EVANESCENCE announces new guitarist
EVANESCENCE has recruited Emma Anzai of SICK PUPPIES to play bass on the Amy Lee-fronted outfit’s upcoming tour. In addition, EVANESCENCE’s longtime bassist Tim McCord will switch to guitar and fill the slot recently left vacant by the departure of Jen Majura.
Yesterday (Monday, May 23),EVANESCENCE issued the following statement: “Ladies and gentlemen, we have some very big news to share. Introducing our new guitarist… Tim McCord!!
“After 16 years in the band as our rock solid bass player, Tim is taking a turn on his original instrument. Spoiler alert- he’s great at it. And on bass, it is our extreme pleasure to welcome the incredibly talented Emma Anzai of SICK PUPPIES! We’ve been friends and fans for years, and the time has finally come to join forces. Emma will be pulling double duty as we have some shows with SICK PUPPIES coming up soon, so get ready for that!
“We are all very excited to bring this new formation to the stage for the first time in Athens on June 5. See you soon!”
In the comments section below EVANESCENCE‘s Instagram post, Lee added: “Making positive change in your life (and band) can be really hard. Some choices we make, some are made for us. But who we are in the end is how we handle whatever comes our way.
“You never know whats around the corner, but when something is right you know it’s right. And this feels so right. Welcome Emma! Love all you guys.”
Jen’s exit from EVANESCENCE was announced via social media on Saturday (May 21).
A few hours later, Jen took to her social media to clarify: “I feel the need to address that none of this was my decision! I have no hard feelings against anybody and I wish EVANESCENCE all the best. I am allowed to carry beautiful memories of these past years, I am grateful.”
The 38-year-old musician, a self-described “half-Asian living in Germany,” joined EVANESCENCE in August 2015 as the replacement for Terry Balsamo.
Regarding the fact that she didn’t even have to “audition” for EVANESCENCE, Jen said: “Yeah. To be honest, I was kind of concerned. I told [Amy], ‘Do you want me to bring my guitar?’ And, ‘Would you like me to audition?’ And she was totally, like: ‘Nah, I know you can play. I’ve seen plenty of videos of you. And I know your live experience and you’re touring the world, so… No, just come over and let’s have some food and talk.’ Yeah, and that’s it. So, actually, what I was surprised by very, very much was that she actually had another guitar player on her list, and that was the guitar player of Alice Cooper [Nita Strauss]. And she’s now with Alice Cooper and I’m now with EVANESCENCE. This is, like… I still can’t believe it.”
In 2019, Lee said she was happy to have Majura in the band. “She has added a lot to our live shows because she’s a singer,” Amy explained. “It has been a really awesome thing to have live background vocals for the first time. I am such a fan of layered vocals, and to have that better represented at our show has been a cool breakthrough for me. And also, she’s just rad energy. She’s got a great attitude, fun personality, very engaging, killer onstage, so she has been a fun addition to our family. And of course, it’s awesome having another girl in the band for the first time.”
Last year, EVANESCENCE released “The Bitter Truth”, its first album in 10 years.