Evanescence will add a new feather to its live performance cap at tomorrow’s (Dec. 8) Billboard Music Awards, when the group is joined by an eight-piece string section for its rendition of “My Immortal.” The collective spent more than an hour last night rehearsing the number at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena, at one point pausing for a few bars of Metallica’s “One” between takes.
David Campbell, the father of singer/songwriter Beck, crafted the string arrangement. “It’s cool to do the song like this for the first time,” guitarist Terry Balsalmo told Billboard.com. “It gives it a real different element.” A stage backdrop of knotted, decaying trees will accent the tune, which showcases the powerful vocals of frontwoman Amy Lee.
Having just released the CD/DVD “Anywhere But Home,” Evanescence is more or less finished promoting its smash Wind-Up debut, “Fallen.” Balsalmo says the group will take a break for the holidays before regrouping in January to get moving on a new album. “The stuff we have so far is different, but it’s still Evanescence,” he says. “I think everybody will be happy.”
Once Evanescence finished rehearsing, the stage was occupied by Green Day for several runs through its new single, “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” which jumped 2-1 this week on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart.
Between takes, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong (wearing a “Jesus” nametag on his shirt) warmed up on guitar by rattling off Van Halen licks, portions of “Dueling Banjos” and the intro to the Beatles’ “Day Tripper.”
While production staff checked sound levels and camera angles, Green Day took the opportunity to run through the nine-minute, multi-part suite “Homecoming,” from its latest Reprise album, “American Idiot.” The group will perform the set in its entirety tonight during a special show at Las Vegas’ the Joint.