System of A Down Launch Tour to Mark Genocide Centennial

Tour will culminate with a performance in Yerevan on April 23
System of a Down are hitting the road once again! After a break from touring which has lasted well over a year, System of a Down are revving up once again for a tour to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, reported

April 24, 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, which was carried out by the Ottoman Empire. 1.5 million Armenians were killed during the period of ethnic cleansing, and throughout System of a Down’s career, the Armenian-American quartet has brought awareness to the tragic event.

System of a Down’s 2015 ‘Wake Up the Souls’ tour will consist of seven performances, concluding in Armenia for the SOAD’s first-ever gig in their homeland. “As a band, it’s been one of our dreams to play in Armenia,” says vocalist Serj Tankian. “To be able to play in the homeland of our forefathers while respecting the memory of those that perished in the first genocide of the 20th century will be an honor.”

Drummer John Dolmayan adds, “The pursuit of justice knows no time restraints, recognizes no obstacles, and will not be halted until justice is met, whether it’s one hundred years or one thousand.” The band, however, aims to make it clear that they’re not against the people of Turkey and that “our campaign is about bringing justice, recognition, support and resolve.”

Fans looking for information about the “Wake Up The Souls” tour and/or how to get involved should visit, where they’ll see content curated by the band, along with an interactive “heat map” splash page featuring their statement about the cause, along with tour dates, ticket links, share options, fan-generated content and “Take Action” instructions.

Each tour date will line up with a “Facebook Event Page” to which fans can RSVP, creating a community around each performance. Above the map will be instructions for fans to interact by using the hashtag #wakeupthesouls. As fans tweet and share, the heat map will grow around the world, showing the impact of people talking about the cause and tour on a global scale. The “Take Action” page will give fans the opportunity to send out a pre-populated tweet pledging to stand with the good people of conscience in Turkey and urge for global justice for the Armenian Genocide. This automated tweet will also contain the campaign hashtag, which will cycle back around into the heat map feed.

System of a Down ‘Wake Up the Souls’ 2015 Tour Dates:
04/10 — London, England @ Wembley Arena
04/13 — Cologne, Germany @ Lanxess Arena
04/14 — Lyon, France @ La Halle Tony Garnier
04/16 — Brussels, Belgium @ Forest National
04/17 — Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Ziggo Dome
04/20 — Moscow, Russia @ Olympisky
04/23 — Yerevan, Armenia @ Republic Square


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  1. Armenian said:

    Great idea. It would have been nice to go to the countries that also have not recognized the genocide as a means of promoting awareness and generating news, but I’ll take what I can get.

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