‘System of a Down’ Bandmates Serj Tankian and John Dolmayan Join Akcam, Schiff, and Hamparian in Call for Justice
“Genocide is a disease that continues until today,” System of a Down’s Serj Tankian told reporters on April 1. “As Armenian Americans and as band members who have had family members perish in this horrible tragedy, it’s important for us not just to raise awareness, but to help bring justice to this cause.”
Tankian and bandmate John Dolmayan joined Congressman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Turkish historian Taner Akcam, and Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Executive Director Aram Hamparian in a telephone press call. The five discussed the upcoming Centennial anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and efforts to push the Obama Administration and the Turkish government to recognize the genocide.
System of a Down will embark on an international tour called “Wake up the Souls,” in commemoration of the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide. “For years, we had done a number of shows in Los Angeles called ‘Souls’ that brought attention to the Armenian Genocide, and gathered funds for the cause. Being that this is the 100-year commemoration of the genocide, we decided to make ‘Souls’ into a tour,” said Tankian.
Tankian and Dolmayan provided details about their April 23 show in Yerevan, which will be the last stop for the tour. The show will be the first time the band will be playing in Armenia. “It is a big honor for us to be doing our first show there at the 100th year commemoration of the genocide,” said Tankian.
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