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Hey! You're Not Amy Lee! WTF?!

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With lead singer Amy Lee leaving Evanescence to pursue a new path, fans wondered what the rest of the band would do.

Now, we know. They've fallen, or rather, changed their name to Fallen and have acquired a brand new leading lady: American Idol finalist Carly Smithson.

The Irish lass was a favorite among her Idol season and now joins the once adored rock group to create a new, yet familiar sound. Her band includes Evanescence guitarist and songwriter Ben Moody, drummer Rocky Gray, guitarist John Lecompt and bassist Marty O'Brian, the only other musician not in the original band.

We won't get to hear any of the goods until Monday, when they release a free download of their first song on their website. We can't imagine anyone else being able to keep up with the strength and power of Amy Lee's vocals, but we'd liked to be pleasantly surprised.

[Image via Douglas Sonders Photography.]

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126 comments to “Hey! You're Not Amy Lee! WTF?!”

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    Little late, P. Still, I agree. I don't think Carly has the chops to keep up with Amy.

  3. 3

    Good for Carly. She deserves a second chance to be famous.

  4. 4

    that scene is so last year. they wont make money.

  5. 5

    Amy was awesome, I must say. But, Evanescence is still around? I did not know.

  6. 6

    aw that sucks .. no one will ever be able to replace amy!

  7. 7

    amy lee 4ever!! :P

  8. 8

    That is so dumb. Evanescence was such a great band, but after their first album it went to shit. The second album was okay. Carly Smithson is amazing but she is not Amy Lee. I think she should find her own gig, but she does look like Amy Lee and has a similar voice, just not as good as the OG.

  9. 9

    please, NO ONE could replace amy!

  10. 10

    I see it…
    Kick ass move
    4 Smithson.
    Rock on.

  11. 11

    this COULD be really good…have to wait and see I guess.

  12. 12

    I'm actually really excited!!! It's a good thing that they changed the name of the bad, cuz that would have been weird… But Carly does have a great rock voice so with some good music, they could definitely do something. I can't wait until Monday to hear what they come out with!

  13. 13

    This fucking pisses me OFF!!!! I hate when fucking bands try recreate themselves with a new lead singer. Just like Fucking Drowning Pool when David Williams passed away. YOU'RE NOT AMY LEE AND YOU NEVER WILL BE!!! Fucks Sake! They will go NOWHERE without Amy. Cant wait 2hear all the shit they talk about Amy as well.

    Can anyone else tell that Amy Lee is my Idol? Lol.

  14. 14

    hell yes! super pumped over this! have been waiting for carly to put music out and this seems like the perfect opportunity for her!

  15. 15

    amy was da shit !! i cant wait to her her solo stuff !! >_

  16. 16

    I bet Amy found Jesus, repented and is pursing the Christian music route.

  17. 17

    carly can sing but amy voice is fuckin amazing i love evanescence i try to get everyone i know to listen but of course all they know is r&b and hip hop

  18. 18

    This writer is boring and too formal. Also, Evanescence sucks. Fire this bitch, Perez.

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  20. 20

    Carly sings WAYYY BETTER than that bitch Amy.

  21. 21

    I heard that the 3 band members had a falling out with Amy Lee and left. Amy still tours under the evanescence name.

    Source: Amy Lee's Home State News Channels

  22. 22

    Hmmm interesting. I liked her on AI so we'll see how she is :)

  23. 23

    FINALLY!! I loved her on American Idol.

  24. 24

    Um, Amy Lee did not LEAVE Evanescence. She is still in the band. Ben Moody, John and Rocky WERE part of Evanescence in the past, but now they've formed The Fallen with Carly. They are not Evanescence. Get it straight.

  25. 25

    Technically Ben, Rocky and John haven't been apart of Evanescence for the past couple years seeing as how fame blew up Amy's ego… so they created their OWN band…

    Yes, Amy was the 'presence' of the band, however she and Ben created the group together… so he has as much right to the artistic-ness as she does.

    Personally, I'm looking forward to The Fallen… should be amazing.. they've got a great vocalist AND great musicians!

  26. 26

    It might work–Amy and Carly are sort of similar. We'll see. Not really into Evanescance anyway.

  27. 27

    For one Amy is still in Evanescence, no solo album has been confirmed.
    Two I am not going to say anything bad about the band until we hear their sound on Monday.
    Three she will never be as good as Amy
    & four Amy is not leaving Evanescence get your freaking facts straight.

  28. 28

    Ben moody WAS evanescence without him they were nothing, he also worked with Avril on the brilliant "nobodies home" and became good friends getting matching tatoos together.

  29. 29

    i used to love evanescence and i had no idea amy lee leaved!! OMG!!! noooooo!!! i just hope that in the future she will still making good music

  30. u says – reply to this


    Perez!!! get your shit straight!!! amy its NOT leaving evanescence, the that were part of these group are now part of a new one amy is still in evanescence whit the other two gays so… Perez before you post things at least do some investigation you ASS HOLE!!!

  31. 31

    Cathy Lee's "daughter" ? She's not as LOUD-MOUTHED AS CATHY LEE………or as boring, I'm sure.

  32. 32

    Carly always reminded me of Amy! I'm glad the band is going to make new music, finally, with or without Amy, since she obviously just ditched them. Hope Fallen does something great. Never as good as the album "Fallen", probably, but still, something even half as great would still be better than most of the crap rock music out there.

  33. 33

    Strength and power of Amy Lee's vocals? Hahaha. She's no Sinead O'Connor.

  34. DALE says – reply to this


    It's funny perez said years ago that he hated evanescence.

  35. 35

    Carly is the PERFECT "replacement" for Amy! Their voices are very simlar and they could easily sing the same songs. Carly even sang "Bring Me To Life" on the American Idol tour last year.

  36. 36

    Man, that sucks ass. I love Amy Lee, I hope she comes back soon. I think everyone shouldn't judge so quick until we hear their new songs. It could be good or it could suck major balls but we will not know until Monday.

  37. 37

    Amy is still with Evanescence, this is an entirely new band founded by former members of Evanescence…Carly is no where near the talent that Amy Lee is. I'm incredibly surprised they picked her actually, that's the best they could get? Yikes. And I don't think there's a place for this music industry right now, as someone pointed out, this "scene" isn't dominating right now. Heard from My Chemical Romance lately either? Nope.

  38. 38

    Amy Lee didn't leave Evanesence you total dickwad, Ben left and she fired Rocky and John.

  39. 39

    Could be interesting.. I'd give her a chance before burning her at the stake.

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  41. 41

    That totaly suxs!!! no one has a voice like amy lee!!!

  42. 42

    Amy did not leave Ev, they're on a break.

    and this chick sucks.

  43. LAWA says – reply to this


    i loveeeeeee amy leeeeeeee no one cud eva replace her init xx

  44. 44

    the signer is the soul of a band

  45. 45

    She sang "Bring Me To Life" by Evanescence on the Idol tour and it was really good, actually. She wasn't even my favorite contestant, but at the concert, she did the best in my opinion.

  46. 46

    They did change the band name unlike a ton of other bands who try to carry on with new lead singers. I have to give them credit for that. I have always gotten a very bitchy vibe from Amy so I was never really a fan. Love Carly though!

  47. 47

    WTF!? When did Amy Lee leave the band…and WHY? Ugh, more deets please.

  48. 48

    fuck ben fuck john and fuck rocky
    maybe now they will see that this band will never ever EVERRRR have the same impact as it did with Amy

  49. 49

    I'm thinking this is a completely different band from Evanescence.
    I'm excited about Carly, though I never really saw her in this 'style' I loved her on Idol… she's smexy.

  50. 50

    OMG are you fucking shitting me? i thought amy was getting back together!!!

  51. 51

    omg… ARE YOU FUCKING SHITTING ME???i thought amy was getting back together with the band!!!! NOOOO!!! MY LIFE IS OVER!!! I LOVE EVANESCENCE AND AMY LEE AND T HE BAND AND I DONT WANT THEM TO MAKE A NEW BAND…. honestly my life is over… i cant live in a world without evanescence… i love them too much… amy doing a solo thing will ruin everything she made!!!
    oh and i actually hate carly smithson… i saw her on americal idol and shes soo fucking WHINY!!!!!!

  52. 52

    Not gonna let their new sound destroy my memory of the band.

  53. 53

    I'm wicked excited about this.

  54. 54

    How dare they! is this supposed to be a shot against Amy? Even naming themselves after the bands first album?

    Whatever. She's no Amy Lee. No competition. I hope she goes solo, I think she'll do great this way. She doesn't need these fools.

  55. 55

    I don't think they could have found a better replacement than Carly. She's similar enough to fit with their style but different enough not to be confused with Amy Lee.

  56. 56

    How dare they replace one fat bitch with another fat bitch!!!

  57. 57

    Perez, you have got this all wrong. Evanescence is still alive and kicking. They will be releasing new music next year. The ex-band members of Evanescence created a completely new band called "The Fallen" and got C. Smithson as the lead singer.

    This, of course, will be an epic fail, and the REAL Evanescence (the one with Amy Lee) will grace the top of the charts next year. :)

  58. 58

    I have no idea who this Carly chick is, seeing as I don't watch American Idol.
    And I was a bit skeptical at first about this. Like wtf Moody WOULD do something like this and make another Evanescence band.
    BUT then I realized, wtf Amy Lee isn't doing anything with the band and Ben Moody was an amazing songwriter so this band could be really good. Ev's 1st album was the best and then The Open Door wasn't the same or nearly as good, and I think the reason for that was because Moody wasn't a part of it. So yeah, I hope this is some good shit cus Amy isn't doing anything.

  59. 59

    What the feck?
    Seems kinda pointless. That ship has already sunk.
    And wtf is Amy doing on her own? Getting fatter? She hasn't done any work at all in years. And I love her.

  60. 60

    i loved carly and idolll!
    i hope they do well!

  61. 61

    Re: dannycastillo – New music next year? Where did you hear this news?

  62. 62

    It will be new material right? They won't sing the same songs as before. I have no idea who this carly chick is but will find out!

  63. 63

    All these people who are pissing themselves over Amy Lee's voice have obviously never heard her sing live.

  64. 64

    Evanescence havne't broken up. Ben moody is an old member and has formed the band with Carly. Get it right

  65. 65

    This is really really strange. I check out the song on Monday but nothing is as good as Amy Lee's voice.

  66. 66

    If anyone can "keep up with the strength and power of Amy Lee's vocals," it is Carly. She's got some serious pipes on her!

  67. 67

    oh wow!! amy lee jst posted on evthread.com where she titles her blog "will the real slim shady please stand up!" scandelouZz wonder what she meant my that hmmm

  68. 68

    Re: panjshj – go to evthread…amy jst posted a blog saying shes writing and will have new upcoming music next yr….hope this helps

  69. 69

    WTF!! WTF!!! WTF!!!
    I find it kind of funny how all the people with either Miley or the Jonas brothers as their avatar dont find anything wrong with this. That just proved me right when i always said "if u like disney then your small minded and have terrible taste"
    So okay. WHAT THE FXCKK!!!! Evanescence is NOTHING without Amy Lee. I hope this band plummets badly. Carly will never live up to Amy Lee. I used to like Carly Smithson. But now i hate her. >.

  70. 70

    Back in March, I made it a point to ask guitarist Terry Basalmo of COLD AND Evanescence, what Amy was currently up to. He said she is taking a year off and working on new material. He said she is also working on a movie score. NOTHING was said about Evanescence being finito.

  71. 71

    i reeeally hope amy releases a solo album.
    it would be amazing.

  72. 72

    Hm. Interesting. I'll give their music a listen.

  73. 73

    Carly is a technical, emotional and brilliantly talented singer. Any attachment she forms with any group will benefit. I love her! Even if this venture doesn't pan out for her, I think she's one of the most talented singers in the pop circuit right now and she will do well regardless. Go Carly! Your talent is inspiring!

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  76. 76

    WTF?!?!?!?!??!?!??! Evanescence is one of my favorite bands!!!!! WHY??????!?!!!?!?!?!?! = ' (

  77. 77

    Um Perez, you may want to fact-check that. I sure don't recall Amy leaving Evanescence. What I do remember is most of the guys leaving or being fired by the 2nd album. Moody wrote all my fave songs on their 1st album so this should be interesting. I like Carly's voice well enough live and think this sort of music would really suit her. So I am looking forward to this!

  78. 78

    Nooooooooooooooooo Amy can't leave it will never be the same again. lol

  79. 79

    Why oh Why AMY LEE? Come backkkkkk!

  80. 80

    I dont f%^kin think so.

  81. 81

    dude, is everyone here on crack or something, Ben walked out of the band in 2003, and John and Rocky got the sack in 2008…. Evanescence is STILL TOGETHER, just cause they are not putting an album out ever five minutes like some other bands, doesn't mean they've broken up. Ben has also been threatening to release a solo album since he walked out mid-tour in '03. Next time, try google… search EVANESCENCE or THE OPEN DOOR…

    P.S. - Evanescence is Amy Lee (vocal, song-writer, piano, harp) Tim McCord (Bass) Terry Balsamo (guitar, song-writer)

  82. 82

    Re: SerenityFair – SHE HASN'T GONE ANYWHERE

  83. 83

    Love Amy Lee. She still rocks as my fav singer.

  84. 84

    that's my bitch!! so excited to hear that i will hear more of Carly - I only watched AI b/c of her. anyone that doesn't think carly is as good (or better) then amy is insane - carly can sing any "Heart" song out there and make it sound great……not many can do that……wtg carly!!

  85. 85

    all the members of this band "Fallen" are former members of Evanescence. Ben Moody is an alcoholic asshole who is jelous of Amy's fame. Fallen is probably going to be nothing but christian music since he's in the band :/
    on a nicer note lol, i really liked carly in AI, so i hope it sounds okay for her sake.
    final comment. Evanescence is not broken up. these are former members lol

  86. 86

    lets be honest amy lee WAS the band and the band is nothing without her so this is a waste of time lol

    cant wait for her solo stuff though :D

  87. 87

    That bitch has nothing on amy lee . amy lee was everything with out her they are shit. go amy……

  88. CCee says – reply to this


    Marty O'Brien his hot!

  89. cdv says – reply to this


    Its a music posting that ISN'T about Katy Perry or Lady BlahBlah…… we should be celebrating! But ya think for this one post, Mario would get his facts right……..NO!
    This is a new band, ya twerp. You cite a source about Amy Lee leaving the band and it doesn't even say that. Please take some classes to become a real journalist.

  90. 90

    I don't know what to say. All my fave bands with female lead singers are falling apart, first Nightwish and Tarja and now Amy Lee and Evanescence. What's next, Within Temptation?
    I just hope this new singer Carly don't mess up with the band's performances.

  91. 91

    -shakes head sadly-

    Epic fail waiting to happen. =(

  92. 92

    That's sooo great!!! I absolutely LOVE Carly and I think that's she's probably one of the very few female vocalists that can replase Amy and do well =) I'm thrilled to hear the band's first single with Carly and Ben in the picture again!!!

  93. 93

    Awesome news - love Carly!!

  94. 94

    Re: iTonks – Carly's voice if amazing…..i think she'll do wonderfully and get the break she's always been hoping for.

  95. 95

    invalid, you are fucking right..NO ONE COULD REPLACE AMY LEE

  96. 96

    Whatever, Amy. I hope Carly rawks you onto the D-list.

  97. 97

    i'm sure she's going to fail, cause everyone will compare her to amy lee, who btw is awsome.

  98. 98

    You got it all wrong Perez!!!!!!!!

    This is a new band with the OLD-Evanescence members… and that band is called: The Fallen.

    the current Evanescence WITH Amy Lee is on hiatus and working on new music and will be back next year!!!

  99. 99

    Carly doesn't sound anything like Amy lee, and I'm sure she isn't trying to "replace" her. When ben Moody left Evanescence, it just wasn't the same. I think that ben leaving made the second album less than stellar. And I'm super excited to hear what 'fallen' creates!

  100. 100

    never have as good of a voice as amy lee…
    i liked her and she may have been my favorite… but i'm not feelin it for the whole evanescence thing…

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