System of a Down make Armenia proud with massive 37-song set — watch

Two-and-half-hour performance marked the band's first-ever concert in the country


    System of a Down embarked on their “Wake Up the Souls” Tour earlier this month to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. To cap off the excursion, the band, made up entirely of Armenian-American musicians, performed their very first concert ever in Armenia.

    SOAD put on a free show in Yerevan’s Republic Square, where they played for nearly two-and-a-half hours and delivered some 37 songs. “In Armenia, our status is unparalleled,” frontman Serj Tankian said in an interview with Rolling Stone. “I don’t want to use any monikers like the Beatles or anything, but it’s a unique kind of thing. So we want to go there and play for the people, which we’ve never done as System of a Down.”

    More than just remembering and asking for reparations for the 1.5 million Armenia deaths in 1915 at the hands of the Ottoman Empire, Tankian said the tour was about ending all genocide. “Part of it is bringing attention to the fact that genocides are still happening, whether you use the word ‘genocide,’ ‘holocaust,’ or ‘humanitarian catastrophe. None of that is changing. We want to be part of that change. We want the recognition of the first genocide of the 20th century to be a renewal of confidence that humanity can stop killing itself.”


    Replay the entire show below. The full setlist follows

    System of a Down – Live in Armenia Setlist:
    01. Holy Mountains
    02. Jet Pilot
    03. Suite-Pee (Incomplete)
    04. Prison Song
    05. U-Fig
    06. Aerials
    07. Soldier Side – Intro
    08. B.Y.O.B.
    09. I-E-A-I-A-I-O
    10. Radio/Video
    11. Bubbles
    12. CUBErt
    13. Hypnotize
    14. Dreaming (Incomplete, middle breakdown only)
    15. Needles
    16. Deer Dance
    17. P.L.U.C.K.
    18. Sartarabad ([traditional] cover)
    19. Psycho (with “Start Me Up” by The Rolling Stones intro)
    20. Chop Suey!
    21. Lonely Day
    22. Question!
    23. Bounce
    24. Kill Rock ‘n Roll
    25. Marmalade
    26. Lost in Hollywood
    27. Spiders
    28. Mr. Jack (with “Hezze” during guitar solo)
    29. Science
    30. Chic ‘N’ Stu
    31. ATWA
    32. War?
    33. Arto
    34. Cigaro
    35. Roulette
    36. Toxicity
    37. Sugar

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