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Lindsey Stirling, Evanescence Bring the Energy to BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ

Lindsey Stirling and Evanescence brought their co-headlining tour, along with a full orchestra to the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ on Tuesday night (July 17). Starting off the night was the classical/modern fusionend duo, Cellogram, made up of Dave Eggar & Chuck Palmer. The pair included a cellist and a percussionist, who would loop the strings and beats into a track then add in vocals. This made them sound like they were a much bigger band than what we actually saw on stage. The highlight of their set would be their cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” that included the newest member of Evanescence, Jen Majura, on guitar.

Evanescence took to the stage next, with Amy Lee sitting at a jet-black piano accompanied by an Orchestra with about 25 members located on each side of the stage. Lee opened the show with “Overture” which blended into “Never Go Back” both from the bands most recent album, Synthesis, which dropped in 2017 and ended the band’s six-year hiatus. Synthesis was a reimagining of many of their hits rerecorded with an orchestra along with two additional new songs. Evanescence’s sound always seemed bigger than life but with the orchestra it is at an entirely new level. The band performed a cover of The Beatles “Across the Universe” and the new orchestral versions of many of their biggest hits like “My Immortal,” “Bring Me to Life,” and “Lithium.” Included in the set were the two new songs from the new album, “Synthesis” and “Hi-Lo” in which Lindsey Stirling joined the band on stage to play her violin solo and “Imperfection” an EDM infused song that ended Evanescence’s 75-minute set.

Lindsey Stirling rose from under the stage to begin her set with “The Arena” off of her 2016 album, Brave Enough. Stirling smiles and plays with the crowd as she is nonstop moving back and forth across the stage throughout her set, her energy levels are truly a force to be reckoned with. She slides, jumps, shimmies, bends over backwards and even moonwalks across the stage for the entire hour and 15 minute set. During her second song “Moon Trance,” Stirling found herself in a graveyard, stalked by ‘skeleton dancers’ that she fought off with her electric violin and leg kicks. One of the grave stones had the name Piers Morgan on it, a judge on her season of America’s Got Talent who gave her an ‘X’ and said her violin playing “sounded like a bunch of rats being strangled.”

Stirling performed all the fan favorites including “Crystallize,” “Take Flight,” and “First Light.” Amy Lee rejoined Stirling on stage to perform “Shatter Me,” another EDM infused song originally recorded with Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale. Stirling ended the show with her famous medley of “The Phantom of the Opera.”

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