Amy Lee knows that Evanescence fans hope for something shorter than a five-year wait for the group's next album. But she's not making promises either way.
"I only get into that (creative) mode when I'm home and finally separated from the chaos of public life," Lee, who's currently out with Evanescence headlining this summer's Carnival of Madness tour, tells Billboard.com. Lee does, however, have a batch of material that she worked on in the initial stages of the group's latest album, 2011's "Evanescence," which was scrapped when she changed producers (from Steve Lillywhite to Nick Raskulinecz) but may offer a starting point for what comes next.
"I definitely have a lot of songs and ideas and things we haven't shared yet, and I still believe in them," Lee says. "Whenever we have a song or an idea or anything, whether it's Evanescence or whether it's not Evanescence...it can be anything, I just hope that if it's good I have an opportunity to share it with everybody. So we'll see; you may still get your chance to hear all this stuff."
Meanwhile, Evanescence is enjoying its Carnival of Madness run. It's something of a victory lap for "Evanescence," the long-awaited follow-up to 2006's "The Open Door," and Lee says the album, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 last October, is "a really positive thing in my life. This has been a lot of going out there and seeing new things and being able to have some new inspiration. So the writing will come. I'm not worried about that."
Evanescence wraps up the Carnival of Madness tour on Sept. 2 and has a short U.K. swing planned for November. Some other dates may be added to the schedule, but Lee intends to have the touring cycle wrapped up by the holidays. "The first order of business is going to be to soak up some good family time," she says. "The older I get, it's not just about kids of my own but just spending time with my living family. That's something I really end up missing a lot on the road, just down-home family time with my husband and my parents and my grandparents, cousins, weddings, funerals, family gathering. You miss a lot of that stuff when you're on the road, and it's starting to hit me that, 'Oh, I can't get that back...' "
Nevertheless, there's still more to come from "Evanescence." The tracks "The Other Side" and "Lost in Paradise" are both being worked as singles, with a video planned for the latter after Carnival of Madness wraps.
"That whole thing has gotten confusing to me," Lee notes. "In some countries they're going with one single at one time and another one in America and blah, blah, blah...When it's just a radio single and you're not making a video, I kind of lose interest, anyway. And, for me, it's really less about radio than it ever has been. I don't feel like radio is the driving force of what makes people buy music anymore. So what is a single, then? A single is just somebody's favorite song."