Evanescence, Blaqk Audio @ The Royal Theatre, Canberra (23/03/12)

It’s been almost five years since Evanescence hit Australian shores on their tour back in 2007, and Friday night at the Royal Theatre proved to fans that they still know how to deliver a solid, intense live show.

A varied turn out to the concert flooded the foyer of the Royal Theatre, dressed in everything from gothic inspired ensembles and black leather jackets to revealing tops and heels. Fashions aside, no one knew what to expect of the international rock sensations.

Support act, Blaqk Audio slickly vamped the crowd for the opening of the tour. As the electronic side project of AFI’s frontman Davey Havok and guitarist Jade Puget, it was the duo’s first time playing outside of the United States under the new name. Despite the change, Blaqk Audio’s sound was still familiar to fans, with Havok’s distinguished arcane vocals and sombre lyrics. The crowd were instantly enticed by the synthesised act along with Havok’s fluorescent theatrics on stage, gripping fans with amazing lighting to accompany the set. With their last song, Blaqk Audio payed their respects and prepped the venue for the act to come.

After a few suspenseful sound checks, the lights were finally dimmed and Evanescence were welcomed to the stage by deafening applause. It didn’t take long for the Grammy award winning rock group to get the crowd up on their feet, kicking straight into action with their single What You Want from their newly released self titled album. Fists were pumping, heads were banging and hearts were pounding as songstress Amy Lee tore the roof off the Royal Theatre with her renowned heart-wrenching vocals. Die-hard fans who had long awaited the return of the gothic-rock group were nestled tightly together in the female dominated mosh pit, screaming along to every track. Not even a slight instrumental error by Lee could disappoint fans – laughing along with the crowd, she continued to deliver an astonishing, breathtaking performance.

The 16-song set, consisting of old as well as new material, seemed almost too short to pay tribute to the band’s faithful years of rocking and copious tracks of show-stopping talent. The band concluded with single My Immortal, which received a standing ovation from an elated crowd.

It’s not every day that Canberra is treated to a captivating live show, let alone an internationally acclaimed rock band. The rumours surrounding Evanescence’s ability to perform live were well and truly smashed, and Canberrans will be eagerly awaiting their return.