we can barely get a word in edgeways.
Both bands formed in the late 90s but got their breaks in the early 00s. During a hyper-masculine time in rock and when the mainstream was dominated by overly sexualised pop stars, Sharon and Amy inspired a whole generation of metal fans by redefining the meaning of the female artist. In 2003, just as nu metal’s dick-swinging reign was ending, Evanescence smashed into the UK and US mainstream with nu-goth anthem Bring Me To Life.
Their debut album, Fallen, went on to sell 17 million copies and bagged them two Grammys (for Best New Artist and Best Hard Rock Performance). Across the pond in mainland Europe, Within Temptation’s breakthrough wasn’t quite as dramatic, but they became real contenders with 2004’s The Silent Force, which went Top Five in charts across Europe.
Since then, they’ve risen steadily to become one of modern metal’s most important bands, releasing a consistently acclaimed stream of albums. Along with Nightwish, they put symphonic metal firmly on the map, while their tour for 2014 album Hydra saw them headline both Bloodstock Open Air and the legendary Wembley Arena in the UK.
Now, for the first time in history, Within Temptation and Evanescence are preparing to head out on tour together next spring, including a blockbuster stop at London’s biggest arena, the O2.