System of a Down will be streaming their first-ever concert in Armenia this afternoon, hosted by Rolling Stone. The show, part of the band’s Wake Up the Souls tour, is significant because it marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, and all four band members are of Armenian descent.
Drummer John Dolmayan told Billboard earlier this month about the importance of this tour:
“It’s even more impactful for me as an Armenian and as a musician. It’s something that transcends music. This is more important than the next System of a Down album. This is something that’s far-reaching and it’s actually bigger than the Armenian genocide itself. This is a world issue.”
After this tour, which started in Los Angeles, California, and included stops in France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, and Russia, the question remains; could there be new music coming from System of a Down? Vocalist Serj Tankian told Rolling Stone that is still remains to be seen if we’ll see new material from the band:
“There has been talk, and we are going to play this tour, come back and we’re going to see where we are. If we have songs that work for System, if I have them and Daron [Malakian, guitar] has them. The openness is there to work together, but we haven’t made any particular plans that we can announce.”