Really. It just has to start and I begin to chuckle. Two reasons linked to this I guess, totally unrelated to the band themselves.
The first is Global Rock Challenge. Global Rock is the kind of event that begat X Factor. It pits huge teams of student dancers against one another over three hours, in such auditoria as Southampton Guildhall and Bournemouth Arena. The audience, for people used to a 20×20 box studio, is vast, and the tech available is epic. I used to be one of the backstage geeks for my college (and sometimes dancer, but we don’t talk about that) and for a few I was the lighting designer – I’m an award winning lighting designer as a result.
Anyway, at one of these events a few of us managed to to steal time watching other bands rehearse, and we got into a routine of timing the start of the dances with pressing play on a CD of Evanescence’s ‘Bring Me To Life’. It’s an epic track, and made for a suitably farcical backing for a lot of the dances, which seemed either doomed to Tweenies level inanity or Kate Bush level pretension. Our team was no different, but they were good. They won things. Anyway, thinking about that always makes me chuckle and I suppose always will.
I exacerbated that sensation by joining in a game of Rock Band while this track was playing. Fewer finer sights than that of myself and mister Kieron Gillen yelling the chorus into a microphone while onlookers fumbled their instruments and openly cackled at us.