Evanescence co-founder and guitarist Ben Moody unexpectedly dropped off the band's current European tour. Following an October 21st date in Stockholm, Moody did not join the group for a string of four dates in Germany.
A spokesperson for the goth rock band's label, Wind-Up, would only confirm that "Ben is not currently on the tour," but would not elaborate on why the guitarist is not performing with the band he co-founded with twenty-year-old singer Amy Lee in Little Rock, Arkansas when the pair were in their early teens.
Evanescence is still performing as a quintet, but the spokesperson declined to name Moody's temporary replacement and said he could not comment on whether Moody will rejoin the band when they kick off an upcoming slate of U.S. dates on November 21st with a gig at Rillito Park in Tucson, Arizona. That tour is scheduled to run into mid-December, with the band playing Australia and Japan in January.
England's Rock Sound magazine reported that Moody flew home without speaking to his band mates on a day off during the German dates. Lee told the magazine, "You don't do that to your band. You wouldn't do that to your friends or your family. You don't do that to anyone."
Evanescence has been on a non-stop blitz of U.S. and European tour dates since its multi-platinum major-label debut, Fallen, was released in March. The group was forced to cancel a number of shows in Germany in June when Moody fell ill during a gig in Spain, reportedly suffering from dehydration. The current European dates, which continue this week with a string of performances in England, are the first the band has ever played without Moody.