System Of A Down have confirmed that they will play a one-off show in London next year.
The band will appear at the SSE Arena on the 10th of April, commemorating 100 years since the Ottoman empire carried out the Armenian genocide of 1915, and beginning the European leg of their Wake Up The Souls world tour. The tour will finish with the band’s first ever Armenian show in Yerevan’s Republic Square.
Describing the show as “exceptionally special and important” frontman Serj Tankian and his SOAD colleagues were at pains to point out that the event was not aimed at being critical of Turkish citizens, rather they are hoping to help ensure that modern Turkish leaders take responsibility for the Ottoman atrocity of 100 years ago.
“As we mark this solemn centennial, please join us and the good people of conscience in Turkey to take a stand for truth and justice, and ask their president and parliament to accept the Republic of Turkey’s moral and material responsibility for the Armenian Genocide,” they said.
“With your help, such a historic step taken in the spirit of human solidarity, heartfelt compassion and justice will not only heal the wounds of one genocide, but will more broadly represent a truly transformative step toward a new age – an era without genocide.”
Tickets for the London show will go on sale at 10am on Friday morning (November 28th) via LiveNation. It will be System Of A Down’s first indoor UK show since 2005.