System of a Down Says Interested in Eurovision 2009

YEREVAN (ArmRadio)–World renowned Armenian-American rock band System of a Down has expressed interest in representing Armenia in next year’s Eurovision song contest to be hosted in Russia, reported independent ArmRadio Correspondent Jean Eckian on Wednesday.

Serj Tankian, the group’s lead singer, recently said that the group would consider performing in Eurovision only if they would be allowed to use Eurovision as a means to advance the recognition of the Armenian Genocide.

"Eurovision would be an excellent way to make this theme known. We must seriously think of this." Tankian said.

System of a Down, which has been advocating for Armenian Genocide recognition since its early garage band days is noted for the liberal political views expressed in their songs. The band’s music tackles a myriad subjects including War, corruption, religion, drug use, censorship, human rights violations, and Genocide.


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