Band to perform in Yerevan on April 23
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (A.W.)—World-renowned rock band System of a Down announced its April 2015 “Wake Up the Souls” tour, in commemoration of the Armenian Genocide centennial.
The tour begins on April 10 in England, and—after concerts in Germany, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, and Russia—concludes on Republic Square in Yerevan on April 23.
“For years we have commemorated [the Armenian Genocide] by doing a ‘Souls’ show, so we decided to call this tour the Wake up the Souls tour,” said SOAD’s Serj Tankian. “We’re playing in Armenia for the first time on April 23rd, the day before the commemoration of the 100th anniversary,” he added.
Tankian talked about the importance of justice for the Genocide. He said, “If someone killed my family and burned my house down, and I’m running after them for a hundred years for them to turn around and say, ‘sorry.’ What does that mean?”
Call to Action
System of a Down issued a call to action on its website, asking their fans worldwide to “join us and the good people of conscience in Turkey to take a stand for truth and justice, and ask their President and Parliament to accept the Republic of Turkey’s moral and material responsibility for the Armenian Genocide.”
“With your help, such a historic step taken by the people of Turkey in the spirit of human solidarity, heartfelt compassion and justice will not only heal the wounds of one genocide, but will more broadly represent a truly transformative step toward a new age—an era without genocide,” read the statement.
For more details, go to http://www.systemofadown.com.
Watch the video announcing the #WakeUpTheSouls tour below.