System Of A Down brought their only 2015 United States show to the Detroit area.

Just last month System Of A Down celebrated the 20th anniversary of their first show together.  Recently they visited Clarkston, Michigan for only their second stop in the United States this year. The band is currently on tour for their Wake Up The Souls Tour. The tour commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide along with raising awareness of the events which saw roughly 1.5 million Armenians killed by the Ottoman Empire in 1915. All four members of the band are Armenian Americans.

The show began with the electricity of an old school rock show. The “get sweaty and do some moshing” type rock show. With 18,000 people filling DTE, the energy and buzz was palpable as the show begin with “Deer Dance.” Just a couple of songs in, it felt like everyone in attendance knew what to do. Whether it was singing along, moshing, throwing a fist in the air, or rocking out on the lawn, these fans craved this show and were definitely being rewarded.

With this being the only U.S. show on the tour, there were fans that traveled from everywhere. As soon as the song “Aerials” began, the crowd hit their stride. The energy quickly carried the band into “B.Y.O.B.” which won a Grammy in 2006 for best hard rock performance.  The set included all their hit songs like “Hypnotize,” “Lonely Day,” “Psycho,” and “Chop Suey,” which brought the moshers out in force.

Not one person headed for an early exit. The energy was intense for the last two songs, “Toxicity” and “Sugar.” If not for a local 11pm curfew ordinance, the band surely would have played longer. Being the only U.S. appearance brought out the die-hard fans, the ones who sang every word to every song and moshed and danced like veterans. This made for one of the best rock shows to come through town in some time. It has been 10 years since the band’s last album and, if the indication of this crowd meant anything, the demand is high for a new one.

Right now it appears this tour and the message it portrays are first, as it should be. This is a powerful live show and a must see for many reasons. This tour is continuing all over the world with stops upcoming in Canada, Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico. While you may not be able to make it to one of those dates, you should definitely plan to check out the band next time they come through your hometown.

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Born and raised in metro Detroit, Steve has been photographing since he first discovered the throwaway camera. He spent most of his youth in concert venues developing a love for the live show. In the past couple of years Steve has been able to combine those hobbies. For Steve there is no better escape than having music to hear and a lens to look through. He looks forward to sharing his photographic eye with you here on National Rock review.

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