System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian Says He’s Not Interested In Doing Full-Scale Tours In The Future

During an interview with Metal Injection, System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian talked a bit about the band’s future. The frontman, who has been dealing with health issues, says he isn’t really interested in doing full-scale tours anymore.

Tankian said the following when asked about the possibility of a “Toxicity” 20th anniversary tour:

“‘Toxicity‘ by itself is too short to play as a set. Right, so that’s one. But second is that I have, you know, based on my health issues and kind of redundancy in doing the same thing over and over again in terms of touring, it’s something I’m not very interested in doing at this time. Not just for System, for my own stuff, for orchestra or solo stuff. I just haven’t been touring. I also had back surgery last year.

I’ve got certain issues that I’m getting over that are health issues that are affecting my mobility. I mean, I walk fine and I’m able to do stuff and I could perform. But the travel of a tour really, really affects me at this point. That and, to be honest with you, it’s not in my creative purview, you know? So a show here and there we’ve done and might still do. But as far as doing a specific thing, it’s not really something where I’m at right now.”

He continued:

“When you’re doing a full tour, those first two or three shows are really exciting, you know? Because you haven’t toured in a while and you’re playing the sets. You’re out there and you’re moving around and then you got the same set on the fourth show, fifth show, sixth show. By the 10th show, it’s fucking, what’s that movie? The Bill Murray one? ‘Groundhog Day‘. You know, it becomes ‘Groundhog Day‘.

And you still have fun because it’s a different audience, different city and all that, but it becomes a bit automatic, mechanical, a bit. And to me, that’s redundant artistically. Having one show that’s in a special place, done in a special way, is more interesting.”

Tankian was also once again asked about any future musical output from System Of A Down. The band have infamously been at a creative impasse for over 15 years now. There was a small glimmer of hope in late 2020 however, when the outfit released a pair of new songs. Those tracks were put together to benefit the people of Artsakh and raised over $600,000 dollars in aid money.

He also added the following when asked about the possibility of a new album or new music in general:

“Yeah, I personally focus on the latter because it’s always a compliment [to be asked about a new System of a Down record]. It’s kind of like someone saying, I mean, I don’t know. If you’re an architect and you design this incredible museum and everyone comes back to you and says, ‘when are you going to do a museum again?’ And you’re working on, I don’t know, industrial projects at this point or whatever, but you’re like, oh yeah, I’m grateful that you like that design. That’s rad, you know? And I guess when the opportunity comes up to do a museum again, I’ll do a museum again and that’s exactly what it is.”

System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian: “We Will Be Making An Announcement About Something Next Year”

During a recent interview with Kyle Meredith, System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian offered an update on the band’s current status. He said the following:

“As of now, we haven’t talked about anything. We will be making an announcement about something next year that I can’t really tell you about. So there is that. But further than that, I can’t really say.”

[via Blabbermouth]

System Of A Down Producer Rick Rubin Says One Line From “Chop Suey!” Was Taken From A Book That Was Opened At Random

During an appearance on “The Joe Rogan Experience,” Rick Rubin reflected on System Of A Down’s hit song “Chop Suey!.” Interestingly, the producer says the line “Father, into your hands. Why have you forsaken me?” was discovered after frontman Serj Tankian opened a book at random.

Rubin said the following:

“My experience is, when you are open and looking for these clues in the world, they’re happening all the time. And they’re happening, often right when you need them… This System Of A Down song called ‘Chop Suey!‘… I think. You know that song? It has this big bridge section in it where Serj, lyric writer—the singer—didn’t have words for this one part of the song.

And we’re sitting in the library in my old house and he said ‘I don’t have words for this’ and we were finishing and it’s like, ok. ‘Any ideas?’; he didn’t have any ideas. So I said, ‘Ok, pick a book off the wall.’ He picked a book randomly off the wall, I said ‘open it to any page [and] tell me the first phrase you see.’

He opened it, first phrase he sees: that’s what’s in the song, and it’s a highpoint in the song. It’s incredible, like magic.

It’s the part, ‘Father, into your hands. Why have you forsaken me?’ It’s wild… The context, it doesn’t really make sense to what’s going on, it’s rad.”

[via The PRP]

System Of A Down’s First Two Albums Score New Multi-Platinum Certifications In The U.S.

System Of A Down’s first two albums have scored some new multi-platinum certifications from the RIAA. The band’s self-titled debut album has since gone 2x platinum, while “Toxicity” has since gone 6x platinum.

Watch System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian & John Dolmayan Perform “Aerials” With A Street Band In Mexico

System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian and drummer John Dolmayan recently joined a street band called Médium for a special performance of “Aerials.” You can see footage of that below. The performance took place while the bandmates/brothers-in-law were celebrating Dolmayan‘s 50th birthday in San José del Cabo, Mexico.

System Of A Down, Korn, & Russian Circles Announce Two More Shows Together

System Of A Down, Korn, and Russian Circles have booked two more shows together. Here’s their updated schedule:

01/31 Phoenix, AZ – Footprint Center
02/01 San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena
02/04 Los Angeles, CA – Banc Of California Stadium (with Helmet)
02/05 Los Angeles, CA – Banc Of California Stadium (with Helmet)

System Of A Down’s John Dolmayan Complains About Los Angeles’ Vaccine Mandate: “Self-Imposed Tyranny And Mental Slavery Is Rampant”

System Of A Down’s John Dolmayan, who has continuously made headlines for his right-wing political ramblings, is at it again. The drummer recently took to Instagram to complain about the vaccine mandate in Los Angeles, CA:

“Why does history repeat itself in the most tragic ways? People forget to capitalize on the lessons of the past and ignore the signs of a disastrous future. Today I went to a restaurant in Los Angeles that had a security guard that demanded paperwork for entry and watched as dozens of patrons capitulated and showed their “papers”. Things really don’t change do they? As long as you have a strong propaganda machine in place and find a way to take away basic rights even temporarily most people will do anything they are asked to gain back a sense of normalcy. The funny thing is three miles East in Glendale life is far more free and normal. Self imposed tyranny and mental slavery is rampant and infesting far too many places world wide. Hopefully this madness will pass.”

System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian On His Battle With COVID-19: “Being Vaccinated Helped Minimize My Symptoms And Suffering”

As previously reported, System Of A Down were forced to postpone two shows after Serj Tankian tested positive for COVID-19. Now, the frontman has shared a new update on his condition, while also thanking fans for their support:

“…I am overwhelmed and extremely grateful for the outpouring of love and concern from friends and strangers alike. I am doing well and hoping to be clear of all symptoms soon. I believe that being vaccinated helped minimize my symptoms and suffering. We have many in our community who are resistant to the vaccine. I do understand and am not someone who takes sides on this issue. I think every medical situation requires proper understanding of the patients gender, age, medical history and preconditions. Vaccines should be not different and their side effects taken into serious consideration. The health industry cannot operate as a one size fits all on anything anymore. It’s medically irresponsible. That said I’m happy I along with my elder parents are vaccinated. Thank you again for all the love.”

System Of A Down Postpone Los Angeles Shows After Serj Tankian Tests Positive For COVID-19

System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian has tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, the band have been forced to postpone their Los Angeles, CA shows with Korn, Helmet, and Russian Circles. The concerts will now take place at Banc Of California Stadium on February 4-5.

The band said the following:

“It is with great regret that we must reschedule our Los Angeles performances to February 4th and 5th, 2022. Despite multiple precautionary measures, Serj has unfortunately tested positive for COVID. We’re sorry to disappoint our amazing fans with this last minute news, as we could not wait to finally play for you.

However, the health of our band, crew, venue staff and all of our fans is our top priority. All tickets will be honored the rescheduled dates. Refund availability will be sent to all ticket buyers via email.”

Tankian also issued his own statement:

“After having 3 really fun shows, I got back to LA with flu-like symptoms. I am shocked that it could even be Covid as I am not just vaccinated but also incredibly careful. I am so sorry to have to push these dates yet again especially to those who made sacrifices to be here from out of town. Touring is not something I intend to continue doing down the line so these handful of shows have meant the world to me. Thank you for your love and understanding. Peace Serj”

Concert Review: System Of A Down, Korn, & Russian Circles In Oakland CA

Last night (October 18), I attended System Of A Down, Korn, and Russian Circles’ show at Oakland Arena in Oakland, CA and it was a fun night full of incredible music.

The show kicked off with a short set from Russian Circles. Despite losing a bunch of gear in a recent theft, the band still showed up and put on a solid performance that got everyone ready for the evening ahead.

Once Russian Circles finished up, Korn took the stage for a killer set. The band blasted onto the stage with an adjusted lineup featuring Aric Improta (Fever 333), who is filling in for drummer Ray Luzier as he battles COVID-19, and Roberto “Ra” Diaz (Suicidal Tendencies), who is filling in for bassist Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu as he takes time to deal with some “personal issues.” Despite the lineup change, the band sounded great. Frontman Jonathan Davis and guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer even appeared to be back to normal following their battles with COVID-19. Some highlights from their set included “Shoots And Ladders,” which included a partial cover of Metallica’s “One,” “Coming Undone,” “Y’All Want A Single,” “Freak On A Leash,” and “Blind.”

After Korn, it was time for the headliners of the evening, System Of A Down. The band put on the kind of chaotic, high-energy set that only they can. The show featured most of the songs from “Toxicity,” which is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, mixed with tracks from the band’s other four albums. They also performed their two new songs, “Protect The Land” and “Genocidal Humanoidz,” which recently received their live debuts in Las Vegas, NV. The group were firing on all cylinders and looked like they were having a good time onstage, which is always cool to see. The crowd were also going absolutely crazy as they sang, danced, and moshed the night away. Some highlights from the band’s set included “Chop Suey!,” “B.Y.O.B.,” “Soldier Side,” “Lonely Day,” “Protect The Land,” “Aerials,” “Toxicity,” and their epic closer “Sugar.”