System Of A Down Live

The DDevil Is So Lovely

08/10/2010 - Vega - Copenhagen, Denmark

Lineup:
Serj Tankian: Vocals, guitar, piano
Dan Monti: Guitar, backing vocals
Erwin Khackikian: Piano, backing vocals
Mario Pagliarulo: Bass, backing vocals
Troy Zeigler: Drums, backing vocals
Jeff Mallow: Guitar, backing vocals

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Other Performers:

  • None


Setlist:

  1. Intro (The Hand)
  2. Beethoven's Cunt
  3. Lie Lie Lie
  4. Sky Is Over
  5. Saving Us
  6. Baby
  7. Left Of Center
  8. The Unthinking Majority
  9. Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition
  10. Blue
  11. Elect The Dead
  12. Gate 21
  13. Yes, It's Genocide
  14. Deserving?
  15. Honking Antelope
  16. Electron
  17. Borders Are...
  18. Feed Us
  19. Empty Walls


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Notes:

  • Imperfect Harmonies World Tour.
  • Additional Orchestral Accompaniment includes eight currently unknown musicians.
  • Serj played six new songs from Imperfect Harmonies.
  • Blue was an orchestral version similar to the Elect The Dead Symphony version.
  • Gate 21 included only Serj on piano.


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Photos Courtesy: Goran Kljutic



Review:

Serj Tankian with Flying Cunts of Chaos, August 10th 2010, Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark

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It is four years ago, almost to the day, since System Of A Down went on a hiatus and since then the band members have all been busy with numerous projects.  Malakian and Dolmayan started a new band, Scars On Broadway, Odadjian got involved in numerous art and film projects, but it was band’s singer Serj Tankian who got away with most attention. His debut album Elect The Dead was in many ways similar to the music of SOAD, but the singer/songwriter approach and more focus on folk/etno roots resulted in an album that did stand on its own. Earlier this year Tankian released Elect The Dead Symphony, a live recording of the debut album (with two previously unreleased tracks) together with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. This recording offers a very interesting twist on the well-known songs. At the same time this album is a good indication of a direction we can expect from the forthcoming studio album Imperfect Harmonies. The release date of the album has just been pushed back two weeks so the album will hit the streets on September 21st.

The show was not sol out, which was somewhat surprising, but perhaps the fairly high ticket price was one of the reasons for this. One glance at the stage divided between the orchestral and band instruments, was promising a less ordinary musical experience.

The orchestra took their places first, with five members of F.C.C. entering the stage shortly after.
The main man came out last and after a short intro they ripped into "Beethoven's Cunt" accompanied, by a dreadful sound. The orchestra was buried under the hazy sound of the band and the vocals were way too low. On top of all, both the audience and the musicians looked somewhat distant and not really into the show. Be it that Tankian’s vocals are huge part of his music and live performance; this influenced the otherwise energetic opening even more then on “regular gigs”. The audience looked like a deer caught in the headlights and I spotted numerous puzzled looks at the sound technician who, for some reason, took the whole situation rather settled.

Five songs later the sound got noticeably better, but by then we have already lost the opportunity to enjoy the likes of “Saving Us”, “Lie, Lie, Lie” and “Sky Is Over”.
Once the sound was corrected the interaction between the classical and rock instruments was more apparent and this worked great. Tankian’s singing was phenomenal and it made such a big difference. The crowd and the musicians got much more into it, but even for the rest of the concert the sound was never great, not to mention the drops in the sound which often overshadowed the strings and Tankian’s high notes.
 
If you are familiar with Elect The Dead then you know that vocal arrangements are often quite complex with layers of vocals overlapping each other. Live, Tankian chose not to sample those vocals, but instead competent musicians contributed with vocals eminently. In periods when  sound was decant, it was pleasure to hear four man singing, three guitars playing, bass and drums pumping and strings adding a new dimension to it all. It was energetic, poetic and beautifully executed.

Beside impressive vocal abilities Tankian live is a charming, down to earth performer. He is as political and poetic as he is in System Of A Down and it’s a pleasure to see a man who has markedly points of view, but not preaching for hours.
Much like on the Elect The Dead, the live show too bears the touch of System Of A Down, most noticeably in the heavier songs such as “Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition” and "The Unthinking Majority".
On the other hand the central section of the concert offered number of new and old songs, which were based around piano, the strings and vocals. These were the most intense moments of the concert, where Tankian’s personality and talent were right in everyone’s face. Especially “Blue”, “Gate 21” and “Yes It's Genocide” (sung in Armenian) were regular goose-bump fiesta!

Towards the end of the show band played some more aggressive songs again, culminating with first single off the forthcoming album, the intense “Borders Are”, “Feed Us” and “Empty Walls” which picked up the audience more than any other song of the evening. Therefore it was appropriate to end the show with it. Unfortunately it was too early to finish after only 75 minutes, especially heaving in mind that there were no supporting acts this evening at Vega. Huge problems with sound further weakened what could’ve been an outstanding live experience.
[4/6]

SETLIST:
01 - Intro (The Hand)
02 - Beethoven's Cunt
03 - Lie Lie Lie
04 - Sky Is Over
05 - Saving Us
06 - Baby
07 - Left Of Center
08 - The Unthinking Majority
09 - Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition
10 - Blue
11 - Elect The Dead
12 - Gate 21
13 - Yes It's Genocide
14 - Deserving
15 - Honking Antelope
16 - Electron
17 - Borders Are
18 - Feed Us
19 - Empty Walls

 

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