Amidst much speculation, System Of A Down have announced a North American tour scheduled for this Summer.
The tour will begin on May 10 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and will conclude on May 22 in Las Vegas, NV. It consists of seven shows in seven different cities.
This news follows an announcement late last year that the group would reform to play a string of European festival dates: “We have no master plan of sorts – we are playing these shows simply because we want to play together again as a band and for you, our amazing fans” read their website.
They will be joined on tour by New York gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello as “special guests.”
Bassist Shavo Odadjian told The Pulse Radio that he could never envision the band disappearing forever. “We’re brothers, man, we’ll take bullets for each other,” he said. “So it’s like, you kind of miss each other after a while and you, one guy makes the first move, then another starts making phone calls….this is a juggernaut, man. System Of A Down is my lifeline. It’ll never go away. We could not make a record for 10 years – that’s not gonna happen, but I’m just saying we could – and we’ll come back strong.”
System went on an indefinite hiatus in late 2006 after the highly successful “Hypnotize” and “Mezmerize” albums. The members expressed interest in working on side projects.
Vocalist Serj Tankian has been most successful thus far. He has issued two critically acclaimed albums since the breakup: 2007’s “Elect The Dead” and last year’s “Imperfect Harmonies.” Guitarist Daron Malakian and drummer John Dalmayan performed together in the short-lived Scars On Broadway in 2008 and Odadjian worked with Wu-Tang clan’s RZA on a project called Achozen which has not yet surfaced.
No confirmation has been made on whether the reunion and touring will result in a new album, but the band’s positive vibe and eagerness to play again could be a good indicator.