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System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian Comments On His Current Health Issues And His Lack Of Interest In Full-Scale Touring


Serj Tankian, vocalist for multi-platinum Armenian American metal activists System Of A Down, recently suggested that the group have something reflective planned for 2023. Amid a recent chat with Metal Injection, Tankian poured some cold water on any full-scale touring, while also addressing the current health issues he faces.

When asked if the band would consider celebrating last year’s 20th anniversary of the band’s 6x multi-platinum sophomore album “Toxicity“, Tankian replied:

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“‘Toxicity‘ by itself is too short to play as a set. Right, so that’s one. But second is that I have, you know, based on my health issues and kind of redundancy in doing the same thing over and over again in terms of touring, it’s something I’m not very interested in doing at this time. Not just for System, for my own stuff, for orchestra or solo stuff. I just haven’t been touring. I also had back surgery last year.

I’ve got certain issues that I’m getting over that are health issues that are affecting my mobility. I mean, I walk fine and I’m able to do stuff and I could perform. But the travel of a tour really, really affects me at this point. That and, to be honest with you, it’s not in my creative purview, you know? So a show here and there we’ve done and might still do. But as far as doing a specific thing, it’s not really something where I’m at right now.”

He continued:

“When you’re doing a full tour, those first two or three shows are really exciting, you know? Because you haven’t toured in a while and you’re playing the sets. You’re out there and you’re moving around and then you got the same set on the fourth show, fifth show, sixth show. By the 10th show, it’s fucking, what’s that movie? The Bill Murray one? ‘Groundhog Day‘. You know, it becomes ‘Groundhog Day‘.

And you still have fun because it’s a different audience, different city and all that, but it becomes a bit automatic, mechanical, a bit. And to me, that’s redundant artistically. Having one show that’s in a special place, done in a special way, is more interesting.”

Tankian was also once again asked about any future musical output from System Of A Down. The band have infamously been at a creative impasse for over 15 years now. There was a small glimmer of hope in late 2020 however, when the outfit released a pair of new songs. Those tracks were put together to benefit the people of Artsakh and raised over $600,000 dollars in aid money.

When asked about the possibility of a new album, he offered:

“…It’s kind of like someone saying, I mean, I don’t know. If you’re an architect and you design this incredible museum and everyone comes back to you and says, ‘when are you going to do a museum again?’ And you’re working on, I don’t know, industrial projects at this point or whatever, but you’re like, oh yeah, I’m grateful that you like that design. That’s rad, you know? And I guess when the opportunity comes up to do a museum again, I’ll do a museum again and that’s exactly what it is.”

Tankian‘s prolific streak continued last week with the release of his new EP “Perplex Cities“. He also currently has an art exhibition titled ‘Shapeshift – A Dynamic Dive Into Diversity‘ on display at Stephanie’s Gallery in La Cañada Flintridge, California through to November 01st.

April will see the debut of his new orchestral suite “Invocations” at The Soraya at the California State University in Los Angeles, CA on April 29th.

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