John Dolmayan Hopes System Of A Down Can “Put All The Bullshit Aside” & “Check The Massive Egos At The Door”

System Of A Down’s inability to release new music has been well documented and it appears John Dolmayan is fed up with everything. The drummer recently shared a post on Instagram saying that he hopes the band will be able to “put all the bullshit aside” and “check the massive egos at the door” someday. Here’s his full statement:

“Three of these bands [Tool, Rage Against The Machine, and Red Hot Chili Peppers] can get out of their own way and work together for a common goal , maybe the fourth [System Of A Down] can as well. Perhaps it’s time to put all the bullshit aside , check the massive egos at the door , and do together what none of us can do alone . Maybe , just maybe a Christmas miracle will happen. Maybe it can be a System Of A Down”

Serj Tankian Says He Is “All For” System Of A Down Putting Out Previously Unreleased Material

Fans recently launched an online petition in an effort to get System Of A Down to release leftover music from their past album sessions. When asked about the petition on Patreon, frontman Serj Tankian said the following:

“For the unreleased Soad songs ? Yes. I’m all for it. Convince everyone else”

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Dear @shavoodadjian, @johndolmayan_, and @daronmalakian We ask of you to please release the unreleased music of System of a Down. It’s probably the closest thing to new music we will get. @serjtankian is all for the music to be released. Now it is up to us as a community to convince you guys. The petition has over 1,650 signatures. Please come together and agree upon the release of the System of a Down unreleased songs from Mezmerize and Hypnotize as well as songs like Honey and Temper. Thank you for reading. You can help too by clicking the link in my bio and signing the petition! #SOAD #SerjTankian #ShavoOdadjian #JohnDolmayan #DaronMalakian #SOADTour2020 #UnreleasedSOADMusic #NewSOAD #Petition #Change #Toxicity #StealThisAlbum #Mezmerize #Hypnotize #SystemOfADown

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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:”

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.