EVANESCENCE singer Amy Lee came to the defense of Britney Spears after a fan named "Strat" posted a YouTube video making fun of the troubled pop star using one of EVANESCENCE's songs. "OK, hold on a second. I have to post that I in NO WAY am going to endorse any kind of Britney bashing after everything she's been through," Lee wrote at the EVANESCENCE forum. "I can't control what people put on YouTube or anywhere else on the internet, but I would NEVER want my picture or our music connected to something that's based on getting enjoyment out of someone's pain. I know what it's like to feel manipulated, used and helpless - so do most of you, that's why you're here — and by now I know what it's like to feel like your entire life is open to the world for judgement. I don't read tabloids and I don't care about celebrity, but it is impossible to escape the whole world just loving to watch her suffer. Remember that this is a human being we're talking about — and who wants to be like those horrible people that have hurt you to feel better about themselves? 'Everybody's Fool' is about the fact that the whole celebrity thing is fake and empty. I think Britney Spears is more aware of that now than anyone. I'm not trying to burn you at the stake, Strat, but it would mean alot to me if you'd take your clip down. Love, Amy. P.S.: Tabloids are dumb. Don't buy them."
EVANESCENCE will be the featured musical guests on ABC-TV's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on the March 14 episode (which will actually air the morning of March 15 beginning at 12:05 a.m.).
EVANESCENCE recently announced the second leg of U.S. dates on its world tour. The group, featuring Amy Lee (vocals, piano, keyboards), Terry Balsamo (guitar), John LeCompt (guitar), Rocky Gray (drums), and Tim McCord (bass), will perform 14 dates in arenas. The tour kicks off in Fresno, CA on March 16 and runs across the U.S. with the final show scheduled for April 5 in Glens Falls, NY. CHEVELLE and FINGER ELEVEN will join EVANESCENCE on this tour. EVANESCENCE is also planning a third U.S. leg which will bring the band to arenas in major markets in the late spring/early summer.
EVANESCENCE's latest album, "The Open Door", has sold 1.55 million copies in the United States since its October release.