System of a Down Reunion Tour
|Tour by System of a Down|
|Start date||May 10, 2011|
|Number of shows||
6833 in Europe
21 in North America
8 in Oceania
6 in Latin America
|System of a Down concert chronology|
Following several weeks of internet rumors, the reunion of the band was officially announced on November 29, 2010, when several European festival dates in June 2011 were announced. Later, the band confirmed a Russian show, in Moscow, on June 21, 2011. More European dates were later announced, with several North American headlining dates for May 2011 being announced on March 1, 2011. On March 21, 2011, the band announced a concert in Irvine, California, on May 25, 2011.
On April 7, 2011, SOAD commented on Official website: "We want to know which songs you most want to hear on the road this summer. As a reward for telling us your top 6 setlist requests, one winner from each tour city will win a pair of tickets to his/her local show. They will also win a setlist from the show they attended, signed by all of us." On April 19, 2011, posted this: "For each date of the upcoming SOAD North American and EU Headline Tour, we are auctioning a pair of tickets, plus a personal lunch with John Dolmayan. All proceeds will benefit Music For Relief’s Earthquake and Tsunami Relief efforts in Japan. Click HERE to bid now. In addition, John will be auctioning off his personal drum kit at the end of the tour. The kit will be autographed by John and a collection of other noted drummers... More details coming soon."
On May 6, 2011, the band confirmed a show in Brazil, Rock in Rio Festival, on October 2, 2011, and in July, the band announced four headline shows in Latin America, with one more show in Brazil, and one in Mexico, Argentina and Chile.
On May 14, 2011, The Pulse of Radio, made an interview with the band's drummer John Dolmayan. He was said about the band's five-year hiatus, "I personally don't like breaks - I like to continue playing. But it was nice to go off and be John Dolmayan, as opposed to John from System, for a while. I think everybody had similar feelings."
Asked in October 2011 whether System of a Down will record a new album, drummer John Dolmayan replied, "We're gonna take it day by day. We still have a few more shows to do in South America — we're playing in Buenos Aires and we're playing Santiago, so we're looking forward to that. And then we're gonna go home. We don't generally work during Christmas and New Year's — that's a time for our family and stuff — so we'll be home for the next three or four months. And then Serj takes off and goes to New Zealand for a couple of months — he lives part time in New Zealand. And then I think he's got another solo album coming out next summer. So you might see System touring next summer, you might not. But for the people who are waiting for an album — I know there's a lot of people waiting for an album; I'm waiting for an album just like they are. It's gonna happen when it's right and when we can make something that tops what we've done in the past. Because we don't really wanna rest on our laurels — where what you've done in the past is what you depend on. Well, I don't wanna do that, and I know the rest of the guys don't wanna do that. Instead of resting on our laurels, we wanna throw them away and create something new and specific for this generation that they can say that's their System of a Down."
System of a Down was going to be one of the headliners for 2012's Soundwave festival. This was the first visit in Australia in seven years. Besides the Soundwave festival dates, the band was play three headlining shows in Oceania. The band was headlining the 2012's Heavy MTL Festival in Montreal and Heavy T.O. Festival in Toronto.
The band played on the 2013's Kubana Festival in Russia, the Getaway Rock Festival in Sweden, the Jurassic Rock Festival in Finland, the Aerodrome Festival in Prague, the Frequency Festival in Austria, the Rock 'N' Heim and Rock Im Pott Festivals in Germany, the Rock en Seine in Paris, the Reading and Leeds Festivals in the UK and also play in Poland, the Netherlands and Italy in August.
On November 17, 2014, they announced two more headlining shows: the Olympisky Stadium in Moscow, Russia on April 20, 2015 and the Rock in Rio festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 24 September 2015.
- 1^ Headline dates, non Soundwave Festival appearance.
- Daron Malakian - guitars, vocals
- Serj Tankian - lead vocals, keyboards, guitars
- Shavo Odadjian - bass guitar, backing vocals
- John Dolmayan - drums
- "System Of A Down Drummer On New Studio Album: 'It's Gonna Happen When It's Right'". Blabbermouth.net. October 3, 2011. Retrieved October 3, 2011.