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.”

Russian Circles’ Gear Stolen In Chowchilla, CA

Russian Circles lost a bunch of gear after thieves broke into their U-Haul at a Holiday Inn parking lot in Chowchilla, CA. This news comes as the band are currently out on the road with System Of A Down and Korn.

The band commented:

“WE GOT ROBBED: On the night/ early morning of Oct 17th our Uhaul was broken into at a Holiday Inn parking lot in Chowchilla, CA which is between Fresno and Modesto. Please be on the look out for the items listed and help us spread the word. Any serious information or leads please email: russiancircles@sargenthouse.com

FULL LIST and PHOTOS RUSSIANCIRCLESBAND.COM ??
Stolen Gear / Guitars, Bass, Amps, Cabinets
Electrical Guitar Company Series 2 bass
First Act custom baritone guitar (with custom bear inlays)
Metallic Green Gibson Les Paul Custom ‘85
Tobacco Burst Gibson Les Paul Custom ‘87
Two Quilter Overdrive 202 amps
Two Darkglass 2×12 bass cabinets
Emperor 4×12 guitar cabinet
Peavey 4×12 guitar cabinet
Moog Minitaur
Keith McMillan 12 Step midi controller
Pedaltrain Pro 3 pedalboard and case
Radial JDX DI
Green Men’s All City Ten Speed Bicycle

Pedals:
Cry Baby bass wah
AKAI Headrush E2
Digitech Bass Whammy
Electroharmonix POG2
Darkglass Alpha Omega Ultra
TSVG Hard Stuff
Fuzzrocious 420 Fuzz
Fuzzrocious Rat Tail
Earthquakes Devices Afterneath
Boss TU-2
Voodoo Labs Pedal Power 2
Volume pedal

Microphones
sE 4400a X2
Sennheiser md421 X2
Sennheiser e609
Sennheiser e904 X2
Sennheiser e604
Heil PR40
EV RE20
Telefunken M-82
Audio Technica AE3000
AKG c451 E
AKG C451 EB
Beyer TGD71
Shure Beta57a

Drums:
4-24” Istanbul xist ride cymbal
2-22” Istanbul Mel Lewis ride
1-15” Istanbul mixed hi hats
3-Ludwig atlas boom stands
1-9000 dw hi hat stand
2-9000 dw snare stands
1- Ludwig throne
1-trick kick pedal
1-tune bot”

Korn To Replace Faith No More On System Of A Down’s Fall West Coast Dates

Korn have been added to the rest of System Of A Down’s West Coast shows with Russian Circles. The band will be replacing Faith No More, who recently cancelled all of their fall concerts due to Mike Patton’s battle with mental health struggles. Here’s the dates:

10/15 Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
10/16 Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center
10/18 Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena
10/22 Los Angeles, CA – Banc Of CA Stadium (with Helmet)
10/23 Los Angeles, CA – Banc Of CA Stadium (with Helmet)

System Of A Down, Faith No More, & Russian Circles Announce West Coast Dates

System Of A Down, Faith No More, and Russian Circles have announced a few more shows together. Here’s their updated schedule:

10/15 Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
10/16 Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center
10/18 Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena
10/22 Los Angeles, CA – Banc of California Stadium (feat. Korn and Helmet)
10/23 Los Angeles, CA – Banc of California Stadium (feat. Korn and Helmet)

Russian Circles Announce 2022 European Tour

Russian Circles have announced a 2022 European tour. This news comes as the band are preparing to record a new album.

Tour Dates:

04/14 Prague, CZE – Lucerna Music Bar
04/16 Monthey, SWI – Pont Rouge
04/17 Zurich, SWI – Rote Fabrik
04/18 Munich, GER – Technikum
04/20 Esch Sur Alzette, LUX – Kulturfabrik
04/22 Paris, FRA – Bataclan
04/23 Orleans, FRA – Astrolabe
04/24 Nantes, FRA – Warehouse
04/26 Toulouse, FRA – Metronum
04/27 Biarritz, FRA – Atabal
04/28 Madrid, SPA – Sala Mon
04/29 Porto, POR – Hard Club
04/30 Lisbon, POR – Lisboa Ao Vivo
05/01 Sevilla, SPA – Sala Custom
05/03 Barcelona, SPA – La2
05/05 Milan, ITA – Circolo Magnolia
05/06 Rome, ITA – Orion Club
05/07 Bologna, ITA – Tpo
05/09 Rijeka, CRO – Pogon Kulture
05/10 Budapest, HUN – Durer Kert
05/11 Vienna, AUT – Flex
05/12 Leipzig, GER – Conne Island
05/14 Lohr Am Main, GER – South Of Silence
05/15 Berlin, GER – Astra
05/17 Gothenburg, SWE – Musikenshus
05/18 Stockholm, SWE – Slaktkyrkan
05/20 Oslo, NOR – Parkteatret
05/21 Copenhagen, DEN – A Colossal Weekend
05/22 Hamburg, GER – Gruenspan
05/23 Koln, GER – Die Kantine
05/24 Antwerp, EL – Trix
05/26 Athens, GRE – Gagarin 205

System Of A Down, Korn, Faith No More, Etc. Postpone Los Angeles Shows To October

System Of A Down, Korn, Faith No More, Helmet and Russian Circles have postponed their Los Angeles stadium shows once again due to the coronavirus pandemic. The concerts are now scheduled take place at the Banc Of California Stadium on October 22-23. System Of A Down commented:

“Our shows at the Band Of California Stadium in May have now been rescheduled to October 22 and 23. Your ticket will be honored accordingly. If you cannot make the new date or prefer a refund, you should have received an email with your refund options. If you did not receive an email, please contact your point of purchase. For more information please visit: livenation.com/refund. Hopefully this will be the last time the dates are moved because we’re very excited to see you all ASAP.”

Watch Mastodon, Russian Circles, Etc. Members Cover Alice In Chains’ “Rain When I Die”

“Two Minutes To Late Night” have shared footage of their host Jordan “Gwarsenio Hall” Olds performing a quarantine cover of Alice In Chains’ “Rain When I Die” with Justin Suitor (Painted Wives), Brann Dailor (Mastodon, Arcadea), Mike Sullivan (Russian Circles) and Stephen Brodsky (Cave In, Mutoid Man). You can check that out below. “Two Minutes To Late Night” commented:

“Martin Scorsese’s Alice in Chains doesn’t live here anymore. We covered “Rain When I Die” and we did it with some added panache! This is our 23rd bedroom cover made with the support of Patreon. With so many musicians stuck at home with no outlets, we’re going to keep producing these style videos and use the Patreon to give some money to everyone who has a part in them. Please support our friends by donating to our newly redone Patreon at http://www.honorableswords.com

System Of A Down, Korn, Faith No More, Etc. Announce Rescheduled Los Angeles Shows

System Of A Down, Korn, Faith No More, Helmet and Russian Circles have officially rescheduled their Los Angeles stadium shows. The concerts will now take place at the Banc Of California Stadium on May 21-22, 2021. System Of A Down commented:

“We’re excited to announce that the rescheduled dates for our double-header with Korn, Faith No More, Helmet, and Russian Circles have been confirmed for May 21 & 22, 2021. Existing tickets will be honored for the new dates. We look forward to bringing this weekend to life next year when it is safe for our fans, crew, and venue staff. Thank you for your patience and understanding. For refund inquiries, please visit livenation.com/refund.”