“None of this was my decision,” said former Evanescence guitarist Jen Majura.
American Rockers, Evanescence, recently announced that they have parted ways with their guitarist Jen Majura, who has been with the band since 2015.
“It has been a very special chapter in the band with our dear friend Jen Majura, but we have decided it’s time to go our separate ways,”the band wrote on social media.
“We will always love her and support her, and can’t wait to see what she does next! We are so grateful for the good times and great music we made all around the world together.”
On her exit from the band, Majura stated on social media “that none of this was my decision.”
“I feel the need to address that none of this was my decision!” she wrote on Twitter. “I have no hard feelings against anybody and I wish Evanescence all the best. I am allowed to carry beautiful memories of these past years, I am grateful.”
Majura, 38, joined the band in 2015 – taking over for the former Cold guitarist Terry Balsamo, who himself had joined Evanescence after the band parted ways with their original guitarist Ben Moody in 2003.
When Majura joined, a lead member of the band, Amy Lee stated: “After scouring the globe, I found Evanescence’s missing piece in South Germany. She plays like a supervillain, sings like an angel, and laughs like a great friend.
“We spent a few days together last week in New York sharing eerily familiar life stories, sushi, artistic inspiration, other people’s shoes, and SO many laughs! (Yeah, okay, and maybe there were a couple of stiff drinks mixed in there).
“We are all so excited to play together this fall and bring the show to a whole new level. CAN’T WAIT! I know you will show her all the love and respect a strong, talented woman deserves. I couldn’t be happier to welcome our new sister to the band.”
Majura played on Evanescence’s 2021 comeback album, The Bitter Truth, as well as their 2017 compilation, Synthesis, which featured alternate versions of the band’s past songs re-recorded with orchestral and electronic elements.
A replacement for Majura has not been announced yet, but the band assured fans that they “are hard at work rehearsing for our upcoming tour and will have some exciting news about the new lineup coming in the next few days, so stay tuned.”
Besides that, Evanescence and Within Temptation were recently forced to reschedule their upcoming UK and Europe tour. It’s not the first time their tour has been postponed.
In 2020, both bands had initially been due to head out on their World Collide tour, but they have postponed the tour several times because of the COVID pandemic.
The long-awaited gigs were then set to finally kick off in March, but Evanescence and Within Temptation announced in February that the shows will now take place in November and December.
However, in July Evanescence will play at Rock Fest and InkCarceration – followed by their North American Tour with Korn starting from August 16 in Denver. For more information about their upcoming tours and tickets, visit their website evanescence.com.