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WATCH: System Of A Down Rock Armenia

System of a Down is giving fans a chance to check out its historic concert in Armenia, which took place Thursday (April 23), online via

The show, which took place in the city of Yerevan, marks the Armenian-American group's first show ever in the country and is part of a special tour it launched to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide during World War I. (Today, April 24, is the actual worldwide commemoration of the tragedy.)

Just before the tour, SOAD frontman Serj Tankian told us how much the show meant to he and the rest of the band:

"Well, it is the first time we'll be playing in Armenia and it is a big honor for us to be doing it at the 100th year commemoration of the genocide. There's no reason we haven't played before. I personally have played there on my solo tour with an orchestra and also with my backup band. I think the logistics to put something like this in place in Armenia is a very difficult process, and it's taken a long time to get together. That's part of the answer, basically."

System of a Down has three North American dates planned for June and an appearance at the Rock in Rio festival on September 24 in Brazil.


Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.