System Of A Down Live

The DDevil Is So Lovely

05/12/2011 - Rogers Arena - Vancouver, BC, 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:

Source
Format
Quality
Complete
Length
AMT#1
MP4
8.5
No
98
AMT#2MP4
9.0
No
26
AMT#3MP4
8.0
No
33
AUD#1
FLAC9.0
Yes
102

 
 

Notes:

  • North American leg of 2011 World Tour.
  • 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.
  • They added intros for "Question!" and "Cigaro" and an interlude for "War?".
  • The Armenian vocals in "Science" were replaced with "The real men of god are the spirit that moves through all things".
  • AMT#1: Includes Prison Song, B.Y.O.B., Deer Dance, Attack, Radio-Video, Hypnotize, Question!, Suggestions, Psycho, Chop Suey!, Lonely Day, Soldier Side - Intro, Soldier Side, Kill Rock 'N Roll, Lost In Hollywood, Science, Holy Mountains, Aerials, Tentative, Cigaro, Suite-Pee, War?, Toxicity, P.L.U.C.K., Sartarabad (Traditional, Cover), and Sugar.  Also includes more than ten minutes of pre-show and post-show video.  Shot from the left side of the arena close to the stage.  Available in 720p HD.  Uploaded on youtube by backpackdave2011.
  • AMT#2: Includes Prison Song, B.Y.O.B., Know, Needles, Deer Dance, Attack, Radio/Video, Hypnotize, and Question! only.  Shot from the left side of the arena near the back.  Uploaded on youtube by abomb13.
  • AMT#3:  Includes Forest, and Needles and several other songs.  Shot from the left side of the arena near the back.  Uploaded on youtube by RockNMetalNewz.

 

Transcript:

Prison Song
Serj: What’s up Vancouver?
B.Y.O.B.
Know
Daron: We have come to pull the tapeworm out…
Needles
Serj: P-pow motherfuckers.
Deer Dance
Serj: Thank you.
Attack

Serj: Vancouver!  ????? ????? ????? ?????.

Radio/Video
Hypnotize
Serj: Ooh, I have some dance music in my head, but although that’s not what we’re gonna be playing right now.  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: Now you can get going.  With those hips.  I wanna see some hips move in the audience, come on.  Hips move.  Hips move.  Hips move.  Hips move.  Hips move.  We’re in the ?????.  Move.  Hips move.  Hips move.
Psycho
Serj: Clap your hands!  Here we go Vancouver.
Chop Suey!
Lonely Day
Soldier Side - Intro
Soldier Side
Kill Rock 'N Roll
Lost In Hollywood
Forest
Science
Serj: Science is not the only thing that’s failed mother earth.  The human consciousness has failed mother earth.  Man’s respect for each other has failed mother earth.  Man’s overwhelming desire to control others and what’s around them has failed mother earth.  And then we commit genocide.  And then we look at each other and we realize that we are all murderers.  But then, we wake up.  And we are ?????.  We are the victims.  We are the brothers and sisters.  Everyone put your right arm in the air right now.
Holy Mountains
Aerials
Serj:  We love you.
Tentative
Daron: My cock is much bigger than yours.  My cock can make you walk all fours.  With a feeling so pure.  It really did.  Can’t you see that I love my cock?  Can’t you see that you love my cock too?  And I love you.
Cigaro
Daron: Are you people ready for some more System Of A Down style rock and roll music?  I said, are you ready for some more System Of A Down rock and roll music?  Rock and roll!
Serj: Everybody go.

Suite-Pee
War?
Toxicity
P.L.U.C.K.
Serj: Can you tell me, dear grandmother, why your child hurts from hunger and pain?  You can see the orphan you called brothers in her teared eyes, disarrayed.  Can you tell me, my grandson, she said, why this country won’t recognize that day we call genocide.  Believe me grandma, they will pay.
Sartarabad (Traditional, Cover)
Daron: For mother Armenia.
Sugar
Serj: Vancouver!  ????? ?????.
Daron: Good luck to the Vancouver Canucks.

 

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Review:

  • Armenia Mania: System Of A Down Return To Slay Vancouver
    By: Robert Collins, ctvbc.ca

    In 2008 your correspondent sat in a darkened hotel room in London, England with System of a Down's Daron Malakian and listened as the guitarist and songwriter explained in the frankest terms that it was his growing paranoia and resentment towards the star quality of lead singer Serj Tankian that had caused him to put one of the world's biggest rock bands on hiatus.


    Three years later, System of a Down have reformed and returned. And for one of those rare nights, Vancouver was the centre of the rock and roll world as the second System show in five years (the first took place in Edmonton two nights earlier) engulfed Rogers Arena.


    And yet, there was still an element of paranoia in the air. Media passes were impossible to come by. The swarms of photographers who'd normally be covering an event of this magnitude were notable by their absence. Perhaps the band wasn't quite convinced that they were firing on all cylinders yet?


    Thirty seconds into the band's opening track, Prison Song, and it was like they'd never been away. Malakian, having shaved off the Taliban-style beard he was sporting back in London, looked lean and clean in a red dress shirt. Tankian, similarly smart in a crisp white button-up shirt, was vocally impeccable. The crowd, crammed onto Rogers Arena's hallowed floor, lost its collective mind.


    If you've never heard System of a Down, it's not actually that simple a sound to describe. Hugely proud of their Armenian heritage, they've moulded the music of their forefathers into a modern heavy metal framework. Songs will lurch from chugging riffs to lilting ballads and back again, often within the space of a handful of bars. Traditional song structures are out the window. The effect, to the casual listener at least, is Fiddler on the Roof meets Iron Maiden.

           
    It's not just the music that skewers rock conventions. Lyrics are awash with irony. "So you want to see the show / You really don't have to be a ho," crooned Tankian on Psycho. The song Cigaro, sang by Malakian with a devious smile, is even more brazen. Look up the lyrics for yourself.
           
    The performance clung to arena rock protocol by the thinnest thread. The stage backdrops were simple printed curtains. Both stars launched into pirouetting folk dances with little prompting.
           
    Clap your hands simultaneously," instructed Malakian, before launching into another punishing blast of heaviness. "Any suggestions?"
           
    Despite having three Multi-Platinum albums and one Grammy Award lining their trophy cabinets, System of a Down's commercial appeal remains elusive. Even their angriest, heaviest and catchiest riffs – on Chop Suey, BYOB and the set's finale, Sugar – are paired with noodling guitar passages or sections of old-fashioned baritone crooning. Somehow, just about, it works. By utterly rejecting the obvious, System of a Down are fascinating, even after five years away.
           
    As for the rivalry between Malakian and Tankian, you'd have to be looking, but it's still there. For the duration of the two-hour monster set they barely exchanged glances, let alone words. During PLUCK, Tankian was on his knees reciting a monologue about the Armenian Genocide of 1915. Malakian responded to this touching tribute by dancing around the stage waving a sock above his head.
           
    If all this weirdness creates the impression that this was anything other than a great rock and roll show, you'd be mistaken. Alternately ferocious and gentle, System of a Down left Rogers Arena with more questions than answers, but having inspired thousands of magical moshpit memories.
           
    "Good luck to the Vancouver Canucks," smiled Malakian as the band finally strode off the stage.

    Busting conventions doesn't mean there isn't room for good manners.

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