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No vanishing act for Evanescence's Amy Lee -- Page 2

Bankrate: You hear so many stories about bands having hit records and selling millions, and yet still being in debt and broke and in these horrible financial straits. Have you gotten caught in any traps like that, or are things working out better for you?

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Amy Lee: It's definitely working out better than that. I'm not broke, and I'm doing better than I've ever done.

But, it's never all the pie in the sky you think it's going to be. I was actually really disappointed at a lot of different instances with our label. You expect to be respected and treated really well when you do well, because when your album's first coming out, you feel like, we're going to fail, we're going to fail, we're going to fail. Because it's so hard to break into the industry. When you do really well, you expect it to be, 'Oh my God, thank you so much, we love you guys.' But more than that, you expect to just get what you're asking for as far as the new record, or renegotiating or whatever.

I remember a lot of times being treated like they didn't have a lot of faith in me, as an artist by myself, after Ben left the band. I felt a lot of distance between the label and my band.

It has been difficult. I hate to bring it up. I'm probably going to get in trouble for it, but it hasn't been a piece of cake. But I'm not suffering, and I'm not broke. I did just buy a house. I never lived anywhere by myself before, so it's amazing. I never owned anything. I've always been in a dorm, or my parents' house, or living with five roommates. Even up until six months ago I lived in a two-bedroom apartment with my roommate and her boyfriend. So it's really cool to have my own place.

Bankrate: So have you had to learn about stocks and stuff, and what to do with your money?

Amy Lee: I haven't learned very much. I should learn some more. There's been talk about it, but I haven't done anything yet. We hired a lot of new people recently and I have an awesome business manager, and I actually hired a financial adviser. That's the only person I've been talking to about stocks and junk that I don't understand. So, yeah, I'll be doing some investing. As soon as the money starts really rolling in.

Bankrate: Do you have any directions you think you want to go with that?

Amy Lee: No. Except that we've occasionally donated money, and that always feels good. That's simple and easy. I understand that.

-- Posted: Aug. 3, 2004




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