Jen Majura Initially Thought Evanescence Firing Was "A Bad Joke" | Revolver

Jen Majura Initially Thought Evanescence Firing Was "A Bad Joke"

Ex-guitarist couldn't believe what she was hearing when she got the call
Jen Majura Evanescence Getty live 2021, Scott Legato/Getty Images
Jen Majura performing with Evanescence
photograph by Scott Legato/Getty Images

Last month, there was a pretty significant lineup shift in the Evanescence camp. The band suddenly announced that they were parting ways with guitarist Jen Majura — who'd been playing with them since 2015 — and that they'd be filling her spot with their longtime bassist Tim McCord, whose bass duties would be fulfilled by Sick Puppies' Emma Anzai.

While Evanescence announced Majura's departure along with a cordial message calling her their "dear friend" and wishing her the best on her future ventures, Majura posted her own brief statement on Instagram saying that "none of this was my decision" — but that she has no hard feelings toward Evanescence and wishes them well.

In a new interview with Coffee With Ola, Majura opened up about the state of shock she went into when she got the call that her position in the band was being terminated, saying that she actually thought it was "a bad joke" before it truly sunk in.

"Honestly, I was cleaning my apartment, and I got the phone call. And first of all, I was, like, 'Is this a bad joke?' And I remember, after I got the news, I hung up, and I have this hallway in between my studio and my living room, and I just lay there on the floor, staring at the ceiling, wondering what that was, and literally looking over to my suitcase that I had already started packing, because I was two weeks from going out on the road until pretty much the end of the year."

As Metal Injection points out, Majura was then asked if she had any offers coming in yet to play with other bands. She has, but she's currently taking time for herself to regain her footing after the whirlwind departure from Evanescence. 

"I would like to consider [the offers], but not now, not yet. Because I feel like it would be not a nice move if I played the OK person when I'm still processing. I'm not ready to jump into the next marriage right now. To be really honest, what I wanna do right now is, first of all, focus on me and my music again. Because what I realize is that you, when you…It's difficult to say…

"I feel like I lost a little bit of my music inside of me during these past years, because…What I right now do, what I right now want to do is I wanna reconnect with myself and feel and hear and play my music again. And who knows? The plan is, so far — you heard it here first — I'm gonna write my third solo album."

Check out the full interview below via YouTube.