System of a Down Reschedule LA Gigs to February After Singer Serj Tankian Tests Positive for COVID-19

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Los Angeles-based hard rock/metal band System of a Down postponed two planned mega-concerts scheduled for this Friday, Oct. 22, and Saturday, Oct. 23, as front man Serj Tankian has tested positive for COVID-19.

The group shared the update on social media on Thursday afternoon:

“It is with great regret that we must reschedule our Los Angeles performances to February 4th and 5th, 2022. Despite multiple precautionary measures, Serj has unfortunately tested positive for COVID. We’re sorry to disappoint our amazing fans with this last minute news, as we could not wait to finally play for you. However, the health of our band, crew, venue staff, and all of our fans is our top priority. All tickets will be honored for the rescheduled dates. Refund availability will be sent to all ticket buyers via email.”

Korn (whose lead singer Jonathan Davis is still on the mend after his own positive COVID-19 case), Helmet and Russian Circles (whose equipment was just stolen this past week) will again participate in the new dates in February.

Said Tankian on his personal pages:

“After having 3 really fun shows, I got back to LA with flu-like symptoms. I am shocked that it could even be Covid as I am not just vaccinated but also incredibly careful. I am so sorry to have to push these dates yet again especially to those who made sacrifices to be here from out of town. Touring is not something I intend to continue doing down the line so these handful of shows have meant the world to me. Thank you for your love and understanding.”


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These concerts were already postponed due to the pandemic, and this setback of the hometown gigs comes after System of a Down had played concerts in Las Vegas, Fresno and Oakland in the past week.

The new performances from the band come after the group surprise-released a pair of new songs in November — their first new music in 15 years to that point.

Getting new music from System of a Down in 2020 was definitely not something many expected. The band has been embroiled in inner turmoil for years, creative disputes and political differences preventing much in terms of new activity outside of occasional concerts.

Dolmayan (who differs politically from the rest of the band as far as American politics are concerned) told Rock Cellar in late March that “it’s really stupid that we haven’t made an album” in 15 years, addressing the issue directly, but they clearly felt motivated enough to bury the hatchet, so to speak, and release new music for a cause they can all agree about.