System Of A Down Live

The DDevil Is So Lovely

02/28/2012 - Sydney Entertainment Centre - Haymarket, Australia

Lineup:

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

 

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. Psycho
  12. Chop Suey!
  13. Lonely Day
  14. Bounce
  15. ATWA
  16. Kill Rock 'N Roll
  17. Lost In Hollywood
  18. Forest
  19. Science
  20. Holy Mountains
  21. Aerials
  22. Tentative (Aborted)
  23. Tentative
  24. Sultans Of Swing (Dire Straits Cover)
  25. Suite-Pee
  26. War?
  27. Toxicity
  28. Sugar 

 

Sources:

Source
Format
Quality
Complete
Length
AMT#1.MP48.5Yes100
AMT#2.FLV8.0Yes99
AUD#1.FLAC9.0Yes98

 

Notes:

  • Australasian leg of 2011-2012 World Tour.
  • "Sidewave" headlining show.
  • Songs may not be in the correct order.
  • Audio recorded for future use in a live CD and/or DVD.
  • "ATWA" and "Sultans Of Swing" played instead of "Innervision" and "Vicinity Of Obscenity".
  • Daron jumped into the crowd during "Deer Dance"
  • Daron played a few notes of The Allman Brothers' song "Jessica" at the end of "Hypnotize".
  • "Disco Inferno" was not played before "Psycho".
  • Ben Weinman of The Dillenger Escape Plan played guitar on "Aerials".  He previously played guitar on 05/27/2005.
  • Joey Jordison of Slipknot was supposed to play drums on "Suite-Pee" but they couldn't find him when it was his time to play.
  • Daron started to play "Tentative" but John couldn't get back to his drums in time to start the song.
  • AMT#1: Right-cam
  • AMT#2: Center-cam

 

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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.

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Review:

 

  • SYSTEM OF A DOWN WITH THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN – SYDNEY

    Soundwave 2012 headliner System Of A Down played the Sydney Entertainment Centre and it may have been one of the best sets which the centre has ever seen.

    The chaotic The Dillinger Escape Plan was a perfect opener for System Of A Down. Opening with Farewell Mona Lisa, Dillinger blew the entire crowd away. The chaos which was caused on the stage started from the first drum beat and did not stop till they left the stage. Milk Lizard came up next and Greg Puciato’s vocals were perfect even through the drone of the heavy bass line. Playing a set which consisted mainly of songs from their last album Option Paralysis, they did play favourites like Panasonic Youth and Black Bubblegum. The crowd lapped up the set and the band seemed to enjoy it too. Ending their set with 43% Burnt was an excellent way to do so.

    Being told previous to The Dillinger Escape Plan’s set, that System Of A Down’s set would be recorded for a live DVD, the crowd had a greater anticipation. With the massive curtains with the bands logo blocking everyone’s view of the stage; the show started with Deer Dance with the lights behind the curtains illuminating and placing shadows on the curtains. The roars from the crowd was deafening when the curtain finally dropped. Daronintroduced Solider Side – Intro and B.Y.O.B.; bodies were flying everywhere and there was no stopping the crowd singing along. Needles, Deer Dance, Radio/Video and Hypnotize continued the set and there was no stopping the band. Serj was pitch-perfect the entire show and his charisma was infectious.

    Chop Suey kicked the show up another notch, Lonely Day and Lost In Hollywood were emotional; everyone in the centre was singing and it was one of those moments that no one will forget.

    Weinman from Dillinger joined the band for Aerials and not only did the band enjoy him, joining them on the stage but the whole crowd did. Shavo was fun to watch playing to the crowd the entire time and having fun all the time. Cigaro turned into a cover of Sultans of Swing with the words replaced with System Of A Down. The two last songs were Toxicity and Sugar; they were a great way to end the show. There was no encore which seemed to disappoint many in the crowd but considering they played 27 songs there was no disappointment from me. They played one of the best sets I have ever seen.

    Review By: alternatviemusichub.com

 

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