Following her covers of U2’s “With or Without You” and Portishead’s “It’s A Fire,” Amy Lee of Evanescence has now covered “Going to California” by Led Zeppelin. She performed the song live on their recent three-date tour, and has now released a proper music video for her rendition of the Led Zeppelin classic.
Said Amy Lee via Facebook:
“This song is a classic that I’ve loved for as long as I can remember. It puts me at peace.
My friend and manager, Jordan, had recorded the instrumentation for fun and when I heard it a few months ago I knew instantly that I had to sing on it. Listening to mommy sing usually helps get Jack into that elusive sleepy place, and this song has been a regular rotation nap-time hit around our house this fall. As I was preparing for the November Evanescence shows, I just really wanted a moment like this in our set. So I showed this version to Troy, who made it a personal challenge to master a finger-picking based song, which was outside his comfort zone (not that you could tell- he sounded amazing!). We had so much fun playing it live! It’s a pleasure to sing a song publicly that is such a part of who I am offstage- my roots, the style of music that we always played around my house when I was growing up, and still at every big family gathering, singing and playing music with my dad. “
Covers are nice, of course, but there hasn’t been a new Evanescence record since 2011’s self-titled album. It looks like we shouldn’t hold our breath waiting; “I don’t know the plan with Evanescence,” said Lee in an October interview with Rolling Stone, “I don’t have any news or plans for new Evanescence.”
(via Rolling Stone)