System of a Down announced a rather big bit of news on Monday. No, the esteemed nu-metal/thrash band didn’t announce its first new album in fifteen years (despite recent buzz), nor was a full slate of tour dates unveiled.
But what was announced is pretty epic in its own right. On Friday, May 22, System of a Down will headline the massive Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, topping a stacked bill that includes Korn, Faith No More, Helmet and Russian Circles.
System of a Down has had a unusual career since releasing Hypnotize/Mezmerize, a pair of albums, in 2005. The band broke up in 2006, but reformed four years later, playing a handful of concerts and going out on a few tours since reforming.
They have not, however, released any new music, instead dabbling in solo ventures (singer Serj Tankian and guitarist Daron Malakian, specifically, have kept quite busy on their own). The lack of activity within the band as new music is concerned prompted drummer John Dolmayan to issue a plea on social media that raised some eyebrows in December, but as of yet it hasn’t led to any new music plans or announcements.
The news of this stadium gig is also noteworthy regarding Faith No More, as the Mike Patton-helmed band did recently announce a comeback of its own, with a few tour dates on the schedule for 2020. This gig with System of a Down is its first in the United States.
Korn, meanwhile, has kept busy for much of the past year, releasing a crushing new record titled The Nothing and touring across the country.
Tickets for this mega-concert will go on sale Friday, Feb. 7 at 10 am via Ticketmaster.