One of the most popular post-alternative American bands of the 2000s, Evanescence debuted with a hybrid operatic goth-pop sound that paired soul-baring introspection with churning metallic guitars. Fronted by singer/pianist Amy Lee, the band scored a massive hit with their first album, the Grammy-winning, international multi-platinum Fallen (2003), which went on to become one of the best-selling albums of the 21st century. That debut was followed by the chart-topping The Open Door (2006) and Evanescence (2011). Over the years and through multiple lineup shifts, the band persevered under Lee's helm, eventually shifting from the radio-friendly anthems of their early days into a shimmering, classically inspired symphonic alternative outfit in the 2010s.
Led by charismatic vocalist/guitarist Lzzy Hale, Pennsylvania-based post-grunge/metal quartet Halestorm have become one of the most successful female-fronted hard rock groups of the early 21st century. With an aggressive yet hook-heavy sound that has become a fixture of American rock radio, Halestorm have toured restlessly, playing hundreds of shows per year and sharing the stage with nearly all of the popular American hard rock acts of their era.