by Max Brantley
Though former Evanescence guitarist John LeCompt (pictured) is a hard man to reach since he was fired by lead singer Amy Lee last Friday, Rock Candy did manage to track down someone with a good bit of insight into what might have led to the split: John’s older brother Robbie LeCompt.
Robbie said that though he hasn’t spoken to his brother since John was fired, the news came as no surprise to him. “I can’t say if [Lee] is a good person or a bad person, but I can say: I saw it coming,” Robbie said, recounting his brother’s tales of a “standoffish” Lee, who insisted on a personal bus while on tour and picked fights backstage. “She was very hard to get along with to start with,” Robbie said. “He is a writer and she’s a writer and when you’ve got two writers you’ve got one too many.”
“He’s on the road with this girl and she’s making millions and millions of dollars and he’s on a strict salary,” Robbie LeCompt said. “If she’s found someone who can fill his shoes, then that’s all good, but I’ve studied music for 20 years and anytime [a lead singer] has blown off all the other members and tried to keep going, it didn’t work out.”
On his Myspace.com blog, John LeCompt posted the following message to fans the day after he was fired:
"Hey everyone, I've been getting your messages all morning and figured I would give a little personal insight to this situation. Around 3:30 pm yesterday I received a call on my cell from Amy. This call wasn't from a friend who appreciated me but from an enemy who was prepared to hurt me and my family. Without any warning or negotiations for my future, I was fired for no good reason. We have not always seen eye to eye on everything, but who does? Our common goal was always the same. To make Evanescence the best rock band it could ever be. I have always given blood, sweat and tears to make that happen but apparently that is not enough. I have now become just another of the people fallen by the wayside on the revolving door of her life. It's funny how many of us there are now. I guess it's good for lyrical content, though. Maybe I will be among the blessed to have a song written about me, too. Maybe the song will be "Call Me When You're Broke". Whatever, as of next week my band Machina will be doing major label showcases in New York. There is a big buzz for it and we hope it will go well. I'm not going to sit here and be negative because that is not who I am. What I will say it that I know that many of you think she is some genuis or saviour of some kind. I just want you to know that my family and I will forever remember her as being about as deep as the shallow end of a child's wading pool and her lyrics about as deep as the two dimensional surface that they were written on. Singing beautifully for the duration of a record or two can move the spirit of the people listening, but the way you treat those around you who you are supposed to care about speaks volumes more than that and I would hope that some of you are listening. Well, that's it. I hope that sheds some light on the current situation for you. Thank you all for the good years and being the most incredible fans and friends. Maybe I will see you again. I am going to play with my little boy now, peace."
-- David Koon