Watch Today: Live Stream of System of a Down’s First-Ever Performance in Armenia
Today at 12:30PM ET / 9:30AM PT you’ll be able to watch System of a Down perform live in the player above! The band and RollingStone.com will be streaming the band’s first-ever performance in Armenia, which is the group’s last date on its Wake Up the Souls trek; but it holds another special meaning.
This year is the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, and the band, whose four members are all of Armenian descent, will commemorate that tragedy today. In fact, the entire 'Wake Up The Souls' tour was focused on bringing awareness of the 1915 tragedy.
April 24, 1915 is seen as the beginning of the attempted extermination of the people of Armenia, and over a span of 8 years, over 1.5 million Armenians were killed by the Ottoman Empire. The Turkish government still denies the massacre took place and System of a Down has used this tour to combat such policy.
Drummer John Dolmayan has said, “It’s truly an honor for System of a Down to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the Armenian Genocide by performing our first-ever concert on Armenian soil.” While in a Reddit AMA earlier this month, Serj Tankian talked further about their social agenda, “The Genocide and our quest for justice has now been engrained into the DNA of Armenian culture and has become the most prevalent characteristic and bond among our people. No culture wants to be victimized forever. But does that have to take over our cultural treasures? Isn’t what we’re doing with System Of A Down the perfect marriage of that? To present our cultural assets while fighting for justice. One without the other is an irreversible loss I think.”
Watch System of a Down perform today at 12:30PM ET / 9:30AM PT in the player above!
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