System Of A Down Live

The DDevil Is So Lovely

02/22/2012 - The Trusts Stadium Arena - Henderson, New Zealand

Lineup:

Daron Malakian: Guitar, Vocals
John Dolmayan: Drums
Shavo Odadjian: Bass, Backing Vocals
Serj Tankian: Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards

 

Other Performers:

  • The Dillinger Escape Plan

 

Setlist:

  1. Prison Song
  2. Soldier Side - Intro
  3. B.Y.O.B.
  4. Revenga
  5. Needles
  6. Deer Dance
  7. Radio/Video
  8. Hypnotize
  9. Question!
  10. Suggestions
  11. Disco Inferno (The Trammps Cover)
  12. Psycho
  13. Chop Suey!
  14. Lonely Day
  15. Kill Rock 'N Roll
  16. Lost In Hollywood
  17. Bounce
  18. Forest
  19. Science
  20. Innervision
  21. Holy Mountains
  22. Aerials
  23. Vicinity Of Obscenity
  24. Tentative
  25. Cigaro
  26. Suite-Pee
  27. War?
  28. Toxicity
  29. Sugar 

 

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Notes:

  • Australasian leg of 2011-2012 World Tour.
  • "Sidewave" headlining show.
  • Daron played a few notes of The Allman Brothers' song "Jessica" at the end of "Hypnotize".

 

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Concert review: System of a Down, Trusts Stadium

By Chris Schulz

With his foot-long goatee and oversized hockey shirt, bassist Shavo Odadjian is stalking around the stage, staring down a rabid moshpit with the whites of his eyes.

Drummer John Dolmayan's arms are flailing as guitarist Daron Malakian belts out one riff after another, tipping his top hat to the crowd as he barks like a dog one minute and wails like a banshee the next.

Leading this thrash-metal circus is ringleader Serj Tankian, the Lebanese-born, American-raised Kiwi resident jabbing his finger in the air to punctuate his politically-infused rants that veer between operatic singalongs, spoken word sound bites and comical yapping.

How good is it to see System of a Down back in action?

The Los Angeles-based quartet haven't been here since 2005's Big Day Out, a performance marred by moshpit stoppages and underdone prog-rock experimentalism on the back of that year's ambitious double album release Mezmerize and Hypnotize.

But System proved to be in the form of the careers at a sold out Trusts Stadium, barely pausing for breath as they ripped through nearly 30 songs during an intense 100-minute show in front of what felt like a hometown crowd.

Like other 90s acts on the comeback trail, System - who spent three years on hiatus before regrouping in 2009 - aren't playing new material, instead cherry-picking hits from across their five albums.

Fans knew every word, from the opening sludge metal flurry of Prison Song, to Psycho's barked chorus and Tankian's furiously fast spitting over the military stomp of Revenga. Try doing that when you've had a few beers.

Not many metal acts can get away with mixing up so many styles, like the ridiculous pop chorus of BYOB ("Everybody's going to the party, have a real good time"), or the salsa breakdown in Radio/Video and the lounge room balladeering in Hypnotize.

But it all comes backed by some of the best thrash-metal riffage around. Tracks from their aggressive breakthrough album, 2001's Toxicity, turned Trusts Stadium into a giant trampoline and human sweatbox, like a frenetic Needles, the soaring Deer Dance, Bounce's perfectly-timed grooves and supercharged highlight Chop Suey!

That song saw a group of girls on the Trusts Stadium balcony perform coordinated dance moves, rubbing their eyes and cutting their throats in time with Tankian's lyrics.

And it was that kind of show, with strangers moshing together and high fiving each other over their favourite songs.

As set highlight Aerials kicked the show into overdrive, 4000 fans - half of them going shirtless to escape the sweltering temperatures - tried out their best Tankian impressions, prompting the obviously chuffed singer to remark, "I'm proud to call this place home".

After a performance like that, System of a Down are welcome back anytime

By Chris Schulz

With his foot-long goatee and oversized hockey shirt, bassist Shavo Odadjian is stalking around the stage, staring down a rabid moshpit with the whites of his eyes.

Drummer John Dolmayan's arms are flailing as guitarist Daron Malakian belts out one riff after another, tipping his top hat to the crowd as he barks like a dog one minute and wails like a banshee the next.

Leading this thrash-metal circus is ringleader Serj Tankian, the Lebanese-born, American-raised Kiwi resident jabbing his finger in the air to punctuate his politically-infused rants that veer between operatic singalongs, spoken word sound bites and comical yapping.

How good is it to see System of a Down back in action?

The Los Angeles-based quartet haven't been here since 2005's Big Day Out, a performance marred by moshpit stoppages and underdone prog-rock experimentalism on the back of that year's ambitious double album release Mezmerize and Hypnotize.

But System proved to be in the form of the careers at a sold out Trusts Stadium, barely pausing for breath as they ripped through nearly 30 songs during an intense 100-minute show in front of what felt like a hometown crowd.

Like other 90s acts on the comeback trail, System - who spent three years on hiatus before regrouping in 2009 - aren't playing new material, instead cherry-picking hits from across their five albums.

Fans knew every word, from the opening sludge metal flurry of Prison Song, to Psycho's barked chorus and Tankian's furiously fast spitting over the military stomp of Revenga. Try doing that when you've had a few beers.

Not many metal acts can get away with mixing up so many styles, like the ridiculous pop chorus of BYOB ("Everybody's going to the party, have a real good time"), or the salsa breakdown in Radio/Video and the lounge room balladeering in Hypnotize.

But it all comes backed by some of the best thrash-metal riffage around. Tracks from their aggressive breakthrough album, 2001's Toxicity, turned Trusts Stadium into a giant trampoline and human sweatbox, like a frenetic Needles, the soaring Deer Dance, Bounce's perfectly-timed grooves and supercharged highlight Chop Suey!

That song saw a group of girls on the Trusts Stadium balcony perform coordinated dance moves, rubbing their eyes and cutting their throats in time with Tankian's lyrics.

And it was that kind of show, with strangers moshing together and high fiving each other over their favourite songs.

As set highlight Aerials kicked the show into overdrive, 4000 fans - half of them going shirtless to escape the sweltering temperatures - tried out their best Tankian impressions, prompting the obviously chuffed singer to remark, "I'm proud to call this place home".

After a performance like that, System of a Down are welcome back anytime.

 

Review:

  • Concert review: System of a Down, Trusts Stadium

    By Chris Schulz (nzherald.co.nz)

     

    With his foot-long goatee and oversized hockey shirt, bassist Shavo Odadjian is stalking around the stage, staring down a rabid moshpit with the whites of his eyes.

    Drummer John Dolmayan's arms are flailing as guitarist Daron Malakian belts out one riff after another, tipping his top hat to the crowd as he barks like a dog one minute and wails like a banshee the next.

    Leading this thrash-metal circus is ringleader Serj Tankian, the Lebanese-born, American-raised Kiwi resident jabbing his finger in the air to punctuate his politically-infused rants that veer between operatic singalongs, spoken word sound bites and comical yapping.

    How good is it to see System of a Down back in action?

    The Los Angeles-based quartet haven't been here since 2005's Big Day Out, a performance marred by moshpit stoppages and underdone prog-rock experimentalism on the back of that year's ambitious double album release Mezmerize and Hypnotize.

    But System proved to be in the form of the careers at a sold out Trusts Stadium, barely pausing for breath as they ripped through nearly 30 songs during an intense 100-minute show in front of what felt like a hometown crowd.

    Like other 90s acts on the comeback trail, System - who spent three years on hiatus before regrouping in 2009 - aren't playing new material, instead cherry-picking hits from across their five albums.

    Fans knew every word, from the opening sludge metal flurry of Prison Song, to Psycho's barked chorus and Tankian's furiously fast spitting over the military stomp of Revenga. Try doing that when you've had a few beers.

    Not many metal acts can get away with mixing up so many styles, like the ridiculous pop chorus of BYOB ("Everybody's going to the party, have a real good time"), or the salsa breakdown in Radio/Video and the lounge room balladeering in Hypnotize.

    But it all comes backed by some of the best thrash-metal riffage around. Tracks from their aggressive breakthrough album, 2001's Toxicity, turned Trusts Stadium into a giant trampoline and human sweatbox, like a frenetic Needles, the soaring Deer Dance, Bounce's perfectly-timed grooves and supercharged highlight Chop Suey!

    That song saw a group of girls on the Trusts Stadium balcony perform coordinated dance moves, rubbing their eyes and cutting their throats in time with Tankian's lyrics.

    And it was that kind of show, with strangers moshing together and high fiving each other over their favourite songs.

    As set highlight Aerials kicked the show into overdrive, 4000 fans - half of them going shirtless to escape the sweltering temperatures - tried out their best Tankian impressions, prompting the obviously chuffed singer to remark, "I'm proud to call this place home".

    After a performance like that, System of a Down are welcome back anytime.

     


    By Chris Schulz

    With his foot-long goatee and oversized hockey shirt, bassist Shavo Odadjian is stalking around the stage, staring down a rabid moshpit with the whites of his eyes.

    Drummer John Dolmayan's arms are flailing as guitarist Daron Malakian belts out one riff after another, tipping his top hat to the crowd as he barks like a dog one minute and wails like a banshee the next.

    Leading this thrash-metal circus is ringleader Serj Tankian, the Lebanese-born, American-raised Kiwi resident jabbing his finger in the air to punctuate his politically-infused rants that veer between operatic singalongs, spoken word sound bites and comical yapping.

    How good is it to see System of a Down back in action?

    The Los Angeles-based quartet haven't been here since 2005's Big Day Out, a performance marred by moshpit stoppages and underdone prog-rock experimentalism on the back of that year's ambitious double album release Mezmerize and Hypnotize.

    But System proved to be in the form of the careers at a sold out Trusts Stadium, barely pausing for breath as they ripped through nearly 30 songs during an intense 100-minute show in front of what felt like a hometown crowd.

    Like other 90s acts on the comeback trail, System - who spent three years on hiatus before regrouping in 2009 - aren't playing new material, instead cherry-picking hits from across their five albums.

    Fans knew every word, from the opening sludge metal flurry of Prison Song, to Psycho's barked chorus and Tankian's furiously fast spitting over the military stomp of Revenga. Try doing that when you've had a few beers.

    Not many metal acts can get away with mixing up so many styles, like the ridiculous pop chorus of BYOB ("Everybody's going to the party, have a real good time"), or the salsa breakdown in Radio/Video and the lounge room balladeering in Hypnotize.

    But it all comes backed by some of the best thrash-metal riffage around. Tracks from their aggressive breakthrough album, 2001's Toxicity, turned Trusts Stadium into a giant trampoline and human sweatbox, like a frenetic Needles, the soaring Deer Dance, Bounce's perfectly-timed grooves and supercharged highlight Chop Suey!

    That song saw a group of girls on the Trusts Stadium balcony perform coordinated dance moves, rubbing their eyes and cutting their throats in time with Tankian's lyrics.

    And it was that kind of show, with strangers moshing together and high fiving each other over their favourite songs.

    As set highlight Aerials kicked the show into overdrive, 4000 fans - half of them going shirtless to escape the sweltering temperatures - tried out their best Tankian impressions, prompting the obviously chuffed singer to remark, "I'm proud to call this place home".

    After a performance like that, System of a Down are welcome back anytime.
Concert review: System of a Down, Trusts Stadium

By Chris Schulz

With his foot-long goatee and oversized hockey shirt, bassist Shavo Odadjian is stalking around the stage, staring down a rabid moshpit with the whites of his eyes.

Drummer John Dolmayan's arms are flailing as guitarist Daron Malakian belts out one riff after another, tipping his top hat to the crowd as he barks like a dog one minute and wails like a banshee the next.

Leading this thrash-metal circus is ringleader Serj Tankian, the Lebanese-born, American-raised Kiwi resident jabbing his finger in the air to punctuate his politically-infused rants that veer between operatic singalongs, spoken word sound bites and comical yapping.

How good is it to see System of a Down back in action?

Concert review: System of a Down, Trusts Stadium

By Chris Schulz
Concert
Concert review: System of a Down, Trusts Stadium

By Chris Schulz

With his foot-long goatee and oversized hockey shirt, bassist Shavo Odadjian is stalking around the stage, staring down a rabid moshpit with the whites of his eyes.

Drummer John Dolmayan's arms are flailing as guitarist Daron Malakian belts out one riff after another, tipping his top hat to the crowd as he barks like a dog one minute and wails like a banshee the next.

Leading this thrash-metal circus is ringleader Serj Tankian, the Lebanese-born, American-raised Kiwi resident jabbing his finger in the air to punctuate his politically-infused rants that veer between operatic singalongs, spoken word sound bites and comical yapping.

How good is it to see System of a Down back in action?

The Los Angeles-based quartet haven't been here since 2005's Big Day Out, a performance marred by moshpit stoppages and underdone prog-rock experimentalism on the back of that year's ambitious double album release Mezmerize and Hypnotize.

But System proved to be in the form of the careers at a sold out Trusts Stadium, barely pausing for breath as they ripped through nearly 30 songs during an intense 100-minute show in front of what felt like a hometown crowd.

Like other 90s acts on the comeback trail, System - who spent three years on hiatus before regrouping in 2009 - aren't playing new material, instead cherry-picking hits from across their five albums.

Fans knew every word, from the opening sludge metal flurry of Prison Song, to Psycho's barked chorus and Tankian's furiously fast spitting over the military stomp of Revenga. Try doing that when you've had a few beers.

Not many metal acts can get away with mixing up so many styles, like the ridiculous pop chorus of BYOB ("Everybody's going to the party, have a real good time"), or the salsa breakdown in Radio/Video and the lounge room balladeering in Hypnotize.

But it all comes backed by some of the best thrash-metal riffage around. Tracks from their aggressive breakthrough album, 2001's Toxicity, turned Trusts Stadium into a giant trampoline and human sweatbox, like a frenetic Needles, the soaring Deer Dance, Bounce's perfectly-timed grooves and supercharged highlight Chop Suey!

That song saw a group of girls on the Trusts Stadium balcony perform coordinated dance moves, rubbing their eyes and cutting their throats in time with Tankian's lyrics.

And it was that kind of show, with strangers moshing together and high fiving each other over their favourite songs.

As set highlight Aerials kicked the show into overdrive, 4000 fans - half of them going shirtless to escape the sweltering temperatures - tried out their best Tankian impressions, prompting the obviously chuffed singer to remark, "I'm proud to call this place home".

After a performance like that, System of a Down are welcome back anytime.

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