We were completely blind to the fact that we were poisoning the very thing we held most dear. "On the night of October 22, 2003 everything came to a head. We were so passionate about EVANESCENCE and so determined in our opposing desires for the future that my once-best friend and I had become enemies. If one of us didn't leave, my one chance to leave something in this world greater than myself would be lost. There was no way I would ever let someone walk on that stage and sing your lyrics. Even if I was foolish enough to attempt it, it would have never provided me with my truest desire… I have no idea where this came from, as on the night of the 22nd, Amy made her wishes clear, sending me a message saying, and I quote, 'Get on a plane, and never come back.' Hearing those words, I was overcome with the reality that I had allowed myself to become someone that my once best friend would feel that way about. And there was no delusion or hope that I would ever reach that pinnacle again. "When resentment led to slanderous and sometimes completely false statements about me in the press… When the very fans I had such a deep connection through the music I helped create with decided that it was mandatory to pick a side, leading to an overwhelming backlash of distaste for me… For seven years I made every effort to bring no drama to EVANESCENCE. NO ONE could have made it a smoother, more gracious, or more generous dissolution."After rebuilding my life and career, through years of hard work, expanding my musical horizons and many many dark times of confusion and depression…I have my life on a new path. Every CD they sell (with or without my contributions), every venue they sell out, strengthens the one great thing I did with my life. "I want nothing more in this world than for EVANESCENCE to have decades of success and connection with the millions of people that connected to our music.
And through my fit of rage and desperation I put the nail in the coffin of EVANESCENCE. Everything I based my existence on, an unreachable dream come true… "By the end of that evening, I saw for the first time what we were not only doing to ourselves, but what our war was doing to everyone around us. I had tried before, out of ignorance, pride, and resentment to convince Amy that she should leave. "It is deeply saddening that such a huge number of you viewed my departure with such animosity and distain. "Try and imagine being in that position for a moment. There was absolutely no argument over rights and ownership. I'm very content with my career and personal relationships. My solo record is as far from EVANESCENCE as it gets, which has a lot to do with why about 12 people own it. "In several thousand of the comments I read yesterday the song of the day seemed to be 'ripping Amy Lee. It is absolutely absurd that anyone would think otherwise."It has been the greatest disappointment and hurt of my life that the very people that so passionately supported my life's work, who gave me the strength to walk away, were so quick to make me the villain.
It was years of the three of us revolving our worlds around each other and our band that gave birth to EVANESCENCE.
"In our fifth year, we began to finally get the music we all longed to make from our head to tape.
"Does [WE ARE THE FALLEN's debut album] 'Tear The World Down' have many stylistic similarities to 'Fallen'? You don't have to agree with or believe me, but for everyone's sake hopefully at least some of you will take a hint from Amy and myself…just move on."I wish Amy Lee and EVANESCENCE a lifetime of success and happiness.
And I hope you all will continue to find a kindred spirit in both EVANESCENCE, and other EVANESCENCE fans. if you decide you're willing and able to drop this imaginary competition between us two…
Contrary to almost every EVANESCENCE fan's opinion… I literally handed everything over without fighting for a thing. "So many of you seem to be fighting a war that doesn't exist. "Do I expect gratitude for what I've done, or an apology for the resentment I've been shown with absolutely no basis? "Absolutely."So I'll skip a step..."You're welcome that I gave it all away, so that the connection I felt with you all through music might not die.
However, I was showing a friend the video for WE ARE THE FALLEN's introductory single, 'Bury Me Alive', on You Tube.Evanescence singer Amy Lee was married on May 6, her rep confirms to PEOPLE.Lee, 25, married Josh Hartzler, a 29-year-old New York City-based therapist, at her family’s home in Little Rock, Ark., the reported Wednesday.By the time we went on tour to support 'Fallen', it sadly was over. Rocky, John and I playing together just doesn't come out any other way. If you take half a second to really take in to consideration the facts…We had parted ways with David, nearly severing the relationship with the someone that was a brother to me. It's as if no one even considered the fact my life now had no plan or purpose. I don't wanna be the guitar player for EVANESCENCE… If I appear to be reminiscent in style, its because it's written and performed by the very same damn people. If I intended to compete with EVANESCENCE I would have done it oh…. And it is this presumption that I'm somehow trying to start a war with EVANESCENCE that demands my rebuttal."If you truly believe that after the most selfless sacrifice I've ever made in an attempt to atone for the person I had become, YEARS of taking the high road and the endless verbal bashings I still receive TO THIS DAY that I never defended myself against.; that I would then spend another year and a half and a sizable financial investment to launch this band just to reignite a fictional feud between myself and Amy Lee after ALL I DID TO GO IN PEACE….And though everyone we knew didn't understand our relentless drive to make this our lives, the three of us never wavered in our determination to bring something into this world we believed to be bigger than all of us. "The three of us living together, doing everything together. But a cruel fact of life is that the person you are at 15 doesn't resemble the person you are at 18, and 21…today I in no way resemble the person I was when i was in EVANESCENCE.I maxed out credit cards to buy us enough gear to make our first CD, which would lead to signing with Wind Up. I did everything in my power to put that person in the ground."So here it goes…"For once, I am not going to paint the sugar-coated pleasant version of events.I'm going to tell you exactly what happened in October of 2003."I have no doubt that many of you will misinterpret this as a prideful attempt at vindication.But the truth is my only hope here is to maybe, possibly restore some grace and peace to something that means more to me then anyone realizes."I am literally overwhelmed at not only the impression of my new band WE ARE THE FALLEN amongst EVANESCENCE fans worldwide and the assumptions of our intent, but in the relentless perseverance of a misunderstanding that has grown into something so dividing and malicious that I simply can't be silent anymore."Out of more than 4100 comments, 4000 of them were nothing but the same comments regurgitated over and over again engaging in a ridiculous WE ARE THE FALLEN vs. Amy debate."The only motivation I have to set the record straight after all these years of silence is the refusal of such a huge number of EVANESCENCE fans to move on and focus on what is important…