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 in 1915. System will play a show on December 13 in Inglewood, CA at The Forum for KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas. After that, the band will continue touring in April, with shows in London, UK; Cologne, DE; Lyon, FR; Brussels, BE; Amsterdam, NL; Moscow, RU; and Yerevan, AM. No word yet on additional tour dates or further shows in North America. Via a statement, lead signer Serj Tankian said, “As a band, it’s been one of our dreams to play in Armenia. 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.” For more information on the tour, visit the band’s website.

Formed in 1994 by Daron Malakian, Serj Tankian, Shavo Odadjian, and John Dolmayan, System of A Down has released five studio albums, three of which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. They’ve sold over 40 million records worldwide.

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