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Evanescence Brings Tour to Life

By Natalie Finn Fri Aug 11, 10:33 AM ET

Evanescence didn't fade away, it was just regrouping.

In anticipation of the October release of the band's second studio album, the Little Rock, Arkansas-based quintet announced Thursday that tickets for the North American leg of their upcoming world tour go on sale Aug. 19.

The tour kicks off Oct. 5 in Toronto and finishes up on this side of the pond Oct. 29 in San Francisco. The Open Door, which Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee says "embraces the whole me," hits stores Oct. 3.

Evanescence's debut album, Fallen, has sold more than 14 million copies worldwide since dropping in 2003, buoyed by the singles "Bring Me to Life" and "My Immortal." But success didn't ensure stability and later that year guitarist and principal songwriter Ben Moody left the band, vaguely citing "creative differences" as the reason.

Later, Lee somewhat explained: "We'd gotten to a point that if something didn't change, we wouldn't have been able to make a second record."

Bassist William Boyd also took a powder last month, with Lee posting a message on the band's Website stating that Boyd couldn't "go through with another huge tour right now, and wants to stay a little closer to his family instead."

With that in mind, Evanescence currently consists of Lee, guitarist Terry Balsamo, guitarist John LeCompt, drummer Rocky Gray and new bass player Tim McCord.

"It's been two years since we stopped touring," Lee told MTVNews.com. "So it's been awhile, and I'm a little nervous, but I�m mostly just excited. By the end of touring the last time, we were just dying to write more songs and play some new material. So, by now, after all the recording and writing and creating, we're just ready to get back out there and play it and see how it goes again."

The first single from The Open Door is the pointedly titled "Call Me When You're Sober," which Lee admitted is mainly about her ex-boyfriend, Seether frontman Shaun Morgan, who checked into rehab last month.

"The song is very personal," Lee said. "It was very brave for me, the lyric writing, because I was just sick of hiding behind metaphors in all that I had been writing. So much of the record was about the turmoil I was going through, with choosing between happiness and comfort. In the end, I had to choose happiness and health for myself�I am totally in support of Shaun, and I'm really happy for him."

And in the process, she has made many Evanescence fans who have been waiting three years for a new album very happy, as well.

"I'm just totally dying to get it out," Lee said. "It seems like it's been forever since Fallen."

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