System of a Down extend reunion tour

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System of a Down will return to the road this summer to continue their reunion tour. Joined by special guests Deftones, they will rock the Comcast Center in Mansfield on Thursday, August 9. Tickets, ranging in price from $19.50 to $49.50, will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Live Nation.

After going on hiatus in 2006, System of a Down announced at the end of 2010 that they would reunite in 2011. The upcoming trek will extend System of a Down’s reunion tour to the East Coast after they focused on the West Coast of the United States and overseas last year. With now new album to promote, fans can expect a set of greatest hits and crowd favorites from the hard rockers.

“I know there’s a lot of people waiting for an album; I’m waiting for an album just like they are,” said drummer John Dolmayan in an interview with Brazil’s Multishow last fall. “It’s gonna happen when it’s right and when we can make something that tops what we’ve done in the past. Because we don’t really wanna rest on our laurels — where what you’ve done in the past is what you depend on. Well, I don’t wanna do that, and I know the rest of the guys don’t wanna do that. Instead of resting on our laurels, we wanna throw them away and create something new and specific for this generation that they can say that’s their System of a Down.”

Frontman Serj Tankian will release his third solo album Harakiri on July 10. He is backed by his touring band, the F.C.C. (guitarist Dan Monti, bassist Mario Pagliarulo and drummer Troy Zeigler) on the self-produced album.

Much of the new record was written in 2011, which was an incredibly busy year for the diversely talented musician and what Serj described in a press release as “the busiest, most productive year of my life so far.” It was one of four albums he worked on last year. The others were a jazz record, an electronic record with his friend Jimmy Urine of Mindless Self Indulgence and a full classical symphony called Orca.

Deftones are currently in Los Angeles and recording their seventh studio album and follow-up to 2010’s Diamond Eyes with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Alice In Chains, Foo Fighters). The album will be released via Reprise Records later this year.

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