Watch: Evanescence Joined by Nita Strauss Onstage at Epicenter Festival
Guitarist Nita Strauss joined Evanescence onstage at the 2019 Epicenter Festival in North Carolina last week for a rousing performance of "Disappear." The song — receiving a live boost from the Alice Cooper band member and solo artist on Friday (May 10) — was first released as a bonus track on the Amy Lee-led group's eponymous 2011 album.
During Evanescence's headlining Epicenter slot, the two artists launched the unexpected concert collaboration in front of an enthusiastic festival audience, some of whom captured the action in real time. Watch the videos down toward the bottom of this post.
The gig from Evanescence could signal the start of a new era for the band. Epicenter was the fifth appearance from the act since they got back to rocking full-force after an intimate orchestral tour last year. Not only that, but a new album could be on the way next year, as Lee further detailed during an interview ahead of the group's fest performance.
"This is sort of a creation year for us," she told Sirius XM. "We're playing a few festivals and some headlining shows. … And in the time in between getting together and starting the writing process for a new album."
Both Strauss and Evanescence are out on respective U.S. tours throughout the summer, the former performing a pair of shows alongside Fozzy Wednesday (May 15) and Thursday (May 16). View all the dates after the clips.
Evanescence 2019 U.S. Tour Dates
May 15 – Washington, D.C. @ The Anthem
May 18 – Camden, N.J. @ MMRBQ Festival
May 19 – Uncasville, Ct. @ Mohegan Sun Arena
July 18 – Cadott, Wis. @ Rock Fest
July 28 – Bangor, Maine @ Impact Festival
Nita Strauss 2019 U.S. Tour Dates
May 15 – Greenville, S.C. @ The Firmament (with Fozzy)
May 16 – Greensboro, N.C. @ The Cone Denim Center (with Fozzy)
May 17 – Virgina Beach, Va. @ Lunatic Luau
May 19 – New York, N.Y. @ Iridium
May 21 – Teaneck, N.J. @ Debonair Music Hall
May 22 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Hard Rock Café
May 24 – Detroit, Mich. @ Token Lounge
May 25 – Ft Wayne, Ind. @ The Club at The Clyde
May 26 – Evanston, Ill. @ Evanston Rocks
May 29 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ Shank Hall
May 31 – Louisville, Ky. @ Zanzibar
June 1 – Cleveland, Ohio @ The Winchester
June 2 – Buffalo, N.Y. @ Ironworks
June 4 – New Bedford, Ma. @ Vault at Greasy Luck
June 5 – Stafford, Ct. @ Palace Theater
June 6 – Ardmore, Pa. @ The Ardmore Music Hall (with Paul Gilbert)
June 8 – Poughkeepsie, N.Y. @ The Chance (with Paul Gilbert)
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