System Of A Down Live

The DDevil Is So Lovely

05/10/2011 - Rexall Place - Edmonton, AB, Canada

Lineup:

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

 

Other Performers:

  • Gogol Bordello

 

Setlist:

  1. Prison Song
  2. B.Y.O.B.
  3. Know
  4. Needles
  5. Deer Dance
  6. Attack
  7. Radio/Video
  8. Hypnotize
  9. Question!
  10. Suggestions
  11. Psycho
  12. Chop Suey!
  13. Lonely Day
  14. Soldier Side - Intro
  15. Soldier Side
  16. Kill Rock 'N Roll
  17. Lost In Hollywood
  18. Forest
  19. Science
  20. Holy Mountains
  21. Aerials
  22. Tentative
  23. Cigaro
  24. Suite-Pee
  25. War?
  26. Toxicity
  27. P.L.U.C.K.
  28. Sartarabad (Traditional, Cover)
  29. Sugar

 

Sources:

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Notes:

  • North American leg of 2011 World Tour.  First System Of A Down performance since August 13th, 2006 (1,731 days).
  • As part of a contest on their official website, fans had the chance to pick six (6) songs for the band to perform each night.  The winner received two tickets to the show and a setlist signed by the band.
  • "Soldier Side" performed for the first time.
  • They added intros for "Question!" and "Cigaro" and an interlude for "War?".
  • The Armenian vocals in "Science" appear to be the same as the ones from 2001-02.

 

Transcript:

Prison Song
Daron:  What’s up Edmonton?
B.Y.O.B.
Know

Daron:  We have come to pull the tape worm out of your ass.  Go!
Needles
Deer Dance
Attack
Radio/Video
Hypnotize

Daron: Merci.
Serj:  Sweet berries ready for two.  Ghosts are no different than you.  Ghosts are now waiting for you.  Are you?  Sweet berries ready for two.  Ghosts are no different than you.  Ghosts are now waiting for you.  Are you dreaming?  Dreaming denied.  Dreaming alright.

Question!
Suggestions

Serj: ?????.
Psycho

Serj:  Clap your hands.  Let’s go Canada!
Chop Suey!
Lonely Day
Soldier Side - Intro
Soldier Side
Kill Rock 'N Roll
Lost In Hollywood

Daron:  You should’ve just stayed in Edmonton, man.  This place is beautiful.
Forest
Science
Holy Mountains
Aerials

Daron:  The reason why this call-this song is called uh, "Tentative" is 'cause we never titled it and we just, we're, we're tentative.

Tentative
Daron:…is much bigger than yours.  My cock can walk right through the door.  With a feeling so pure.  Can’t you see that I love my cock?  Can’t you see that you love my cock too?  And I love you.
Cigaro
Serj:  I want someone to bring me Dick Cheney’s head one day, cut off.  As a present.  Thank you.
Daron:  Tuesday night in Edmonton.  You people are pretty rowdy people for a Tuesday night.  This is the first time we’ve played together in quite some time.  And it’s an honor to share this with you.  You ready for some more System Of A Down rock and roll music?  I said, you ready for some more System Of A Down rock and roll music?  Rock and roll!

Suite-Pee
War?
Toxicity

Serj:  Edmonton, I want you guys to give it up for Gogol Bordello.  I said, give it up for Gogol Bordello!
P.L.U.C.K.
Satarabad
Daron: For mother Armenia.
Sugar

Serj:  Edmonton!
Daron:  Thank you very fucking much.
Serj:  You guys are beautiful, thank you very much.
Daron:  Thank you very much.  It’s been a long time.

 

Pics:

 

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Review:

  • System of a Down shakes off the rust at Rexall Place
     
    Heavy rockers play to 14,000 enthralled Edmontonians

     
    By Ben Gelinas, edmontonjournal.com

    EDMONTON — Frenetic heavy rock outfit System of a Down shook off the rust Tuesday, playing their first show in nearly five years in front of a packed bowl in Edmonton’s Rexall Place.

    The incomparable Armenian-American four-piece, known for a schizophrenic brand of metal that switches effortlessly between squealing or thundering guitars and downright flowery melodies, played to more than 14,000 faithful.

    Their stage was sparse, adorned with rows of adjustable spotlights and a cloth backdrop that projected the band’s logos and, during the slower songs, some mountains.

    At the band’s feet were their trademark Oriental rugs.

    Guitarist and sometimes vocalist Daron Malakian sported a vintage Edmonton Oilers jersey.

    “We have come to pull the tapeworm out of you’re a**,” the band announced early in the nearly two hour-long set.

    SOAD unfortunately seemed in need of the same procedure.

    The band last played together Aug. 13, 2006— and actually kicked off their last summer tour that year with a show at Rexall in late June.

    It’s no mistake that they chose Edmonton as the first stop on their tour. The city loves the band and the room here was guaranteed to bring positive energy.

    This was as much a dress rehearsal as it was a kickoff for their reunion tour, and at first, the cobwebs were obvious.

    The band came out with a powerful sound, instantly comfortable with their old catalogue of bangers and ballads.

    But they had very little physical presence, seeming static and rigid — at odds with their unflinchingly intense sound.

    If you closed your eyes, you’d be impressed. Singer Serj Tankian’s beautiful voice — yes, I know they’re metal — carried to every corner of the arena, sailing over a back-bending wall of riffs.

    But with your eyes open it was hard to believe such a voice in particular was coming from the tall man in the collared white shirt and jeans just standing there during the first few songs.

    Gogol Bordello, the first band on, only made SOAD’s low-key opening more obvious. The nine-piece Gypsy punk band, known as one of the best live acts around, delivered rousing 40-minute set that won over a crowd of largely metal fans with their first accordion and fiddle-heavy song.

    It took System of a Down about half an hour to regain momentum.

    Something changed.

    Malakian broke up the music to say what an honour it is to play Rexall. “I’ve been a huge Edmonton Oilers fan ever since I was a little kid,” he said before heading the crowd in a chant of “Let’s Go Oilers.”

    Tankian started to come out of his shell.

    By the time they broke into the machine-gun chorus of Psycho, Tankian was dancing and throwing his hand into the air, open-palmed, delivering the lines: “Psycho! Groupie! Cocaine! Crazy,” like a crazed preacher. He came alive. At times he went to his knees.

    From then on, the system was up and running again at 100 per cent and there was no slowing it down. The sound never faltered. The crowd was nuts. The whole floor was moving like they were in the front row. There were two mosh pits — one at the front, the other near the back. Slower ballads like Lost in Hollywood had the lighters out and the whole crowd swaying, arms up.

    Lacking a new album, the band played through a deep catalogue of old favourites, breaking out plenty of eccentric anthems like Forest and Science, both underappreciated cuts off their breakout sophomore disc Toxicity.

    By the time they played Sugar, their final song, the set had stretched nearly two hours and it was clear that System of a Down is back, with few consequences from the lengthy hiatus.

    Fans with tickets to their Thursday show in Vancouver should be excited.

 

 

  • System Had Some Ups And Downs
    By Mike Ross ,Edmonton Sun

    There are two reasons bands ban the media from their concerts  as System of a Down did on Tuesday night:

    1. They hate the media.

    2. They haven’t been out for a while, they don’t have a new album and they don’t want the press to see how rusty they are,  so they come to places like Edmonton, Canada, to iron out the show before the big gigs in, say, Rock in Rio this fall.

    Musicians call it paid rehearsal. System doesn’t hate the media. How can you hate someone who slobbers all over you like a loving dog? Pity, maybe, not hate. And let’s make it clear that a ban just means they didn’t give any free tickets to reviewers or allow photos.

    No matter! The media and more than 12,000 fans were happy to pay for the privilege of seeing one of the best modern heavy metal bands in the land, rusty or not, new music or not. We’re just relieved they didn’t break up. It was just a little hiatus.

    Were they rusty? Well, sure. There were a few new wrinkles here and there at the stripped down show - a missed back-up line, a cacked note, a near train-wreck, some pitchy vocals, some ridiculously fast and intricate riffs that weren’t quite as in the pocket as they could’ve been. But hey, this gypsy-metal stuff isn’t easy to play, even if they invented it. It’s hard rock injected with plaintive minor key melodies straight from Eastern Europe, with political substance and led by a guy who can actually sing. The roles haven’t changed: Serj Tankian as the operatic foil to his rather screamier partner Daron Malakian – though they seemed to have switched hair styles in the last six years - backed by Shavo Odadjian on bass and John Dolmayan on drums.

    It’s just the same four Armenian-American friends who threw a twist from the old country into what had become an old sub-genre of metal, speed metal, so named because it is both fast and hard. There was no fakery here, no canned back-up tracks, and production was sparse. The only special effect was the band itself.

    Thats all the fans really wanted anyway. 

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