Hard rock band System of a Down have announced their first concerts in the United States since 2015 with a run of shows and festival appearances along the west coast this fall. Announced on Monday morning, the band’s short tour will start on Oct. 13 in San Bernardino, Calif., and run for just under a week with a final gig at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena on Oct. 19. Also included on their fall scheduled is a stop at Sacramento’s Aftershock Festival, which System of a Down are co-headlining along with Deftones, Alice In Chains and Incubus. Incubus will also share the billing for the band’s Oct. 13 concert in San Bernardino.
The veteran metal band were inactive from 2006 until their reunion in the summer of 2011. Since then, performances from the group have been somewhat few and far in between. The band, which still consists of vocalist Serj Tankian, Daron Malakian (guitar), Shavo Odadjian (bass) and John Dolmayan (drums), have kept fans waiting for 13 years for their follow up to their 2005 Hypnotize studio album. Monday’s concert(s) announcement didn’t include any update on when their next album would arrive, but older hard rock fans have got to be pretty excited about the band’s return to live performing.
The band also made headlines back in 2015 when they performed a free concert in Yerevan, Armenia (all four members are of Armenian-American decent) in honor of the country's Genocide that took place starting back in 1914. The concert can be watched in full via the video above.
System of a Down will be joined on the select shows by fellow hard rock acts, Incubus, At the Drive-In, Clutch, Pallbearer and Skeletonwitch. The tour’s itinerary with each billing can be seen in the listing below. Tickets to select shows on the upcoming run will be going on sale starting this Friday, April 13, and can be purchased by clicking here. For those hoping to catch the band at Sacramento’s Aftershock Festival, fans can visit the event’s official website for ticketing information.
System of a Down 2018 Tour Dates:
Oct. 13 – San Bernardino, CA - Glen Helen Amphitheater *
Oct. 14 – Sacramento, CA - Aftershock Festival
Oct. 16 – Phoenix, AZ - Talking Stick Resort Arena **
Oct. 17 – San Diego, CA - Valley View Casino Center ** (Click here for tickets)
Oct. 19 – Las Vegas, NV - T-Mobile Arena ** (Click here for tickets)
* = w/ Incubus, At the Drive-In, Clutch, Pallbearer, and Skeletonwitch
** = w/ At the Drive-In and Skeletonwitch