System of a Down set to hit the road again
Just call them the Road Warriors. After embarking on world tours in both 2011 and 2012, System of a Down are hitting the road once again to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the American genocide.
According to the band's press release, the upcoming date of April 24, 2015 will mark the 100th anniversary of the American genocide, which was carried out by the Ottoman Empire. At least 1.5 million Armenians were killed during the period of so-called ethnic cleansing, and throughout System of a Down's career, the Armenian-American quartet has continued to bring awareness to the tragic event.
In that respect, System of a Down's 2015 'Wake Up the Souls' tour will consist of seven performances, concluding a stop in Armenia for the band's first-ever gig in their homeland. "As a band, it's been one of our dreams to play in Armenia," says vocalist Serj Tankian. "To be able to play in the homeland of our forefathers while respecting the memory of those that perished in the first genocide of the 20th century will be an honor."
Drummer John Dolmayan added, "The pursuit of justice knows no time restraints, recognizes no obstacles, and will not be halted until justice is met, whether it's one hundred years or one thousand." The band, however, aims to make it clear that they're not against the people of Turkey and that "our campaign is about bringing justice, recognition, support and resolve." Fans looking for information about System of a Down tickets or how to get involved in the cause should visit systemofadown.com, where they'll have access to content curated by the band, along with an interactive "heat map" splash page, including tour dates, ticket links, share options, fan-generated content and "Take Action" instructions.
Each date on the upcoming tour will line up with a "Facebook Event Page" to which fans can RSVP, creating a community around each performance. Above the map will be instructions for fans to interact by using the hashtag #wakeupthesouls. As fans tweet and share, the heat map will grow around the world, showing the impact of people talking about the cause and tour on a more global scale.
System of a Down - The Reunion
System of a Down went on hiatus in August 2006, but reunited in late 2010, eventually embarking on a worldwide tour in both 2011 and 2012. During the break, Malakian announced he was forming a band called Scars on Broadway. Dolmayan joined him, but Tankian went out on his own and released the solo effort, "Elect the Dead" in the fall of 2007. Scars on Broadway's debut album bowed the following summer, but Dolmayan also elected to form his own group, Indicator, while Odadjian pursued other projects.
It wasn't until November 2010 that System of a Down officially announced that they would be reuniting for a number of European festival dates the following year. They hit UK's Download Festival, Switzerland's Greenfield Festival and Germany's rock am Ring/Rock im Park, among other locales. A swing through Mexico and South America followed, and from late February to early March 2012 they headlined five dates at Soundwave festival in Australia.
The band has not yet announced plans for a new album, instead taking their reunion day by day. On April 23, 2012 System of a Down announced via its website there would be a summer tour of the eastern half of the United States and Canada. On August 11 and 12 they played the Heavy MTL and Heavy T.O. music festivals in both Montreal and Toronto.
System of a Down Tickets - The Genesis of a Political Hard Rock Era
That is, of course, the essence of hard rock, the essence of heavy metal -- it's this sense that a strong, powerful, even angry voice can speak out on certain injustices. Such is the same for four Armenian artists looking to break out into the music scenario as none other than System of a Down. 43 -year-old Frontman Serj Tankian as the lead vocals along with supporting vocals and guitarist 35-year-old Daron Malakian joined with bass guitarist Shavo Odadjian and drummer John Dolmayan for a rumpus wildfire act of political statements and agendas involving their home country. Of course, System of a Down wasn't always known as that with the four artists originally playing in 1993 as a band known as Soil. It was only in 1995 that they became known as System of a Down, named after a poem written by Malakian. The band originally hails from Los Angeles, California, which in 1997 became known to American Recordings by a performance in Hollywood's Viper Room. After being discovered, then came the true heyday of the 'Down.'
System of a Down Tickets - The Explosion
It was no doubt that American Recordings found a sound that can match the explosion of rock n' roll in a completely new direction, one fully supporting the style of rock alternative. With their debut album released in June of 1998, moderate success hit their table with such singles as 'Sugar' and 'Spiders' -- but it wasn't until they released their second album in 2001 entitled Toxicity that true triumph slammed them all on the forehead. The single 'Aerials' became a smash hit, skyrocketing System of a Down into musical stardom as SPIN Magazine's 2001 Best Album of the Year.'The albums Mesmerize/Hypnotize followed with even more experimental work and sounds catapulting the Armenian rock band into a musical genius category of immense proportions. One look at 'Chop Suey!' under Down's belt, and you can bet they were making waves unlike anyone had ever seen in the musical world. They've toured with many other bands -- such as Incubus and Fear Factory, riling up crowds with their controversy in subject matter regarding their music.
System of a Down Tickets - The Meaning Behind the Madness
To say that System of a Down is simply an 'alternative rock band' is nothing more than an understatement. Their intense fusion of ripping guitar riffs, heavy drum sets, programmable beats, and a certain subtle Eastern European sound gave them the honor to be compared with such bands as Korn and the Deftones. Moreover, no one else sounds like Serj Tankian with his upper railing voice, trailing vibes of power through a crowd with the words of political injustice and debate.
System of a Down Reunite for Tour
SoCo-based rock band System Of A Down is getting back together. Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the band (whose members are Armenian-American), will set out on the “Wake Up The Souls” Tour in order to renew awareness of the genocide, in which 1.5 million Armenians were slaughtered by the Ottoman Empire…Read more
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