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Former System of a Down frontman and solo artist Serj Tankian is in the middle of writing a follow-up to his acclaimed poetry book, “Cool Gardens”. The new collection of works is yet to be titled but will feature illustrations by Roger Kupelian, the director of Serj’s music video for “Honking Antelope.” Serj wants to create a visual/interactive element to the new poetry book and more details will be released as they are available.
Serjical Strike Records has announced that they will be re-releasing "Serart." The album that was originally produced by Serj and Arto, "Serart - Deluxe Edition" now includes two previously unreleased remixes by Bill Laswell and Jimmy Urine (Mindless Self Indulgence). An eclectic array of textured tracks, "Serart - Deluxe Edition" mixes Middle Eastern melodies with Pan-African rhythms while shifting from classical motifs to bursts of percussion. Included with the audio "Serart - Deluxe Edition" also features a DVD containing the short film “Sun Angle Calculator,” with music scored by Serj Tankian himself.
You can buy the record in your local record store or you from the Serjical Strike Store starting April 21, 2009.
Rumours are spreading that Korn will bring back their Family Values tour this year with themselves as headliners. The biggest rumour is that the recently reunited Limp Bizkit will be on the bill as co-headliner. Other names being thrown around include Suicidal Tendencies, Gojira, Serj Tankian, Haste The Day, Incubus and legendary rapper Ice Cube, who appeared on the 1998 edition of the tour.
Two of Serj Tankian's video have been selected as winners of awards from the Music Video Production Association:
Best Video Produced for Under $25,000: Ara Soudjian of Xapnet Productions for Serj Tankian "Money"
Rock: Tony Petrossian of Rockhard Films for Serj Tankian "Empty Walls"
You can check out all the winners for the various categories here.
While down under for his appearance at the Big Day Out festival (and solo shows with Fantomas), Serj Tankian will be performing a one-off show with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. The show will take place on Monday, March 16, 2009 at the Auckland Town Hall and they will be performing songs from Tankian's solo debut "Elect The Dead" and "some unreleased extras."
Serj comments further: "All the songs will be reinterpreted to fit with the orchestra, as the F.C.C. will not be playing this show with me. It’s just the orchestra and I; the arrangements for the orchestra were made by respected New Zealand composer John Psathas."
"I'm elated to have the opportunity to arrange my songs from Elect the Dead for a full orchestra with the APO. The arrangements will be quite different than those on the record including bonus tracks never played live, and John Psathas will be helping me outfit my string arrangements for the full orchestra. We'll also be taping the performance for a worldwide DVD release later in the year. Yes for real, we will be putting this out on DVD."
Former System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian has revealed that he is currently composing songs for a musical entitled, "Prometheus Bound" which is based on the ancient Greek tale of a mortal who stole fire from the gods. The shows book and lyrics were written by Steven Sater, who has achieved success on Broadway with "Spring Awakening"
Tankian says: "It's, I mean, I've worked with Daron (Malakian, System Of A Down guitarist), who's written some lyrics, but mostly I've wrote my own lyrics. So working with a playwright who's giving you everything that should be done and you could just provide the music as a composer is really interesting. It's exciting. It's a whole new thing for me, you know. I've never done this before, so I'm in."
Former System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian has been confirmed for Australia's Big Day Out festival which is set to begin January of next year.
The Big Day Out dates are as follows:
January 16th - Auckland
January 18th - Gold Coast
January 23rd - Sydney
January 26th - Melbourne
January 30th - Adelaide
February 1st - Perth
System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian and former Faith No More vocalist Mike Patton have collaborated for a track on the "Body Of Lies" soundtrack. You can listen to the song, "Birds Eye," on Serj Tankian's MySpace page.
Billboard.com reports: Ozzfest 2008, with Metallica and Ozzy Osbourne as headliners, grossed nearly $3.5 million and drew close to 30,000 people to Dallas' Pizza Hut Park, according to producers Sharon Osbourne and AEG Live.
Sponsored by Affliction Clothing, this year's Ozzfest marked the return of the 13-year-old hard music brand after a free run at amphitheaters last year. This year's one-off event did "fantastically well," Sharon Osbourne told Billboard.com. "The one thing is you want for the kids to go away and keep talking about what a great show it was, and that's what they're doing."
In addition to Metallica and Osbourne, mainstage acts were Serj Tankian, Hellyeah, Johnathan Davis, Cavalera Conspiracy, Shadows Fall, Apocalyptica, and In This Moment. The second stage featured Sevendust, Devildriver, Kingdom of Sorrow, Soilent Green, Witchcraft and Goatwhore. On the third stage were the Sword, Drowning Pool, Rigor Mortis, Within Chaos, The Destro and "battle of the bands" winners Debris and Black Tooth.
Osbourne says plans are for Ozzfest to return to Dallas again next summer, likely as a two-day festival, and other cities are also being considered. "Ozzfest ain't going anywhere," she says. "We do try and shake things up and experiment. We're not the old donkey that plods on doing the same sh*t."
Read the full article at Billboard.com.
The single-day Ozzfest 2008 destination event is fast approaching. The festival will be held this Saturday, August 9 in Dallas, Texas. The set times have been released and are as follows (listed mostly in reverse order):
Metallica 9:45 - 11:15 pm
Ozzy Osbourne 8:00 - 9:15 pm
Serj Tankian 6:45 - 7:45 pm
HellYeah/Dime tribute 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Johnathan Davis 4:25 - 5:15 pm
Cavalera Conspiracy 3:35 - 4:15 pm
Shadows Fall 2:50 - 3:25 pm
Apocalyptica 2:10 - 2:40 pm
In This Moment 1:30 - 2:00 pm
Sevendust 4:30 - 5:00 pm
Devildriver 3:30 - 4:00 pm
Kingdom of Sorrow 2:30 - 3:00 pm
Soilent Green 1:30 - 2:00 pm
Witchcraft 12:30 - 1:00 pm
Goatwhore 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
The Sword 4:00 - 4:30 pm
Drowning Pool 3:00 - 3:30 pm
Rigor Mortis 2:00 - 2:30 pm
Within Chaos 1:00 - 1:30 pm
The Destro 12:00 - 12:30 pm
1st place battle of bands 11:00 - 11:30 am
2nd place battle of bands 10:30 - 10:40 am
Doors open at 10:00 am.
Blabbermouth.net reports: SCARS ON BROADWAY — the new band led by SYSTEM OF A DOWN guitarist Daron Malakian and drummer John Dolmayan — sold just under 24,000 copies of its self-titled debut album in the United States during its first week of release to debut at position No. 17 on The Billboard 200 chart. This number represents roughly 36 percent of the 66,000 opening tally registered by "Elect the Dead", the debut solo effort from SYSTEM lead singer Serj Tankian, which came out last fall through the Warner Music Group.
SCARS ON BROADWAY will launch its first headlining tour of North America in October. Exact dates and venues have yet to be determined.
Both SCARS ON BROADWAY and SYSTEM lead singer Serj Tankian declined to release their latest projects through Columbia Records, where SYSTEM has been signed since 1998.
Nearly 20,000 hard rock and metal fans braved the heat on Saturday to show their support for the one-off, one-day Monsters of Rock in Calgary, AB. While the line to get into McMahon Stadium stretched over a football field in length as ticket holders went through to the necessary ticket scans and bag checks, Zimmers Hole grabbed the stage by the bull horns and audibly spurred concert goers as they trickled in. Zimmers Hole, fronted by Chris Valagao (who later signed autographs wearing nothing but red body paint and a butt flap), gave a short, but high energy sampling of funny, thrashy goodness. And it was super cool of Ozzy to have a Canadian band kick start the festivities. More...
A new five track EP titled "Lie Lie Live" from Serj Tankian is now available for purchase on Rhapsody. The track listing includes:
1. Lie Lie Lie (Live From MySpace’s The List)
2. The Unthinking Majority (Live From MySpace’s The List)
3. Empty Walls (Victorious Club Mix)
4. Sky Is Over (Fawk Yeah Remix) (EP Version)
5. Empty Walls (Dub Remix)
Former System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian has lined up some more shows in North America this summer in addition to the ones previously announced. You can catch him on the road at the following dates:
Jun. 18 - Moscow, Russia @ Club 81
Jun. 19 - Moscow, Russia @ Club 81
Jul. 25 - Pemberton, Canada @ Pemberton Festival
Jul. 26 - Calgary, Alberta; Monsters of Rock Festival
Aug. 02 - Los Angeles, CA; Wiltern Theater
Aug. 09 - Dallas, TX; Ozzfest
Aug. 13 - Avenches, Switzerland @ Avenches Festival
Aug. 14 - Hasselt, Belgium @ Pukkelpop
Aug. 16 - Budapest, Hungary @ Sziget Festival
Aug. 17 - Hohenfelden, Germany @ Highfield Festival
Aug. 20 - Birmingham, England @ Carling Academy - Birmingham
Aug. 22 - Reading, England @ Reading Festival
Aug. 23 - Leeds, England @ Leeds Festival
Aug. 25 - Hamburg, Germany @ Docks
Aug. 26 - Tilburg, Netherlands @ 013
Aug. 28 - Paris, France @ Rock en Seine
Aug. 29 - Wiesen, Austria @ Two Days a Week Festival
Aug. 30 - Ludinghausen, Germany @ Area 4 Festival
Sep. 01 - Glasgow, Scotland @ ABC
Sep. 02 - Liverpool, England @ Carling Academy - Liverpool
As previously reported, Ozzfest will be a one day even this year, taking place on August 9th in Dallas, Texas. Two more acts have been added to the "Texas Stage", namely The Destro and Within Chaos.
The lineup so far is as follows:
Main Stage: OZZY OSBOURNE, METALLICA, SERJ TANKIAN, HELLYEAH, JONATHAN DAVIS, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, SHADOWS FALL, APOCALYPTICA, IN THIS MOMENT, All-Star Tribute To "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott.
Second Stage: SEVENDUST, DEVILDRIVER, KINGDOM OF SORROW, SOILENT GREEN, WITCHCRAFT, GOATWHORE.
Texas Stage: THE SWORD, DROWNING POOL, RIGOR MORTIS, WITHIN CHAOS, THE DESTRO.
OZZFEST--the original and iconic hard rock festival--returns in 2008 as a one-day stadium spectacular on Saturday, August 9 in Dallas, Texas that teams OZZFEST founder and namesake Ozzy Osbourne (in his only U.S. concert appearance this summer) with Metallica (marking their OZZFEST debut).
Produced by Sharon Osbourne and AEG LIVE, the all-day festival at Pizza Hut Park in hard music-loving Dallas will feature three stages of non-stop talent (with many OZZFEST alumni) and reliably twisted OZZFEST side attractions.
The full main stage lineup will also spotlight performances by Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Hellyeah, Jonathan Davis (Korn), Cavalera Conspiracy, Shadows Fall, Apocalyptica and In This Moment. Also scheduled on the main stage is a special all-star tribute to slain Pantera guitarist ‘Dimebag’ Darrell Abbott. Second stage acts include Sevendust, Devildriver, Kingdom of Sorrow, Soilent Green, Witchcraft and Goatwhore. The Texas (third) stage—“an homage to the “many great metal bands that come from Texas,” says Sharon Osbourne--features The Sword, Drowning Pool and Rigor Mortis.
“Ozzy just finished an 11-month world tour so I think he deserves a summer off,” Sharon says about this year’s one-day OZZFEST. “We’re going to be a stadium destination festival for now--we have gone past doing the sheds every summer. We’ve given everyone else the blueprint and we have to keep evolving OZZFEST. This is just the beginning; AEG Live and I have a lot of new ideas for OZZFEST."
This year’s dynamic line-up encompasses artists who’ve played OZZFEST before in different incarnations such as Serj Tankian (System of a Down); Jonathan Davis (Korn); Hellyeah’s Vinnie Paul (Pantera) and Chad Gray (Mudvayne); Kingdom of Sorrow’s Jamie Jasta (Hatebreed) and Kirk Windstein (Down); and Max Cavalera (Soulfly, Sepultura) of Cavalara Conspiracy. Other OZZFEST graduates include Shadows Fall, Sevendust, Devildriver, Drowning Pool and In This Moment.
“Ozzy has great relationships with all of the bands that have played OZZFEST,” says Sharon. “We’re the only real festival for harder edge bands and these artists have been very loyal to us--there is lots of love on this line-up."
With 3 Inches of Blood just confirmed for Ozzy's Monsters Of Rock concert that is to take place July 26th we will be at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Shadows Fall has now confirmed their participation. The planned lineup currently includes the following bands:
3 Inches of Blood
Dillinger Escape Plan
SYSTEM OF A DOWN singer Serj Tankian has been added to the lineup of this year's Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival, scheduled for April 25-27 at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, California. With SCARS ON BROADWAY, the new band featuring SYSTEM guitarist Daron Malakian and drummer John Dolmayan, previously announced for the festival, it's likely that speculation will start about whether the musicians will get together for a surprise SYSTEM reunion. The band has been on hiatus since the fall of 2006, with Tankian releasing his first solo album, "Elect the Dead", last fall. The SCARS ON BROADWAY debut is due out this summer.
Malakian recently told MTV.com that SYSTEM's hiatus may be permanent, saying, "If anyone's holding their breath for a SYSTEM record, they're going to turn blue and pass out. It's a long ways away, if it ever even happens."
Kerrang.com reports that Ozzfest 2008 is strongly rumored to be coming to the UK with a one-off show at London's 02 Arena on July 19.
OZZY OSBOURNE, who begins a series a South American tour on March 30 with KORN and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, looks set to headline the one-day extravaganza.
Although promoters and agents involved with the show are remaining tight-lipped, Kerrang.com believes that other bands in the running are KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, ALICE IN CHAINS, SERJ TANKIAN, DIMMU BORGIR and LACUNA COIL.
As previously reported, the U.S. version of Ozzfest is rumored to be morphing into a two-day "destination festival" in Dallas. There has been no official word yet on what format Ozzfest will take or who will be on the bill.
The rumors come in the wake of this year's arrival of the metal-oriented Rockstar Energy Mayhem Tour, which will play 30 North American amphitheaters during July and August, the time when Ozzfest is traditionally making its rounds.
Last year's Ozzfest offered free admission, with fans acquiring tickets mostly through sponsoring web sites. But the acts were not paid either, which resulted in a decidedly less than impressive main stage lineup. The Mayhem trek has already robbed Ozzfest of two potential main-stage heavyweights in DISTURBED and SLIPKNOT, with fan favorites DRAGONFORCE and MASTODON also taking part in the Mayhem tour.
OZZY OSBOURNE is likely to headline the U.S. Ozzfest as a solo act again, since his BLACK SABBATH bandmates are busy with their HEAVEN AND HELL offshoot.
The Mayhem tour is being co-produced by Kevin Lyman, who has the successful Warped and Taste of Chaos packages on his resume.
Chicago's YAKUZA has confirmed more dates on the band’s upcoming tour down to South By Southwest, featuring a showcase alongside Serj Tankian, and up the West Coast into Canada, culminating in a hometown show in April supporting Disfear. Additionally, the band has posted the track “Congestive Art Failure,” which joins the previously posted new tracks “Egocide” and Praying For Asteroids” on the band’s MySpace page.
YAKUZA continues to support the critically-acclaimed "Transmutations," which saw a summer 2007 release through Prosthetic Records. The follow-up to "Samsara," "Transmutations" was recorded with producer and multi-instrumentalist Sanford Parker (Rwake, Pelican, Minsk) in Chicago and has spawned a video for the track “Black Market Liver” which was directed by Sara Jean and is available online on YouTube.
Here are the latest YAKUZA tour dates: More...