After announcing the surprise departure of guitarist Jen Majura over the weekend, Evanescence has unveiled a new band lineup.
Longtime Evanescence bassist Tim McCord will move to guitar in place of Majura. Having originally joined the group in 2006, McCord is the longest-tenured non-Amy Lee member of Evanescence.
“After 16 years in the band as our rock solid bass player, Tim is taking a turn on his original instrument,” Evanescence says. “Spoiler alert — he’s great at it.”
As for who will take McCord’s place on bass, that would be Emma Anzai, of the band Sick Puppies.
“We’ve been friends and fans for years, and the time has finally come to join forces,” Evanescence says of Anzai.
The new lineup will make its live debut when Evanescence launches a European tour in June. They’ll return to the U.S. for a couple festivals in July, followed by a tour with Korn, kicking off in August.
Evanescence announced that Majura was leaving the band last Saturday, writing, “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.”
“We will always love her and support her, and can’t wait to see what she does next!” the statement reads. “We are so grateful for the good times and great music we made all around the world together.”
Majura later issued her own statement, writing that she has “no hard feelings against anybody,” while suggesting that the parting of ways was less than completely mutual.
“I feel the need to address that none of this was my decision!” she wrote.
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