Evanescence Announce Dates For Spring North American Tour

Chevelle, Finger Eleven will support.

For Evanescence, much of the last five months has been spent performing live gigs and promoting The Open Door, the band’s sophomore release. Amy Lee’s posse performed for thousands across the U.S. before crossing the pond to tour Europe, and next month they’re hitting Japan and Australia.

Their world tour just got a lot longer: On Friday afternoon, the band released dates for the second leg of the North American trek — and said a third leg will be announced soon, which will carry the group into the early summer (see “Evanescence Live In NYC: Amy Lee Headbangs, Serenades Her ‘New Hometown’ “ and “Evanescence Set For Fall Tour; Amy Lee Reveals Inspiration Behind ‘Sober’ “ ).

So far, Evanescence has scheduled 14 U.S. gigs, beginning on March 16 in Fresno, California. Tickets for all of the shows on this leg — which includes a March 25 stop in the band’s hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas — will go on sale January 27.

The Open Door has sold nearly 1.5 million copies since its release in late September (see “Evanescence Butcher The Killers In Battle For Billboard #1″ ), and earlier this month, Lee announced that she’s gotten engaged to her boyfriend of more than a year, a psychiatrist named Josh (his last name has not been disclosed).

Joining Evanescence for this upcoming run of arenas will be Chevelle and labelmates Finger Eleven. Chevelle will release Vena Sera, their fifth studio LP, April 3; Finger Eleven will issue Them vs. You vs. Me on March 6.

Evanescence tour dates, according to the band’s publicist:

· 3/16 – Fresno, CA @ Selland Arena
· 3/17 – Las Vegas, NV @ Pearl / Palm Hotel
· 3/19 – Las Cruces, NM @ Pan American Center
· 3/21 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Ford Center
· 3/22 – Council Bluffs, IA @ Mid American Center
· 3/23 – Cedar Rapids, IA @ U.S. Cellular Center
· 3/25 – Little Rock, AR @ Alltel Arena
· 3/27 – Louisville, KY @ Louisville Gardens
· 3/28 – Nashville, TN @ Gaylor Entertainment Center
· 3/30 – Norfolk, VA @ Constant Convocation Center
· 3/31 – Hartford, CT @ Dodge Music Center
· 4/02 – Reading, PA @ Sovereign Center
· 4/04 – Providence, RI @ Dunkin Donuts Center
· 4/05 – Glen Falls, NY @ Glen Falls Civic Center