‘American Idol’ season one champ Kelly Clarkson, former Evanescence guitarist Ben Moody, and former pornographer turned Society 1 singer Billy Zane were videotaped TPing the home of Evanescence singer Amy Lee after NRG Studios received a special plaque for work with did with Evanescence on their debut ‘Fallen’. The commemoration didn’t feature Moody, even though he wrote the record. After Moody stomped on the plaque, they decided to deliver it to Lee’s home with the toilet paper. Moody is currently working with Clarkson on her follow-up to ‘Breakaway’. YouTube has since removed the video.
MTV News recently spoke to former Evanescence guitarist Ben Moody about his departure from the group and his upcoming solo album. Asked how he felt about the split with time away to gain perspective, Moody responded, “I have a lot more peace about it, even more than the day I left. … I still feel it was the right decision because Evanescence has carried on, and they’ve had great success since me. So I know for a fact I made the right choice. If I stayed, I think Amy and I would have destroyed it because we just weren’t heading in the same direction; we were pulling it in two different directions. It was bad.” The full story and video at MTV.com has since been removed.
Rock acts on television this week include ‘American Idol’ season four runner-up Bo Bice, who performs on ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ on Monday and ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ on Wednesday; the Transplants, who perform on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on Tuesday; former Evanescence guitarist Ben Moody, who visits ‘Daily Download’ on Tuesday; and Sugar Ray, who perform on ‘The Tonight Show’ on Friday.
Former Evanescence guitarist Ben Moody is out with the video to his debut single ‘Everything Burns’, featuring Anastascia, from the forthcoming soundtrack ‘Fantastic Four: The Album’. Watch it online below.
Amy Lee tells The Oklahoman that the departure of Evanescence founding guitarist Ben Moody in October 2003 altered the band’s dynamic. Now, guitarist John LeCompt, bassist William Boyd, drummer Rocky Gray, and Moody’s replacement, former Cold guitarist Terry Balsamo, are part of the creative process. “Without Ben, we’re all free,” she said. “We’re all part of a band — it’s not so much of a monarchy. We’re all becoming … I don’t know how to describe it other than just more of a band.” Backtracking for a moment, Lee added, “I wish I hadn’t said ‘monarchy.’ It’s hard for me to describe. I would have said ‘dictatorship,’ but that wouldn’t work, because I was involved, too. It was more along the lines of, Ben and I did everything and told everyone else what to do. As much as, at times, I would have liked to change that, it really wasn’t something Ben wanted to do.”
Evanescence had their first reunion since co-founders Amy Lee and Ben Moody parted ways in the middle of their European tour was onstage Sunday at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, and it wasn’t a happy one. “We didn’t really say anything,” Lee, the group’s lead singer, told reporters backstage. “We just said congratulations. It was kind of strange.” Moody explained, “Amy and I spent eight years together, and spent that time at a very early age. By the time we became 22 and 23 we were just entirely different people. One day I just heard a voice that said you got to leave.”
Christie Eliezer of Australia’s Beat magazine spoke with Evanescence singer Amy Lee about the band’s next album, which will see the group trying to bounce back from the surprise departure of guitarist Ben Moody, who has since been replaced, for now anyways, with Cold guitarist Terry Balsamo. Former Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland who worked with Lee on the soundtrack to ‘Underworld’ is keen to produce some tracks. “I’m open to all kinds of ideas at the moment,” she said. “I listen back to ‘Fallen’ and realize we could have done so much more. Let’s see what happens as the songs emerge. Wes and I talked recently. He’s a good writer.” Asked about the lyrical direction she’s headed in, Lee said, “Everything. I’ve had so much building up – I’ve grown up so much in the last year – that all these things are flowing out. A lot of what’s happened starts to make sense when you put it into context of a song. Right now, I avoid reading magazines because the media’s really slamming me. You learn not to feel guilty and just be yourself.”
Evanescence appeared on MuchMusic on Sunday (December 14) where singer Amy Lee was asked why her former best friend and founding member Ben Moody left the group. “I don’t know. I would like to ask him,” Lee said. “He changed his number. But it gets to a point sometimes, in this situation very early on, that your heart isn’t in it, and when your heart isn’t in something, it messes it up for all of you. All of us, including Ben, are happier now. Thank you.” She expanded on the two not speaking yet saying, “I don’t know what to say. ‘Hey, dude, what’s up?’ I don’t know. We’ll talk eventually. I think we ended up at one of the same after-parties at an awards ceremony, but I didn’t see him.” As for the mystery surrounding the whole situation, Lee says, “You have to be there to understand. It’s one of those things where we were in a bad situation, kind of like perpetually, and it was kind of an ongoing negative vibe and something had to give, and it did.”
MTV News spoke with Evanescence singer Amy Lee at the American Music Awards, where she indicated that Ben Moody’s departure from the group appears to be permanent. “I actually haven’t had any contact with him at all,” Lee said. “But I hear he’s way happier, and I know we all are, so it’s for the best. It was just kind of an unhealthy situation for everybody. Everyone was really unhappy. I think it was just time to evolve.” Read more.