Evanescence Co-Founder Ben Moody Leaves Band During Tour

Group continued with John LeCompt handling all guitar duties.

Early last month, Evanescence headed for Lisbon, Portugal, with spirits soaring. They were stoked about their successful European tour and excited to shoot a video for “My Immortal” in Barcelona on October 10. About two weeks later the bubble burst.

On the morning of an October 24 show in Berlin, guitarist and songwriter Ben Moody packed up his gear and flew home, the band’s manager said without giving a reason for the departure. Moody co-founded the band with singer Amy Lee in the late ’90s.

Shortly after Moody split, Lee told the British magazine Rock Sound, “You don’t do that to your band. You wouldn’t do that to your friends or your family. You don’t do that to anyone.”

Moody’s future with Evanescence is unclear, their manager said, and the band has continued its tour with second guitarist John LeCompt handling all six-string duties.

It wasn’t the first time this year Moody had problems in Deutschland. In June the group canceled a string of German shows because the guitarist fell ill. Lee first spoke about Moody’s departure at a concert last week in Manchester, England. “Ben flew home, but we didn’t want to let it cancel the tour again,” she said, according to Rock Sound.

Evanescence’s European tour runs through November 10 in London. The band will launch a North American tour on November 19 in Mexico City. Dates run through December 14 in Mississauga, Ontario. Three weeks later, the band will begin a tour of New Zealand, Australia and Japan.

For more on Evanescence, check out the feature “I’d Do Anything For Rock (But I Won’t Do That).”