So, HUGE NEWS! System of a Down are back on the scene! The hard rock titans are set to play a brief run of European dates in 2017. The news comes following images shared to the band’s Instagram showing them in rehearsing for something, but gave no indication as to whether that something was a new album or a tour. Now we have our answer, as the band is set to play 7 dates in June and July of next year.
The news comes near the end of a year which saw fans of System of a Down demanding US shows, but the band did not play a single date in 2016 and have no plans to do so for the rest of the year. Recently, Serj Tankian said in an interview that the band had been discussing the possibility of writing new material – “We’re communicating and trying to see if we can bring our material together,” Serj said. “There’s definitely a lot of communication going on, a lot of back and forth. I can’t make a statement in terms of whether we’re going to have a record or not, because we haven’t gone into the studio and done it. But there’s definitely communication going on, songs being played to each other and all that stuff, so it’s good. We’ll see what happens. I think it would be great to create something brand new in a new direction. It would be very exciting, but everyone’s got to be on board, on the same page, and it’s got to be done in a way so that everyone is happy. If we can do that, we’ll do it.” (h/t Loudwire)
So, there’s at least a chance that the band will release a new album at some point in the future. For now, they’re confirmed to play festival dates overseas along with a few one-off shows. One can only presume this announcement will be followed by one of a North American tour, either before or after the EU dates. Here’s hoping we get US-related System of a Down news in the near future. Check out the confirmed dates below.
06/07 – Nancy, France @ Open Air Zenith
06/10 – Paris, France @ Download Festival
06/12 – Prague, Czech Republic @ O2 Arena
06/17 – Lodz, Poland @ Impact Festival
06/20 – Nimes, France @ Nimes Festival
06/23 – Madrid, Spain @ Download Festival
07/02 – Arras, France @ Main Square Festival