The moral of the week? Don’t mess with Christian-rock fans. Following Chris Willman’s story on Evanescence and their shock at selling well to the Christian market (#705, April 18), their label announced plans to pull the group’s CDs from Christian stores. Another band in the news was Fleetwood Mac, which also couldn’t seem to please everyone. ”It was refreshing to see a major magazine acknowledge that Fleetwood Mac existed before Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham,” says Scott May of Chicago. ”I only wish that early members Peter Green and Bob Welch were as famous.” The week’s biggest crowd-pleaser, however, was Joel Stein, whose rant against anti-piracy ads may have been too convincing. ”I’ve taken Joel Stein’s pro-piracy article to heart,” says Atlanta’s Glenn Phillips. ”I’ve stopped buying your magazine and am now stealing it. Thanks for the advice.” Hey, wait a minute!
So Evanescence have no idea ”what the f — -” their CDs are doing in Christian bookstores, or why they are on Christian radio (”Southern Discomfort”)? Maybe it’s because Wind-up Records sent a single to Christian radio stations and bought ads in Christian music publications to promote the band. Or maybe it’s because the band members themselves flew to Nashville early this year and played a show for sales executives and retailers promoting their record to — I’ll be darned — the Christian music market. Call me cynical, but their supposed naivete feels an awful lot like calculated distancing spawned by sudden success. MICHAEL TENBRINK CCM Magazine Nashville
Why is lead singer Amy Lee so surprised that their album is rising up the Christian music charts? I actually thought they were a Christian rock group the first time I listened to the album. Intentional or not, a few of their songs do have a religious feel to them. This is especially true of ”Tourniquet,” which includes the lyrics ”Am I too lost to be saved/My God, my tourniquet/Return to me salvation.” Even the album’s title, Fallen, could be a biblical reference. It’s not hard to see why their album would be accepted by fans of Christian music. I just find it odd that it’s taken the group by surprise. KEVIN HOSEY Dallas
Uh, Ben Moody? Since you’re apparently taking great pains to avoid the Christian-rock label, perhaps you shouldn’t wear a hat that says ”King of Kings” in the accompanying photo. You see, that’s another name for, you know…Jesus. SHAWN WALTERS Chapel Hill, N.C.
Though Tango In The Night is not Fleetwood Mac’s best album, with tracks like ”Little Lies” and ”Big Love,” I would hardly call it forgettable (Music). They were the most ambitious and heartfelt band of their era. Their music defines classic rock, and only the absence of Christine McVie dilutes their latest effort. Come back, Christie! BARRY E. RICE Riceakahige@aol.com Allentown, Pa.
Every time I get an EW, I immediately flip to the back page to read what is eating at Joel Stein’s brain. His article on the stupidity of the new antipiracy PSA starring boyfriend accessory Ben Affleck made amazing sense. Thank you for providing us with a writer who has such sharp insight and understanding of his readers. Four cheers for Joel and no cheers for bloodsucking Hollywood. STEVE LOURIE firstname.lastname@example.org Allston, Mass.