System of a Down Rock Massive Crowd During Historic Show in Armenia – Watch Full Concert
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Yesterday (April 23), System of a Down offered a free live stream of their first-ever concert in Armenia. Well, we’ve got some good news for those of you who where unable to watch the live stream. The band has left the entire pro-shot concert up for your viewing pleasure (watch above).
System's performance yesterday marked the last date on their Wake Up The Souls tour, which saw the band playing arenas all over the world. SOAD's show in front of a massive crowd at Armenia's Republic Square included a marathon 37-song set filled with fan favorites and deep cuts spanning the group's entire discography.
System of a Down's Wake Up the Souls trek was launched to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, and System's aim was to raise awareness of the massacre during their tour dates. From 1915 to 1923, more than 1.5 million Armenians were killed by the Ottoman Empire and the Turkish government still doesn’t recognize the massacre happened.
Last night's show was a homecoming of sorts for System of a Down, whose members are all from Armenian descent. Vocalist Serj Tankian and guitarist-singer Daron Malakian addressed the crowd multiple times in both English and Armenian to talk about the significance of the genocide for the Armenian people. The band even changed up some of the words in their songs to signify the momentous occasion, with Tankian singing the first line of "Hypnotize" as "Why don't you ask the kids at Republic Square?" instead of "Why don't you ask the kids at Tiananmen Square?"
For those interested in getting involved and helping bring attention to the historical tragedy, head to the band’s website and check out their “Take Action” and “Social” buttons.
System of a Down next tour date is scheduled for Detroit on June 17. As for a new album, Tankian had this to say during a recent Reddit AMA, “We will be getting together to look at what inspires us today. If that leads to an album, then great, if not, then that’s fine too.”
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