With almost no leg power after 2 gigs in a row (from attending Soundwave Sidewaves), we went to see another headliner of the festival, System of a Down last Tuesday, February 28.
The opening band was The Dillinger Escape Plan, who played a short set of 9 songs including Farewell, Mona Lisa and 43% Burnt.
Around 9 pm the epic of the night started, with System of a Down jumping on stage in front of a full house, opening with Prison Song shaking the Entertainment Center with tons of fans jumping up and down at the same time.
Serj Tankian took over the stage with his bandmates Daron Malakian, Shavo Odadjian and drummer John Dolmayan playing pretty much the same set from Soundwave in equal electric intensity, talking more to the public this time as a very funny Daron Malakian joked while starting a song without their drummer saying: “we are soooo professionals ha ha ha”.
2 highlights of the show were when Ben Weinman from The Dillinger Escape Plan, joined System to play the song Aerials, followed by when Daron performed a cover of Dire Straits’ Sultans of Swing including Sydney in the lyrics.
Minor sound issues with the bass in one of the songs were not a problem for the band pulling out a great performance and true celebration of their reunion, giving the Sydneysiders a full setlist of 27 songs including hits like Chop Suey!, Toxicity (which included the biggest circle moshing ever, courtesy of Daron who invited the crowd to go insane), Forest, Lost in Hollywood and finishing the gig with the popular hit Sugar.
WAKE UP! and see some postcards of the venue below:
\m/ SYSTEM OF A DOWN \m/
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