Evanescence lead guitarist Ben Moody abruptly left the Arkansas-based band last month in Berlin in the midst of a world tour. A Wind-Up spokesperson would only confirm, "Ben is not on the current date

Evanescence lead guitarist Ben Moody abruptly left the Arkansas-based band last month in Berlin in the midst of a world tour. A Wind-Up spokesperson would only confirm, "Ben is not on the current dates." Second guitarist John LeCompt has been subbing for Moody ever since.

The band's official Web site says "the tour will continue as planned when the band returns to the States," although it is unclear if Moody will rejoin. The guitarist was spotted earlier this week at Juanita's, a Little Rock, Ark., bar.

Evanescence will be in Europe through a Nov. 10 show in London. The North American portion of the tour begins Nov. 19 in Mexico City, with Wind-Up labelmates Finger Eleven and Seether in tow. The group is also scheduled to perform Nov. 16 at the American Music Awards, where its self-titled debut is nominated for best pop/rock album.

"Evanescence" has been one of the biggest new rock success stories of the year, having sold 2.7 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, and 6 million worldwide, according to the label.


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