System Of A Down’s John Dolmayan: “We Played A Couple Of Shows That I Was Not Proud Of Recently”

During a recent appearance on Avenged Sevenfold bassist Johnny Christ‘s “Drinks With Johnny,” System Of A Down drummer John Dolmayan opened up about the current state of the band. Among the topics covered was the group’s live shows, some of which Dolmayan “was not proud of recently.”

Dolmayan said the following:

“I’m gonna be honest with you — we played a couple of shows that I was not proud of recently, because we didn’t put in the practice, and we had, like, a skeleton crew. They [are the ones who] set up the equipment, they set up the lights, all the production. All this stuff has to be set up so that we can go up and do our jobs, which is to entertain you ultimately. And these guys all have to work when we’re not working.

Avenged does it the right way — they’ll do an album cycle, they’ll do a hundred shows, or whatever it is in that cycle, which means they can employ these people for a year to two years. System does it the complete opposite way and half-assed. We employ people for three to four weeks, which means we get who’s available as opposed to who we wanna work with long term.”

He also had the following to say about the band’s lack of new material:

“We’ve been enormously successful with each other. So, ego gets in the way a lot. It gets in the way of relationships, it gets in the way of business relationships, and sometimes you lose sight of why you started to do something together. In any industry, but more so in music, people get into their heads sometimes. You’ve gotta let things go in life.

You have to let things go in that you’re gonna offend each other, you’re gonna have problems. Every relationship has them. So you’ve gotta get past it and get out of your own fucking way ultimately, and System just hasn’t been able to do that. We have some things that have gotten in the way of doing what we do best.”

On another note, Dolmayan also talked a bit about his These Grey Men covers project, which will feature guest appearances from M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold), Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, etc.), and more:

“I worked with really cool people… Again, I’m not trying to create something to compete with System. I’m just doing it because I enjoy playing music. I’m not a songwriter, but I can arrange the fuck out of songs. So, I arranged these songs in a way that I thought was interesting and I listened to songs that I thought maybe there was a lack. Or what would I do if I played this song? What would I do if I was presented this song?”

[via Blabbermouth]

System Of A Down Announce European Tour

System Of A Down have announced a 2020 European tour. The trek will feature a number of headlining shows in between festival dates.

Tour Dates:

06/03 Amsterdam, NET – Ziggo Dome
06/05-07 Nurburg, GER – Rock am Ring
06/06-07 Nuremberg, GER – Rock im Park
06/08 Berlin, GER – Waldbuhne
06/10-13 Nickelsdorf, AUT – Nova Rock Festival
06/14 Donington, UK – Download Festival
06/16 Prague, CZE – O2 Arena
06/17 Budapest, HUN – Laszlo Papp Sports Arena
06/19 Zurich, SWI – Hallenstadion
06/23 Stockholm, SWE – Ericsson Globe
06/25-27 Seinäjoki, FIN – Provinssirock Festival
06/30 Krakow, POL – Tauron Arena
07/01-04 Viveiro, SPA – Resurrection Fest
07/02-03 Lisbon, POR – VOA Heavy Rock Festival

Serj Tankian On The Possibility Of New System Of A Down Music: “The Status Has Not Changed”

During a recent interview with Billboard, Serj Tankian was asked about the possibility of new System Of A Down music once again. The frontman responded with the following:

“The status has not changed. We tour. We do shows together. We haven’t been able to see eye to eye to continue as far as creating new music together. Maybe one day that will change, maybe that won’t, but we’re all close friends and we enjoy each other’s company and we’re like family at this point, after 25 years. We’ll be announcing some new shows soon.”

System Of A Down Planning European Tour

System Of A Down are planning a 2020 European tour. So far, the band are booked to perform at the Provinssi Festival in Seinäjoki, Finland on June 25. More dates will follow. The group commented:

“We are excited to announce the first of many shows in Europe next year. First up is our return to Finland for Provinssi on the 25th of June. Tickets on sale now: provinssi.fi/liput.”

Shavo Odadjian On The Possibility Of New System Of A Down Music: “Why It Isn’t Happening Is A Big Question”

Shavo Odadjian recently discussed the possibility of new System Of A Down music once again during an appearance on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation.” According to the bassist, “creative differences” are continuing to stand in the way of new material.

Odadjian said the following [transcribed by Blabbermouth]:

“We haven’t made a record for 12 years. We do play live still. We do tour — not as often as I would like to. But I am blassed for being able to still do it. When we’re put together, the four of us, we’re not hating on each other — we hang out; we have a good time. It’s just we haven’t made music together. Which is kind of frustrating, I’ll be honest. ‘Cause I know we can make ‘the bomb’ music together.”

He also added the following when asked if there are any pieces of music that have been written for a possible new album:

“Yeah, there are. No recordings. Two years ago, we got together, the three of us — minus Serj, because, at the time, he was doing a lot of solo stuff, and we were, like, ‘We don’t wanna wait around. Let’s just get in there and see what we can do.’ And we got in and wrote about 10 or 11 songs. Daron brough seven or eight songs, and I brought four or five ideas in that become songs, and they became songs — minus Serj’s vocals, of course. It was really good. It came out really great. And I hope to one day go back to those and use some of Serj’s stuff. I know Serj’s got some stuff.”

He continued after being pressed about the group’s inability to make new music:

“In my world, man, why it isn’t happening is a big question. I think we can get over anything, ’cause it’s not like someone’s done anything so horrible that we can’t get over it. It ain’t anything like that. It’s just creative differences that are lasting a little too long for me, for my taste.

It’s been so long, I don’t even remember why we’re not [able to make new music] at this point. I really would love to have done it. Like I said, if it was up to me, we would have never stopped. We would have been on our probably ninth or tenth record now.”

These latest comments come after Daron Malakian previously made headlines in July 2018 after basically saying Serj Tankian was the one standing in the way of a new album. Tankian then responded with a lengthy statement to offer a more detailed explanation as to why the band haven’t created new music. Odadjian then chimed in by saying the group aren’t fighting and that they actually “have material that tops everything [they’ve] done.” However, Tankian then shot that down saying nothing has changed since the original public dispute. More recently, Malakian said he doesn’t think the band will make a new record anytime soon and that the group “don’t necessarily see eye to eye” with Tankian.

Daron Malakian Says System Of A Down “Don’t Necessarily See Eye To Eye With Where [Serj Tankian] Would Wanna Take The Band”

During a recent interview on “Talk Is Jericho,” Daron Malakian discussed System Of A Down’s failed attempts at making a new album once again. According to him, “creative differences” between frontman Serj Tankian and the other members of the group are largely to blame for the lack of output.

Malakian said the following:

“SYSTEM had a certain way of putting together the albums and the music, and I guess that was me writing and all that, and producing the records, along with Rick [Rubin]. And Serj wants to do things a different way. And it’s not just me — it’s kind of three of us that don’t necessarily see eye to eye with where he would wanna take the band. So that’s kind of where we’re at. A lot of people think it’s just between me and him, and that’s not really the case.”

Despite this, Malakian says all the members of the band still get along:

“I don’t hate anybody in my band. A lot of people are, like, ‘Well, creative differences.’ In our case, that’s the truth. It really is a creative-difference type of thing where a few of us wanna take the band and where someone wants to take the band in another way. And it’s a creative-difference thing. When it comes to happy holidays, Easters, birthdays, we’re all still cool, we all consider each other like a family. SYSTEM OF A DOWN is a special thing, and it’s us four. Like I said, in our case, there is none of that, ‘I can’t stand seeing the guy eat a hamburger.'”

Malakian previously made headlines in July 2018 after basically saying Tankian was the one standing in the way of a new album. Tankian then responded with a lengthy statement to offer a more detailed explanation as to why the band haven’t created new music. Shavo Odadjian then chimed in by saying the group aren’t fighting and that they actually “have material that tops everything [they’ve] done.” However, Tankian then shot that down saying nothing has changed since the original public dispute. More recently, Malakian said he doesn’t think the band will make a new record anytime soon.

[via Blabbermouth]

Daron Malakian On The Possibility Of A New System Of A Down Album: “I Don’t See That Happening Anytime Soon”

Daron Malakian was asked about the possibility of a new System Of A Down album once again during a recent interview with Heavy Consequence. He responded by saying he doesn’t “see that happening anytime soon.”

Malakian said the following when asked if any Scars On Broadway songs were meant for System Of A Down:

“Well, I’m the main writer for System of a Down, so when there’s talk about maybe making an album, a lot of that kind of comes down on my shoulders to produce that album. And so the Dictator album along with a lot of other material that I have — I mean my writing works for System of a Down or Scars on Broadway. They both kind of have my style of writing there. So, I kind of waited to see what was happening with System of a Down, to see if we were going to do an album, we may need some of these songs. So, I just kind of held onto them. So yeah, I thought certain songs on Dictator might’ve worked with System of a Down, and we actually rehearsed the opening track (“Lives”) live with System of a Down once or twice, thinking of releasing that as a System song, but we just never did.”

He then added the following when asked about Shavo Odadjian saying the group “have material that tops everything [they’ve] done“:

“Well, I appreciate Shavo saying that. He’s talking about material that I’ve just kind of been sitting on and trying to figure out, “Am I going to make these System of a Down songs or am I going to make these Scars on Broadway songs?” And System of a Down doesn’t seem like we’re really coming together and making an album. So, I can’t sit on the songs forever, so at some point I’m going to have to make a decision on how I want to release those songs. But there was a point that me, John, and Shavo were rehearsing those songs together but we didn’t really record them together.”

He also had the following to say when asked about the public grievances between him and Serj Tankian:

“Honestly, I don’t think the fans really give a shit why we’re not making an album, but I think a lot of the fans just want an album. Like, for example, I’m a Van Halen fan. When David Lee Roth and Van Halen split up, I didn’t really care why. I was just sad that they split up and I wanted another Van Halen album. I think I just didn’t want to do anything that was going to be a back and forth. I think maybe there might’ve been some backlash. I think Serj might’ve been getting some backlash from fans and felt like he wanted to express himself. Me and him, we’ve talked about it already through email and it’s between me and him. But from my end, I just didn’t want to do a back-and-forth thing. He gave his point of view. I have my own point of view and my own recollections, I guess you could say, of how things went down 10, 15 years ago. But like I said, it’s not something I want to like hash out in front of the fans.

He later added the following about the possibility of a new album eventually coming out:

“There was a time that I was waiting and rooting for it and hoping it happens, but … I’m kinda really happy with what I’m doing with Scars. We all get along as friends in System of a Down. So as friends, everything is cool and I have no problems with anybody. But then as band members, we tend to have different ways of wanting to do things. And it doesn’t seem like we meet eye to eye as band members. So, I never say never because you never know what happens. But at the same time, I don’t see that happening anytime soon that we’re all going to get together and make a new System of a Down album.”