System Of A Down Live

The DDevil Is So Lovely

08/28/2010 - Little John's Farm On Richfield Avenue (NME/Radio 1 Stage) - Reading, England


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

  • Pendulum
  • Enter Shikari
  • Crystal Castles
  • Frank Turner
  • Kids In Glass Houses
  • Hadouken!
  • 3OH!3
  • Band Of Skulls
  • Everything Everything
  • Rolo Tomassi
  • Complete List Of Performers


  1. Into (The Hand)
  2. Beethoven's Cunt
  3. Lie Lie Lie
  4. Sky Is Over
  5. Saving Us
  6. Left Of Center
  7. Elect The Dead
  8. Electron
  9. The Unthinking Majority
  10. Borders Are
  11. Feed Us
  12. Empty Walls





  • Imperfect Harmonies World Tour.
  • Performing at the 'Reading' Festival.
  • List of performers includes acts on the NME/Radio 1 Stage on August 28th, 2010.
  • Additional Orchestral Accompaniment includes eight currently unknown musicians.
  • PRO#1a: Online stream from BBC broadcast a few hours after the performance.  Likely broadcast in higher quality on BBC Three TV.  Includes "Sky Is Over", "Left Of Center", "Elect The Dead", "Elect The Dead" and "Borders Are" only.
  • PRO#1b: Same as PRO#1a but higher quality.  Likely broadcast in higher quality on BBC Three TV.  Includes "Sky Is Over", "Left Of Center", "Elect The Dead", "Elect The Dead" and "Borders Are" only.
  • FM#1: BBC Radio 1 online stream from 'Rock Show With Daniel P. Carter' broadcast on August 31st, 2010 at 2:00a.m..  Includes "Left Of Center" only.  Features pre-song banter not featured on PRO#1.  Also includes short interview with Serj.




  • Serj Tankian joined by orchestra at Reading Festival

    Former System Of A Down man preaches on the NME/Radio 1 Stage

    Serj Tankian was joined by a string and horn section for the whole of his set on Reading Festival's NME/Radio 1 Stage.

    The former System Of A Down frontman performed a number of tracks from his debut solo album 'Elect The Dead' and its forthcoming follow-up, 'Imperfect Harmonies'.

    With his band and orchestra dressed in black, Tankian stood out in a white suit, dancing and playing air guitar and violin.

    He performed a number of monologues before some songs, criticising capitalism and society. Introducing 'Borders Are' he declared: "Trees don't recognise borders, nature doesn't recognise borders, natural disasters don't recognise borders, the sky doesn't recognise borders – so why the fuck should we?"

    Serj Tankian played:

    'Into The Hand'
    'Beethoven's Cunt'
    'Lie Lie Lie'
    'The Sky Is Over'
    'Saving Us'
    'Left Of Center'
    'Elect The Dead'
    'The Unthinking Majority'
    'Borders Are'
    'Feed Us'
    'Empty Walls'
By NME News

  • Serj Tankian goes up against Dizzee at Reading

    Dressed sharply in a white suit and playing a black acoustic guitar, Tankian thrilled his hardcore fans backed by a small string and brass section.

    The Armenian-American singer rambled between songs, drawing inspiration from his political opinions, "instead of hopping across the forest we will be driving the car and you will be on the fucking hood!" he said to applause from the audience who returned with the chanting of 'Super, Fast, Easy Go!' after which the singer professed, "I don't even know what that means."

    The set list included 'Electron' from Tankian's second solo effort, during which he snaked his hips to the drum beat.  

    As the drum became more furious he said: "The sun will always shine bright until the unthinking majority rise up and get and education," he added as the band blasted back in as the political side of Tankian shouted, "we need to take away the fucking borders," before 'Unthinking Majority'.

    The set ended with huge applause for crowd pleaser, 'Empty Walls'.

By Alex Fahey






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