Serj Tankian On Viral Video Of People Rocking Out To System Of A Down At A Nigerian Wedding Reception: “Simply Awesome”

A video of people rocking out to System Of A Down’s “Toxicity” at a Nigerian wedding reception recently went viral and it caught the attention of the band’s frontman Serj Tankian. He tweeted the following:

In addition to “Toxicity,” the reception also featured Asking Alexandria’s “Final Episode (Let’s Change the Channel)” and Disturbed’s “Down With The Sickness”:

Disturbed Working On New Music

It looks like Disturbed have been working on new music during their coronavirus downtime. David Draiman confirmed the news during a recent interview with Download Festival TV.

Draiman said the following:

“…I’m just messing around a little bit with music here and there — nothing crazy. [I’ve been] having conversations with the other guys in Disturbed about getting some new material going, and we’ve got some stuff in its infancy. One song, definitely, that’s killer in our back pocket; we just haven’t tracked it. And we’ve got a few more song ideas, [but] nothing that’s been hashed out enough.”

The frontman also added that there are some downsides to working remotely:

“We kind of need to get back into the rhythm of being able to do stuff like this in Zoom format or online as opposed to in person. At least it’s some kind of real-time connection so that you can be creating together improvisationally to an extent, but there’s still issues with audio — it’s not as clear as you want it sometimes, there’s too much compression and you lose level; it’s a challenge — and the vibe isn’t there. There’s nothing that replaces you being in front of your co-songwriter and being able to feed off each other’s energy and create in person.”

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Disturbed Announce Rescheduled Dates For “The Sickness” 20th Anniversary Tour With Staind & Bad Wolves

Disturbed have announced the rescheduled dates for their “The Sickness” 20th anniversary tour with Staind and Bad Wolves. The trek is now scheduled to take place in summer 2021. However, it’s worth noting that the Chula Vista, CA show was unable to be rescheduled.

2021 Tour Dates:

07/07 West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
07/08 Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
07/10 Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
07/12 Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
07/13 Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
07/18 Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
07/20 Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
07/21 Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater
07/23 Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
07/24 Hartford, CT – XFINITY Theatre
07/26 Syracuse, NY – St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater
07/28 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
07/29 Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health – Jones Beach Theatre
07/31 Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
08/01 Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
08/04 Burgettstown, PA – S&T Bank Music Park
08/06 Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium
08/08 Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
08/13 Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
08/14 Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center
08/16 Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
08/18 The Woodlands, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
08/20 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
08/21 Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
08/23 Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre
08/24 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
08/26 Ridgefield, WA – Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
08/27 Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
08/29 Wheatland, CA – Toyota Amphitheatre
08/31 West Valley City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre

Disturbed & Staind Confirmed For 2021 Upheaval Festival

The inaugural Upheaval Festival in Grand Rapids, MI has been postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event will now take place on July 16-17, 2021 with Disturbed and Staind still set to headline.

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Disturbed Postpone “The Sickness” 20th Anniversary Tour

Disturbed have postponed their “The Sickness” 20th anniversary tour with Staind and Bad Wolves due to the coronavirus pandemic. The trek is now being rescheduled for summer 2021.

Disturbed commented:

“Hello Disturbed Ones! We hope you and your families are all doing well during this crazy time.

We have waited as long as we possibly could to finalize the plans for our 20th Anniversary of The Sickness summer tour. We had hoped that there would be some clear direction and guidelines on how mass gatherings would be conducted this summer. Unfortunately, that clarity has not come and out of an abundance of caution we have made the decision to RESCHEDULE for Next Summer. We are working to get these dates rescheduled and look forward to sharing an update soon.

At the time the dates are rescheduled, refund options will become available, for further details visit LiveNation.com/refund. Thank you for understanding. Please stay safe and we can’t wait to rock.

David, Dan, Mike and John“

Slipknot, Green Day, Korn, Etc. Live Shows To Be Streamed This Weekend As Part Of “PlayOn Fest”

A number of artists will be taking part in the virtual “PlayOn Fest” this weekend. That event will be streamed via Songkick’s YouTube channel on April 24-26 and it will feature: Slipknot‘s 2019 Download Festival set, Green Day’s 2019 set on the MTV World Stage Seville, Korn‘s 2019 album release show for “The Nothing,” Disturbed‘s 2018 Austin City Limits set, Coldrain’s “20180206 Live At Budokan” set, Royal Blood’s 2019 “Pukkelpop” set, Weezer’s 2019 Coachella set, and more. Proceeds will go towards the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

Actor Russell Crowe Says Disturbed’s “The Sound Of Silence” Cover Is “Perhaps The Greatest Rock Vocal Ever”

Russell Crowe has praised Disturbed‘s cover of Simon & Garfunkel‘s “The Sound Of Silence“ once again. The actor recently said the it is “perhaps the greatest rock vocal ever” while sharing a fan-created video featuring the song and imagery from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Back in 2016, Crowe also said that the track “redefined genius.”

2020 Lunatic Luau Cancelled

The 2020 Lunatic Luau in Virginia Beach, VA has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers issued the below statement:

“We are saddened to announce that FM99 WNOR Lunatic Luau 2020 at Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach will no longer be taking place this year. Tickets will be automatically refunded at point of purchase as soon as possible. Please allow at least 30 business days for the refund to process. Tickets purchased at the amphitheater box office will be refunded once the box office reopens. Thank you for understanding.”

David Draiman Says Disturbed Aren’t Playing “The Sickness” In Full On Upcoming 20th Anniversary Tour

During a recent interview with Billboard, David Draiman confirmed that Disturbed won’t be performing “The Sickness” in full on their upcoming 20th anniversary tour. The frontman said the following:

“We won’t do the entire album, but we’re going to do a ton of Sickness material, deeper cuts, stuff people haven’t heard us play off the record for a while, and definitely a huge portion of material will be Sickness-oriented. You can’t, unfortunately — or fortunately, depending on how you look at it — as a band at our level, at this point of our career, you can’t just go out and play one record because everybody came on board at different stations. They want to hear what they fell in love with. There’s definitely new production elements that we’re toying with, that are elements that we’ve maybe used during The Sickness era, but that we’re doing in a new and more provocative way. That’s about all I can say.”