System Of A Down – Wake Up the Souls Tour
System of A Down – Wake Up the Souls Tour
After their hiatus (2006 – 2010) System of A Down have headlined few festivals in various locations around the World. In November 2014, SOAD announced their Wake Up the Souls Tour.
The tour, that honours the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, originally consisted of 8 international shows. The 8th is a free concert in the Armenian town, Yerevan on April 23rd 2015.
We attended the Amsterdam concert on April 17th 2015.
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3..
From the start, a projection of a Comic-style animation introduced the History of the Armenian Genocide. Fans were told why System of A Down were involved in commemorating the 100th anniversary. The second and third parts were projected later during the concert, similar to an interlude to what was a very long set list. The animation progressed to explain what can be done to avoid such genocides in the future.
What they played..
Below is the Set list from the Amsterdam concert we attended. There was no supporting act; SOAD played a full concert alone. Their performance spanned their full discography, including a few cover songs and Marmalade from their Rarities/B-sides. It was certainly a set-list that satisfied years of waiting to see System of A Down.
Wake Up the Souls – Part 1
- Holy Mountains
- Jet Pilot
- Prison Song
- Soldier Side – Intro
- Deer Dance
Wake Up the Souls – Part 2
- Start Me Up
- Chop Suey!
- Lonely Day
- Kill Rock ‘n Roll
- Lost in Hollywood
Wake Up the Souls – Part 3
- Chic ‘N’ Stu
System of A Down gave an incredible performance. They are a band with a lot of distinctive character and energy; none of which was lacking throughout the concert. Serj Tankian looked his usual self with short hair and a long, thin bushy beard. His live vocal performance perfectly matched his studio performances, with all the energy you’d expect. Daron Malakian looked similar to recent years, in black clothing and a black fedora Daron didn’t dress himself in make-up/ eccentric clothing. Daron’s performance was also full of energy, he appears to enjoy himself on stage and his lead guitar work was perfect. Shavo Odadjian, SOAD’s bassist held his front throughout the show, the mixing gave his bass performance perfect placement without being overwhelming. Shavo seemed perfectly happy, whilst smoking what appeared to be a small taste of Amsterdam towards the end. John Dolmayan’s drumming was powerful and, again, perfectly balanced for all song performances. It would be interesting to find out whether the Comic-book-style animation was Dolmayan’s doing, since he started a Comic book shop 8 years ago.
The mixing/balance of the band was truly amazing, the low-end wasn’t overwhelming and the guitar/vocals weren’t being pitched poorly. Every element/instrumentation of each song could be distinguished from one another, which is surprisingly rare in a lot of live performances. System of A Down gave a powerful performance full of energy and stamina.