Moody Opens Up About Evanescence Departure

Former EVANESCENCE star BEN MOODY has opened up about his reasons for leaving the band in 2003 - revealing his relationship with singer AMY LEE became "an all-out war" and he tried to force her to quit instead.
The guitarist, a founding member of the goth rock group, walked away from the band during its European tour following a bitter bust-up with his former "best friend" Lee.
And Moody admits he had to leave because life in the band had become unbearable for all those involved.
In a statement, he says, "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...
"We were very young people in a very stressful situation... We had such opposing desires and personalities that mixed with the pride of youth and inexperience... led to an all-out war.
"On the night of October 22, 2003 everything came to a head. And through my fit of rage and desperation I put the nail in the coffin of Evanescence... It was highly probable we wouldn't last the remainder of the tour. Neither one of us willing to back down... I was devastated by what we had become... My once-best friend and I had become enemies."
Moody admits he wanted the singer to leave the band, but decided he had to go because the group wouldn't have survived with a different vocalist - and he's sorry for attempting to force Lee out: "Out of ignorance, pride, and resentment (I tried) to convince Amy that she should leave... Amy, if for some reason you happen to see this... I hope you know I never truly believed that. There was no way I would ever let someone walk on that stage and sing your lyrics... It would have become a joke."
And Moody knew he had made the right decision to quit when he subsequently received a message from Lee, urging him to "Get on a plane, and never come back", but insists he wishes his former colleagues nothing but success.
He adds, "Every single bit of success that Evanescence achieves is a success for me. Every CD they sell (with or without my contributions), every venue they sell out, strengthens the one great thing I did with my life. Ensuring my sacrifice wasn't in vain."


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Ben, Ben Ben. Still trying to spin it. The fact is Evanescence IS Amy Lee. She wrote just as much of that stuff that you did and was the voice and face of that band. How can you act all apologetic and say you wouldn't allow another girl to sing those lyrics. BS! You've got Carly Smithson up there dressing and looking like Amy and she's singing Evanescence songs! Explain that Ben. You've absolutely wrecked Carly's career and turned her into an Amy Lee tribute singer. I can't wait for the new Evanescence album that has been buzzed about for the past six months. You'll see that Amy and Evanescence are still rocking while Ben is producing lame Celine Dion CD's. Good luck with that.
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I just have one simple statement. Its been 7 years Ben, get over it and get over yourself. Somebody needs to slap you upside the head to clue you into reality. Stop fixating on 2003. It is now 2010, you are done. You are nothing to evanescence anymore, and your replacement is 10 times what you were to evanescence. So scrap up a shread of dignity and just get over it and get over yourself.
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Haters will always be haters. I really respect Ben Moody and good luck to Amy Lee with Evanescence. Their new album is extremely good. As for "We Are The Fallen" they are great! And for those saying he ruined Carly's career,that's absolute nonsense. Ben has as much right to perform the "Fallen" tracks as Amy and the same goes for John Lecompt and Rocky Gray. I heard We Are The Fallen's debut and it's absolutely awesome. It's different from present Evanescence. And it's no rip off. Please answer one thing,how in the world can you rip off something that you initially created. Ben Moody had a big contribution in creating the original Evanescence sound with David Hodges. The writing chemistry between Moody and Lee was just an enigma. You guys just can't see someone happy. He did make a great sacrifice so that Evanescence continues. He even gave all his shares and rights,which were 50% of the Evanescence brand name to Lee without any conflicts. Finally after 7 years he decided to remake a band to play the music,that "HE" loves and had created previously. I don't see the problem with that. When you are an artist and you have previously created a style it tends to show in other things that you do for yourself,cause it's your own creation. So it was obvious the similarities between old EV and "We Are The Fallen" would be there. I'd like to see some of you in such a state and then making such a decision. He gave up everything. The new Ben Moody solo album is also fantastic. I am a fan of both Lee and Moody. But let's see even though I respect Amy I still don't trust everything. All the members left eventually. Moody in 2003 due to so called "Creative Differences" which was just not it,there was a lot more. Will hunt due to family responsibilities,David Hodges due to creative differences with Lee after "Fallen" was recorded,that costed Ben to almost loose his best friend and brother David Hodges. John Lecompt and Rocky Gray got fired without any warning. So technically Lee is always right and everyone else is wrong. I admire Amy Lee but this revolving door of members tells me that the problem is just not one sided but from both the sides. I wasn't a big fan of "The Open Door".There was some good stuff on it but it didn't capture the Evanescence magic to me. The new Evanescence album is certainly fantastic and sounds like an entire band effort. As for "We Are The Fallen" you can hear the joy in their music and they sound like a proper band. In conclusion both Ben and Amy are very creative people. But to me the fame and the immense growth of Ego got the best of them,specially Lee.This caused such an unrest in the entire band. Things have normalized now and she is in a better place now. The new members of EV are doing well with her. As for Ben he has reunited with his brothers to create something amazing. I heard the new EV and the first We Are The Fallen's debut and they both are fantastic and totally amazing. The final thing I would say is both Moody and Lee are with the right people now and working on some solid music. We have two great bands,so why not enjoy them. Stop putting the blame on just one person when you don't even know the fully story. Good luck to both Amy Lee and Ben Moody. One thing is for sure they created a legacy together with "Fallen" that continues with both of them in their respective bands.
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sorry I meant Will Boyd left due to spending more time with family. "NOT" Will Hunt.
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