EVANESCENCE's 'Bring Me To Life' video surpasses one billion views on YouTube
EVANESCENCE’s music video for the group’s breakthrough 2003 hit “Bring Me To Life” has surpassed one billion views on YouTube. The Philipp Stölzl-directed clip, which was uploaded to YouTube in December of 2009, was filmed in Romania in January 2003. It features singer Amy Lee in a night gown and barefoot, in her room, inside a tall building in the city at night. The rest of the band is playing on a higher floor of the building.
The album version of “Bring Me to Life” — which featured guest vocals from Paul McCoy of 12 STONES — was included on the soundtrack of superhero film “Daredevil”.
Stölzl previously stated about the video: “On the one hand, it brings out the most catchy part of the song, the bridge, the duet with the male and female vocals. On the other hand, it reflects the ‘Daredevil’ soundtrack background of the song. I did not know if I would have to use a stunt double for most of the angles, which would have restricted me a lot, but then it turned out that Amy did everything herself, hanging on Paul’s arm for hours without getting tired. In the end, she is the one who made that shot strong.”
Last year, Amy spoke to Germany’s Sonic Seducer about the lyrical inspiration for “Bring Me To Life”. The song reached No. 5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and was EVANESCENCE’s first U.K. No. 1 single.
“I remember what I wrote ‘Bring Me To Life’ about, because I wrote it about my current husband before we were married,” she said. “There was this moment — I was in a tough place and in a bad relationship. And my husband now, Josh, at the time was just a friend and a person that I barely knew; it was maybe the third or fourth time we’d ever met. And we went in to go grab a seat at a restaurant while our friends parked the car. And we sat across from each other, and he looked at me and he just said, ‘So, are you happy?’ And it took me so off guard, and I just felt like it pierced my heart, because I felt like I had been pretending really well, and it was, like, somebody could see through me. And then that whole first verse came out of it: ‘How can you see into my eyes, like open doors.’ It really made me feel and recognize the sense of yearning that I had to get to a better place. And it really kind of set me out on a journey. And it’s amazing that that became the song, the first song that broke us on to the scene and made everyone hear of us, because it was about something — I don’t know — something so personal that I was recognizing in my life.”
Last March, Lee told Alternative Press that EVANESCENCE’s original record label Wind Up threatened not to release the group’s debut album, “Fallen”, if she and her bandmates didn’t add a male voice to lead single “Bring Me To Life” to make it more palatable for radio.
“Fallen” sold 17 million copies and won two Grammys, including “Best Rock Performance” for “Bring Me To Life”.
EVANESCENCE joins other hard rock and heavy metal artists who have made it to the Billion Views Club: AC/DC (“”Thunderstruck”), METALLICA (“Nothing Else Matters”), GUNS N’ ROSES (“Sweet Child O’ Mine” and “November Rain”), LINKIN PARK (“Numb”) and QUEEN (“Bohemian Rhapsody”).
EVANESCENCE’s latest album, “The Bitter Truth”, arrived in March 2021 via BMG. It was EVANESCENCE’s first album of original music in ten years.