After weeks on the festival circuit, Evanescence are set to embark on their first large-scale headlining tour.
Amy Lee, Ben Moody and company will top the marquee on the Nintendo Fusion Tour, a multi-band music-and-gaming fiesta promising to visit 25 North American cities, according to a Nintendo spokesperson. Although an itinerary has yet to be solidified, the trek gets rolling August 4 in Los Angeles and is expected to wind down in late September in the Northwest.
After playing a handful of shows in Spain and the U.K. last week, Evanescence were forced to cancel a run of shows in Germany when guitarist Moody fell ill. A string of seven Stateside shows, which begin Monday in Orlando, Florida, should be unaffected, a Wind-Up Records spokesperson said.
By the time the tour starts, Evanescence's second single off Fallen, "Going Under," should be as omnipresent as "Bring Me to Life" is at the moment (see "Evanescence Singer Pairs Metal Chains, Fairies For Upcoming Video"). Since its release in March, the band's debut has sold roughly 1.5 million copies, according to SoundScan.
Along for the Nintendo Fusion Tour ride will be Cold, fresh from announcing their withdrawal from the main stage of Lollapalooza, which kicks off July 5. Revis, Cauterize and Finger Eleven will round out the tour's openers.
In addition to the music, the Nintendo Fusion Tour will give concertgoers the chance to play upcoming titles such as "Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles," the latest in the RPG series developed exclusively for the Nintendo GameCube. Kiosks will be available to preview "Crystal Chronicles," slated for a November release, and other upcoming titles for the GameCube and Game Boy Advance.
For a full-length feature on Evanescence, check out "Evanescence: I'd Do Anything For Rock (But I Won't Do That)."