SYSTEM OF A DOWN TO PERFORM IN NEW ZEALAND FEB 22
- It's been a long seven-year drought for System of a Down fans, but on Feb 22 the Armenian-American thrash-metallers will return to New Zealand with a vengeance, nzherald.co.nz reports.
The Grammy-winning band behind hit songs like Chop Suey! and Aerials last performed in Auckland at the 2005 Big Day Out.
It's the band's first New Zealand show since they reunited in 2009 after three-year hiatus. And they haven't performed since October 7 in Chile, but it's likely to be a fired up performance thanks to Serj Tankian, an occasional New Zealand resident, performing in front of what he considers to be something of a home town crowd.
"New Zealand feels like home to me, and while my work takes me many places I always love returning. I'm super-excited to be back home in Auckland again, this time with System," Tankian said.
Recent setlists show System of a Down perform up to 26 songs a night, including everything from Toxicity classics Needles, Bounce and Prison Song, to more recent anthems Lonely Day and Lost in Hollywood.
The Dillinger Escape Plan will open for them, with System of a Down due on stage later in the evening.
Both bands will head to Australia next to perform as part of the Soundwave festival.
- 1837 Creation of the Armenian Supreme Ecclesiastic Council in Echmiadsin - the Synod attached to the Catholicos of All-Armenians.
- 1909 Birth of Taras Toosoozyan in Yekaterinodar (now Krasnodar). He was a Major-General of the Soviet Army. He was the Military Commissar of the Armenian SSR from 1950 to 1969.
- 1931 The Central Affairs Committee decides to establish a Radio-Broadcasting Committee.
- 1932 Birth of architect Arthur Tarkhanyan in Leninakan (Gyoomree). He designed and implemented the "Tsitsernakabert" Genocide Memorial Complex, the "Airarat" (formerly "Rossiya") movie theater, the Palace of Youth, "Zvartnotss" Airport, and many other buildings.
- 1938 Birth of Artavazd Peleshyan in Leninakan (Gyoomree). He became a famous artist, State Prize Laureate, and a master of the documentary film genre .
- 1939 The Armenian Supreme Soviet awards the right to the Opera and Ballet Theater of Yerevan, to be called the Alexander Spendarian Opera and Ballet Theatre.
- 1960 The Armenian Theater Association in Beirut decides to be known as the Vahram Papazyan Association.