Evanescence Guitarist Reveals She Was Forced Out The Band

Evanescence Guitarist Reveals She Was Forced Out The Band
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Evanescence announced over the weekend that they would be parting ways with guitarist Jen Majura. The 38-year-old guitarist had performed with the band for the past seven years. “It has been a very special chapter in the band with our dear friend Jen Majura, but we have decided it’s time to go our separate ways,” the band wrote in a statement. “We will always love her and support her, and can’t wait to see what she does next! We are so grateful for the good times and great music we made all around the world together. We are hard at work rehearsing for our upcoming tour and will have some exciting news about the new lineup coming in the next few days, so stay tuned.”

On Monday, the band revealed that bassist Tim McCord will switch to guitar to fill the opening, and Sick Puppies bassist Emma Anzai will join on bass. “Ladies and gentlemen, we have some very big news to share. Introducing our new guitarist… Tim McCord!!” the band said via social media. “After 16 years in the band as our rock solid bass player, Tim is taking a turn on his original instrument. Spoiler alert- he’s great at it. And on bass, it is our extreme pleasure to welcome the incredibly talented Emma Anzai of Sick Puppies! We’ve been friends and fans for years, and the time has finally come to join forces. Emma will be pulling double duty as we have some shows with Sick Puppies coming up soon, so get ready for that! We are all very excited to bring this new formation to the stage for the first time in Athens on June 5. See you soon!”

Majura announced that it wasn’t her choice to leave the band. “I feel the need to address that none of this was my decision!” she wrote. “I have no hard feelings against anybody and I wish Evanescence all the best. I am allowed to carry beautiful memories of these past years, I am grateful.”

Singer Amy Lee further commented on Majura’s exit: “Making positive change in your life (and band) can be really hard. Some choices we make, some are made for us. But who we are in the end is how we handle whatever comes our way. Today is a big day in my band. Taking another step forward with my brothers who have been beside me for 15+ years, and welcoming in a beautiful friend we are so excited to share the stage with…. I’m happy. You never know whats around the corner, but when something is right you know it’s right. And this feels so right. Welcome Emma! Love all you guys.”

Majura has two previous solo albums to her credit — “Jen Majura”  and “InZENity.” Last year, Evanescence released its first album in 10 years, “The Bitter Truth.” 

B.J. Lisko
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