Evanescence & Blaqk Audio at Rod Laver Arena – review
Fans, glam rock worshippers and members of the glitterati,
In my travels for various magazines I write for I am often asked to write a review as a thank you. So, when I was given a hard time by a touring company (who shall remain nameless) when I wanted to attend Evanescence and Blaqk Audio’s show, as I was doing a story on Blaqk Audio (and I was lucky to interview Davey Havok and Jade Puget of Blaqk Audio/AFI before their show), I wrote this review for the record company who gave me access to the show.
So, once the article is out in an Australian publication about Blaqk Audio, I will direct you to it. I’ll also publish the outtakes. Yes, including the fact I said to Davey and Jade: “I get both of you for the interview? It’s a 2-for-1 deal. I’m a lucky girl,” when I discovered I had both of them for the interview, not just Davey as I originally requested. Bonus. And yes, they did laugh at my lame joke. Jade said: “One of us could split, if you like.” I was silent, as I’m thinking, Where can we do this interview in a hotel lobby? and then I thought, Split? What does that mean? Split in half? That would make three of them. Oh wait, in America ‘split’ means to leave. Oh god, I’m slow. So, I took a while to respond. “No, no!” I finally replied.
“It took you a while!” said Jade.
“I was trying to think where we could sit to have the interview,” I said, sheepishly.
So those great moments of outtakes will be in an upcoming post. And yes, we discuss Davey’s tattoos. A little bit.
But for now, we can live in the music…
A FLAIR for the dramatic and a grasp on formulaic rock was lapped up by a legion of chain-sporting, corset-wearing Evanescence cohorts on Saturday night.
The gothic-tinged rock band’s popularity in Australia appears steady since their 2003 debut Fallen, although Rod Laver Arena was reduced to intimate mode for the performance.
Openers Blaqk Audio – the electro frenzy dreamed up by Davey Havok and Jade Puget of American band AFI – produced some pulsing and addictive synth throbs and beats that were held up at the seams by frontman Havok, who is clearly deft at on-stage theatrics and his voice is strangely suited to the overlay of seductive bass lines provided by Puget.
Dressed in a shiny pewter-coloured suit, Havok’s presence was all poses and prowess, matched by songs from their 2007 debut CexCells, which as the title suggests, is all about sex. During “Between Breaths (An XX Perspective)”, he dropped to his knees and purred some lines to the lacklustre audience. The band also premiered two songs from their forthcoming album Bright Black Heaven.
Evanescence – with frontwoman Amy Lee now solo at the helm after splitting with the original band – opened with “What You Want”, while the new line-up proved to be just as powerful and talented, yet still adjusting to be Lee’s back-ups.
Donning a dazzling purple-and-black sequined tutu, the pint-sized singer-songwriter appeared like an enigmatic fairy, swaying and serenading the crowd while her teeth-gnashing vocals pierced that mystic illusion. Well-known songs “Going Under”, “Call Me When You’re Sober” and “Lithium” were impressive slices of petri-dish rock that float between angelic, brooding vocals to beastly, harsh sounds coupled with epilepsy-inducing lights.
“Swimming Home” and “Sick” from their latest self-titled album were infectious and well-executed, but it was “Bring Me To Life” with the sour piano flourish before erupting into a flurry of drums and guitars that is still the best example of the Arkansas group’s rock instincts.
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