Grammy winning band SYSTEM OF A DOWN is teaming with Rolling Stone to live-stream their first-ever concert from Armenia.
The show can be seen at Rollingstone.com tonight, April 23, at 9:30 am pst / 12:30 pm est.
The concert marks the culmination of the band’s “Wake Up The Souls” tour, a global trek to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The arena tour, which is System of a Down’s first since 2013 and includes the band’s first-ever performance in Yerevan’s Republic Square, kicked off April 6th at the Forum in Los Angeles.
April 24th, 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, an attempted extermination of the Armenian people by the Ottoman Empire. From 1915 through 1923, 1.5 million men, women and children were starved, shot, beaten and banished to die in the desert during one of history’s greatest crimes. Though considered by many to be the first genocide of the 20th century, the Turkish government denies it ever happened.
System Of A Down’s landmark tour took them to Germany, France, Belgium, Netherlands and Russia. The group, whose four members are all of Armenian descent, have lost family members and history to the Genocide and have worked tirelessly over the years to promote awareness.
Since their arrival in 1998, System Of A Down has released 5 studio albums, sold over 31 million copies worldwide, had three No. 1 debuts on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart, garnered a Grammy win and amassed a global following whose members numbers in the tens of millions. They’ve written and recorded 7 top 10 radio hits, 2 of which were chart-topping No. 1’s (2002’s “Aerials” and 2005’s “Hypnotize”). In 2005 System Of A Down released both Mezmerize and Hypnotize in two installments as a dual album in a single year. Each debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and on charts around the world, achieving the rare feat of having two No. 1 albums in the same calendar year. “B.Y.O.B.” (Bring Your Own Bombs) was the first single released from Mezmerize and earned the band a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance.
For more info, visit systemofadown.com.