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Serj Tankian

Formed: 2007
From: United States
Last Known Status: Active

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Serj Tankian Speaks On The Body Of War Soundtrack

The Pulse of Radio reports: SYSTEM OF A DOWN vocalist Serj Tankian and PEARL JAM frontman Eddie Vedder have both contributed songs to the soundtrack of "Body of War", a new documentary about a soldier named Tomas Young who was shot and paralyzed from the waist down during his first week of duty in Iraq.

Tankian, who contributed both his own solo song "Empty Walls" and SYSTEM's "B.Y.O.B.", told Spinner.com that he was moved to participate by a letter from Young himself. He explained, "He told his story very simply, yet very powerfully, and I was extremely moved reading his letter. I was also inspired by his courage in taking a stand and speaking out. I knew right away that I wanted to get involved and help get out his message in any way I could, and what better way than through music?"

Vedder's song, "No More", was written exclusively for the film and recorded last year at the Lollapalooza festival. He told The Pulse of Radio that PEARL JAM has heard from numbers of Iraq veterans and/or their families. "We've gotten letters, I've talked to different people that have lost kids to this war," he said. "A lot of them are between the ages of 19 and 24. I'd said the majority are 19 and 25, or 26, 27. What were the reasons we went, how do we get out, when do we get out, who's profiting from this, and will we let this happen again...those are the questions that it raises for us."

The "Body of War" soundtrack also features contributions from RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello, Neil Young and others. The two-CD set arrives on March 18, but can be pre-ordered at bodyofwarmusic.com. The movie will also premiere sometime next month.

Serj Tankian is currently opening for FOO FIGHTERS as he tours in support of his first solo album, "Elect The Dead". Eddie Vedder will embark on his first-ever solo tour in April, in support of the soundtrack CD for the film "Into the Wild", for which Vedder wrote and recorded nine new songs. He'll begin the trek on April 2 in Vancouver.

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Ozzfest 2008 Rumours Begin To Surface

Bands for the limited run dates which will make up OZZFEST 2008 have started to surface. Like 2007, a shortened tour is expected, with rumored artists for this year’s lineup possibly featuring the likes of:

OZZY OSBOURNE
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS
SERJ TANKIAN
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
CAVALERA CONSPIRACY
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
FILTER
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN
BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME
TESTAMENT
FAIR TO MIDLAND

…more rumors TBA

It’s presently unclear whether the ‘freefest’ model will be adopted for this year or whether or not Ozzy will ship out by his lonesome or be joined by his fellow Birmingham compatriots for another BLACK SABBATH run.

Press from October of last year points to the likelihood of the former, rather than another reunion. The aging rocker was quoted as saying, “as far as I know” when quizzed over his headlining the summer roadshow. Regarding Sabbath he simply stated, “I’m the last person to be told anything. I’d love to do another [Black] Sabbath album. There are a bunch of things written. But the problem I’m having is it’s got to be at least on the same level as when we departed. If it’s not, then what’s the point in doing it?”

OZZFEST 2007 featured the following criterion:

1. Tickets/Entrance was free
2. Ozzy Osbourne headlined (…and debuted new music from Black Rain)
3. It was a 25-date haul that kicked off in LA on July 7

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Serj Tankian Announces More Tour Dates

SYSTEM OF A DOWN vocalist Serj Tankian has scheduled the following tour dates:

Mar. 08 - San Francisco, CA -Warfield Theatre
Mar. 10 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre
Mar. 11 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo
Mar. 15 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall
Mar. 16 - Edmonton, AB - Edmonton Event Center
Mar. 19 - Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue
Mar. 21 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
Apr. 01 - Glasgow, UK - ABC
Apr. 02 - Liverpool, UK - Carling Academy
Apr. 03 - London, UK - Forum
Apr. 06 - Birmingham, UK - Carling Academy
Apr. 08 - Hamburg, GER - Docks
Apr. 09 - Copenhagen, DEN - Amager Bio
Apr. 10 - Berlin, GER - Columbiahalle
Apr. 13 - Vienna, AUT - Gasometer
Apr. 14 - Filderstadt, GER - Filharmonie
Apr. 15 - Zurich, GER - Volkshaus
Apr. 18 - Strasbourg, FRA - Artefacts
Apr. 19 - Bourges, FRA - Palais d'Oron
Apr. 20 - Lille, FRA - Artificiels
Apr. 22 - Milano, ITA - Alcatraz

Serj Tankian has issued "Sky is Over" as the second single from his debut solo album, "Elect the Dead". Although Tankian doesn't say straight out what the song is about, he did tell The Pulse of Radio that it comes from both his childhood memories and his concerns about the planet. "I've always thought of the sky as, like, an open canvas," he said. "When I was a kid and I looked at the sky, I always remember being able to daydream, just looking at the sky, being creative, being able to design things. What would happen if we had no sky? Where would we be? Well, obviously, scientifically, without an atmosphere, we'd all be dead."

Tankian recently shot and premiered a video for "Sky is Over".

"Elect the Dead" made the "long list" of finalists for this year's Shortlist Prize, which is awarded to an album that has sold less than 500,000 copies. The winner will be announced in the spring.

"Elect the Dead" came out in late October and landed at Number Four on the Billboard album chart.

Tankian will join FOO FIGHTERS on a portion of their upcoming North American tour, beginning on February 18 in Worcester, Massachusetts and ending on March 6 in Los Angeles.

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Serj Tankian Reveals New Single

The Pulse of Radio reports: SYSTEM OF A DOWN vocalist Serj Tankian has issued "Sky is Over" as the second single from his debut solo album, "Elect the Dead". Although Tankian doesn't say straight out what the song is about, he did tell The Pulse of Radio that it comes from both his childhood memories and his concerns about the planet. "I've always thought of the sky as, like, an open canvas," he said. "When I was a kid and I looked at the sky, I always remember being able to daydream, just looking at the sky, being creative, being able to design things. What would happen if we had no sky? Where would we be? Well, obviously, scientifically, without an atmosphere, we'd all be dead."

Tankian recently shot and premiered a video for "Sky is Over".

"Elect the Dead" made the "long list" of finalists for this year's Shortlist Prize, which is awarded to an album that has sold less than 500,000 copies. The winner will be announced in the spring.

"Elect the Dead" came out in late October and landed at Number Four on the Billboard album chart.

Tankian will join FOO FIGHTERS on a portion of their upcoming North American tour, beginning on February 18 in Worcester, Massachusetts and ending on March 6 in Los Angeles.

The singer will also perform several headlining dates before joining up with the FOO FIGHTERS tour. Newly confirmed shows are:

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Serj Tankian Announces 2008 Tour Dates

The following message has been posted by Serj Tankian's official Myspace:

"Hey Everyone,

"I just wanted to share some great news with you for 2008.

"Beginning on Feb. 11, we will be touring North America with the Foo Fighters, as well as doing some headlining dates. We will announce our headlining shows in the coming weeks, but below are the dates with the Foo Fighters.

"The F.C.C. and I had a blast touring with the Foo's in the UK, and can'twait to bring the show back to North America.

"As always, thanks for all of your support and can't wait to see all of you next year.

"Happy Holidays and try not to drown in Egg Nog,

"Peace, Serj"

The tour dates are as follows:

Mon-Feb-18 Worcester The Centrum
Tue-Feb-19 New York MSG
Thu-Feb-21 Philadelphia Wachovia Center
Fri-Feb-22 Binghampton SUNY Gym
Sun-Feb-24 Detroit Joe Louis Arena
Mon-Feb-25 Chicago Allstate Arena
Wed-Feb-27 Minneapolis Target Center
Thu-Feb-28 Council Bluffs Alltel Arena
Sun-Mar-02 Phoenix Jobing.com Arena
Mon-Mar-03 San Diego Cox Arena
Wed-Mar-05 Los Angeles The Forum

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System Of A Down Frontman Posts Solo Shows Online

Professionally filmed video footage of SYSTEM OF A DOWN frontman Serj Tankian performing at the House of Blues in Las Vegas on October 25, 2005 can be viewed below:

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Serj Tankian Answers Fans Questions

SYSTEM OF A DOWN frontman and solo artist Serj Tankian recently answered several "frequently asked questions", posting the answers on his MySpace page:

Q: "Elect The Dead" [is] your first album released since SYSTEM OF A DOWN went on a hiatus in 2006. What was it like to make an album on your own?

Tankian: I've wanted to make a solo album for quite some time. When I was in the thick of it, I felt possessed. It was like swimming in the depths in that ocean of creativity. My mind was always tuned into the project, even during sleep. It's a nice form of exorcism, getting all of that stuff out emotionally and also channeling sounds from the universe. With making this album on my own versus with a full band, there are certain vulnerabilities and intimacies you can only express by yourself, when you're representing only yourself. And lyrically I consider this record a lot more vulnerable and intimate than anything I've done with SYSTEM. There are love songs, pain songs…very personal songs. And of course there are political songs.

Q: How would you describe "Elect the Dead" to someone who is not familiar with the album yet?

Tankian: "Elect the Dead" is a rock record that takes you on a journey with different types of genres integrated, different lyrical themes digested, and many fun and colorful moments to enjoy. It's more intimate, orchestral, and exploratory all at the same time, yet a very quality album. In fact, it's the best work I've ever done in my life to date.

Q: What is the status and future of SYSTEM OF A DOWN? Do you have plans to record another album with SOAD in the future?

Tankian: SOAD is currently on an indefinite hiatus after 10+ years of being a touring and recording band. SOAD is not a corporation that needs to put out a product every year to sustain. We're a group of artists and we create music together when we want to. We are enjoying prioritizing other artistic and personal efforts. We're all friends and supportive of each others' art. If and when we need to speak as one to the world, the world will be aware.

Q: Do you write and record other genres of music?

Tankian: I've had my own studio and have been writing music for many years. I have over 400 or 500 pieces total of all sorts of musical genres. Some are used for films, video games, collaborations, remixes, SYSTEM, and some for my solo stuff. Some of these songs I've had for a number of years in demo form, others were written last year.

Q: The end of civilization is a theme that seems to run through most of the album. Can you talk a bit about what that means to you?

Tankian: We're addicted to this concept of civilization- we can't imagine living outside of it because we've had it for 10,000 years, all of what we call history. But according to archaeologists, humanity has been on this planet for millions of years in indigenous form. Based on the current progression of overpopulation coupled with the accelerated rate of destruction of national resources, civilization is scientifically unsustainable. We know this thing is ending, and what are we doing about it? We're just making plans to slow down its death.

Q: How did the material on "Elect The Dead" come together? Did you play all of the instruments in addition to producing the record?

Tankian: Much of it is culled from recordings I've amassed over a long period of time, up through this past year. I have such a backlog of material and when I was going through everything, the songs on the album are the ones that stood out. When I wrote everything, I wrote it on piano and acoustic guitar, and I didn't know I was going to arrange it as a rock record. Producing this was something — in the beginning when I first started, I was a little skeptical about it, because what if I succeeded as an artist and not as a producer? So I had that in the back of mind, but I really knew what kinds of sound I wanted from the tones, what kind of guitars I wanted to use, how I wanted my pianos, strings and vocals to sound. I was very involved, and knew what I was going for, so as I went along, layer by layer developing the songs, it was getting there, so I didn't want to bring someone else in and change things at that point. But I had to do that, to step out into the control room, take my artist/songwriter hat off, put on the producer's hat and say "How could this be better, is this the best it could be" at every point in the game. I did have the help of some close friends/artists to collaborate with. Dan Monti, my engineer and guitarist played on the record, as did my friend and opera singer Ani Maldjian. John Dolmayan (SOAD's drummer) and Brian "Brain" Mantia (PRIMUS, GUNS N' ROSES) helped by playing drums.

Q: What is the concept behind creating a video for each track on the album?

Tankian: There's a two-fold idea behind it. One is to multiply the artistic factor of the record, and the second reason is in today's music industry, with file sharing and downloading we have to offer something a lot more than just 12 songs on a record. We need to offer multiple ways of connecting with our fans, with the people that listen to our music. I always like involving really artsy friends, whether we're going to do artwork for the record, website stuff or videos. So I gave 12 different video director friends songs, one for each, and a small budget, and said "He, go crazy. Do whatever art idea you've wanted to experiment with in the past. I don't want a treatment, I don't want to see it until it's done." It turned out to be some of the more amazing videos I've ever seen coupled with music.

Q: What does the album title mean?

Tankian: I am more interested in how people interpret the phrase "Elect The Dead" than what I may or may not have intended. I named the album after the track, which is a spiritual song about love, life and death and is the heaviest song on the album without having any heavy instruments.

I have gotten some great responses from friends/colleagues as to what the meaning could be.

1) The current leaders are not qualified enough to lead us through these trying times, so we need to look for guidance from past leaders (Martin Luther King, Jr., Gandhi, JFK, etc). The living ideas of the dead are more powerful and effective than the dead ideas of the living.

2) The victims of the epitome of civilization should elect our next leaders so we can live in a more just society.

3) We need to gain the wisdom from beyond history, from beyond the material and physical worlds, to be able to deal with not just electing our political leaders today, but learning how to elect ourselves as leaders.

Q: What is the Axis Of Justice organization that you co-founded about?

Tankian: Axis Of Justice is a non-profit organization started by Tom Morello (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE) and myself in 2001. You can download or copy our mission off of the website (www.axisofjustice.org). It's both a fund to donate to other just causes and a political platform for things that we decide to intervene in. We have taken up diverse causes such as labor issues, co-op farming, feeding the homeless, recognition of the Armenian genocide, Article 301 in Turkey (freedom of speech) with Amnesty International, the war, etc. Any fight for justice is worth it.

Q: The Armenian Genocide issue is on the news these days. Do you feel pleased with the (still unofficial) recognition of the genocide from the American side? And how do you feel now that this issue is directly linked with the prospect of a Turkish invasion of North Iraq?

Tankian: I think that both parties in Congress have ultimately been made tools of U.S. strategic interests (some people call it Empire) whether willfully or against their will. The administration, the defense industry, the oil industry, and K Street Lobbying firms hired by Turkey at a rate of $300,000 per month have all lobbied congressman effectively for the removal of the Genocide Bill from the house for this year. Nancy Pelosi (Speaker of the House) has been very supportive but "National Security" is the ugly trump card used by all to remove inconvenient truths that are essential for us looking into the mirror as a democracy. I am still hopeful that the truth will prevail no matter how much the U.S. feels dependent on Turkey. The truth is the other way around, but of course what does truth have to do with politics?

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Serj Tankian To Guest On Bruce Dickinson's Show

SYSTEM OF A DOWN frontman Serj Tankian will be IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson's guests on Friday, December 7 during Bruce's weekly BBC 6 Music radio show, aptly named "The Bruce Dickinson Friday Rock Show". Listen to the program live via the Internet between 10:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. U.K. time at BBC.co.uk.

Serj Tankian's solo debut, "Elect the Dead", sold 66,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 4 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD is the first new release from a member of SYSTEM OF A DOWN since the band went on hiatus in the fall of 2006.

Although Tankian played most of the instruments on the record himself, SYSTEM OF A DOWN drummer John Dolmayan contributed to a few songs.

Dolmayan is also in a new band called SCARS ON BROADWAY with SYSTEM guitarist Daron Malakian.

Tankian and his backing band, the FCC, are currently touring the UK as the support act for FOO FIGHTERS.

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Watch Serj Tankian Cover The Beatles' 'Girl'

Fan-filmed video footage of SYSTEM OF A DOWN frontman Serj Tankian performing a cover of THE BEATLES' "Girl" on October 22, 2007 at The Granada Theater in Dallas, Texas can be viewed here.

In a recently interview with Live Daily, Serj was asked which covers was going to be performing on his current tour. "One of the covers I'm doing is [the DEAD KENNEDYS'] 'Holiday in Cambodia', which I did with the FOO FIGHTERS at the VMAs," he said. "I figured, 'Hey, if I'm going to get that down and learn it, I might as well have the band learn it as well.' For the other one, I asked the band, 'Do you guys know any songs? Any cool covers we could play?' The pianist was like, 'I could do 'Girl' by THE BEATLES.' I'm like, 'All right, let's try it.' We kind of tweaked it our own way and it came out kind of funny." More...

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Serj Tankian's Home Has Close Brush With Fires

The Pulse of Radio reports: Serj Tankian is one of many artists and celebrities who has a home in the Southern California area that is currently endangered by massive fires, and told a Seattle radio station on Tuesday (October 23) that his area was under orders to evacuate. But Tankian arrived in California on Wednesday (October 2h) and told The Pulse of Radio that his house was now out of danger. "Thankfully, we got news that they lifted the evacuation and they were able to control the fire," he said. "But that was really, really scary, and I'm praying that it all dissipates and gets done pretty fast. There's people that are losing their homes. I can't imagine, you know, I've been thinking about that for the last 48 hours of, you know, what it would be to lose my home and it's a tough thing. It makes you realize how many little things are irreplaceable in your life."

Tankian has been on the road for the last two weeks on his first-ever solo tour, in support of his just released solo debut, "Elect the Dead".

"Elect the Dead" is the first new release from a member of SYSTEM OF A DOWN since the band went on hiatus in the fall of 2006.

Tankian plays on Thursday night (October 25) in Las Vegas. He and his backing band, the FCC, will head to the U.K. early next month to open for FOO FIGHTERS.

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Serj Tankian To Appear On Rockline

Serj Tankian will be the featured guest on the nationally syndicated radio show ROCKLINE on Monday night October 29 at 8:30pm PT / 11:30pm ET. Fans are encouraged to call to speak with Serj at 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For a station near you and for information regarding how to log onto the Internet for the broadcast go to www.RocklineRadio.com

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Deluxe Version Of Serj Tankian Album Planned

The Pulse of Radio reports: SYSTEM OF A DOWN vocalist Serj Tankian will release a deluxe edition of his upcoming debut solo album, "Elect the Dead", according to FMQB.com. The expanded package will come with four bonus tracks, a 48-page booklet and a code that accesses a site featuring exclusive content. The deluxe version of the disc will be available on October 23, the same date as the standard CD.

Tankian said that he has written hundreds of songs over the years from which he selected the tunes for "Elect the Dead". The singer told The Pulse of Radio that even while making SYSTEM albums he'd mostly work alone. "Even with SYSTEM, I always wrote the songs by myself in my own studio," he said. "I would write the songs, and have the vocals, have the whole arrangement done, then I'd take it to the band. But I'd still work the song from its inception to full form by myself. This is something I'd been doing for a very long time and that experience really, really lent itself to making 'Elect the Dead'."

Tankian has posted a video online for the song "Saving Us" (directed by acclaimed rock photographer Kevin Estrada), which appears on "Elect the Dead". This follows clips for "The Unthinking Majority" and the album's first single, "Empty Walls".

The singer will hold a series of "theatre listening parties" around the country on October 22 where all 12 videos from "Elect the Dead" will be screened. Tankian enlisted video and film directors, painters and digital artists to each create a different short film for the dozen tracks on the record.

Tankian will begin his first-ever solo tour on Friday (October 12) in Chicago.

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New Serj Tankian Video Posted Online

The third video has been released from Serj Tankian's upcoming solo album, "Elect the Dead". The "Saving Us" clip — which was directed by acclaimed rock photographer Kevin Estrada — can be viewed below.

The SYSTEM OF A DOWN vocalist will hold a series of "theatre listening parties" around the country on October 22 where all 12 videos from "Elect the Dead" will be screened. Tankian enlisted video and film directors, painters and digital artists to each create a different short film for the dozen tracks on the record.

Tankian, who financed the clips himself, told The Pulse of Radio it's much simpler these days to make creative, low-budget videos on your own. "I mean, the technology's out there and the artists are out there, and there's a lot of creative people and it's not just about using typical MTV directors or well-known people because they've done it before," he said. "It's about using people with a passion, and that passion is really coming through and I've seen some of the best MTV-style videos I've ever seen in my life through some of these friends of ours that have done these videos. It's amazing."

The directors involved in the project include a prestigious array of artists whom Tankian has befriended over the last decade. They include music video director Tony Petrossian (TAKING BACK SUNDAY, SLIPKNOT, AVENGED SEVENFOLD), who shot the video for "Empty Walls", the first single from "Elect The Dead", photographer/video director Greg Watermann (MUDVAYNE, LAMB OF GOD, HOWIE DAY), Oscar-nominated Puerto Rican playwright and screenwriter Jose Rivera ("The Motorcycle Diaries"), French film director Diran Noubar ("Armenia: A Country Under Blockade"), digital artist Roger Kupelian ("The Lord of the Rings"; "Flags of Our Fathers"), documentary director Sevag Vrej (SYSTEM OF A DOWN, FAIR TO MIDLAND), and Beirut-born filmmaker Gariné Torossian (SPARKLEHORSE), among others.

"Elect the Dead" arrives on October 23.

The list of theatre locations is:

New Hyde Park, NY - Herricks Cinema
Parsippany, NJ - Parsippany Cinema
San Francisco, CA - Embarcadero Center Cinema
San Diego, CA - Ultrastar Theatres Mission Valley
Cambridge, MA - Kendall Square Cinema
Chicago, IL - Century Centre Cinema
Novi, MI - Emagine Novi
Wayne, PA - Clearviews Anthony Wayne Cinema
Seattle, WA - Metro Cinemas
Houston, TX - The River Oaks
Minneapolis, MN - Lagoon Cinema
Tempe, AZ - Harkins Tempe Marketplace

A complete list of videos and directors is below:

01. "Empty Walls" - Director: Tony Petrossian
02. "The Unthinking Majority" - Director: Tawd Dorrnfeld
03. "Money" - Director: Ara Soudjian
04. "Feed Us" - Director: Sevag Verj
05. "Saving Us" - Director: Kevin Estrada
06. "Sky is Over" - Director: José Rivera
07. "Baby" - Director: Diran Noubar
08. "Honking Antelope" - Director: Roger Kupelian
09. "Lie, Lie, Lie" - Director: Martha Colburn
10. "Praise The Lord and Pass The Ammo" - Director: Greg Watermann
11. "Beethoven's C***" - Director: Adam Egypt Mortimer
12. "Elect The Dead" - Director: Gariné Torossian More...

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Fair To Midland Announces Dates w/ Serj Tankian

Fair to Midland is currently touring the US with Chevelle, and has also announced a bunch of dates with Serj Tankian: Oct 28 in San Francisco (where FTM just opened for the Smashing Pumpkins in July) and the UK and Europe in November.

Fair to Midland are also currently being featured in October’s issue of Alternative Press and their second single “Tall Tales Taste Like Sour Grapes” off their album Fables From a Mayfly debuted at #3 this week on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart.

You can check out some live footage from a recent show in Flint, MI where singer Darroh Suddereth literally hanging from the rafters...without missing a note.

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RATM Guitarist Tom Morello To Support Serj Tankian

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello's alter ego THE NIGHTWATCHMAN will support SYSTEM OF A DOWN singer Serj Tankian on several dates in October. THE NIGHTWATCHMAN's schedule is shaping up as follows:

Oct. 11 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In

With Serj Tankian:

Oct. 12 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theater
Oct. 14 - Toronto, ONT - Guvernment
Oct. 15 - Boston, MA - Paradise
Oct. 17 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
Oct. 18 - Philadelphia, PA - TLA
Oct. 20 - Atlanta, GA - The Roxy

Tom Morello recently released a video as THE NIGHTWATCHMAN for a song called "Alone Without You", according to a press release. Morello composed the tune after seeing an early cut of filmmaker Michael Moore's latest documentary, "Sicko", and let Moore use the song over the film's closing credits. The video debuted at MichaelMoore.com and the tune itself was added as a bonus track to Morello's debut album as THE NIGHTWATCHMAN, "One Man Revolution".

Morello said about the song, "'Alone Without You' is a testament to the struggle and loss faced by millions of Americans who are cast aside by a healthcare system that puts profit before people and families."

Morello and Moore recently interviewed each other as part of MySpace's "Artist On Artist" series.

Moore directed the videos for RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE's "Sleep Now In The Fire" and "Testify", while THE NIGHTWATCHMAN opened for Moore on a 2004 speaking tour.

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Serj Tankian Offers Tour Of Home Studio

RollingStone.com recently got a tour of SYSTEM OF A DOWN frontman Serj Tankian's home studio as he discussed the differences between recording solo and with SYSTEM, the joys of writing whenever the mood struck him and his new LP, "Elect the Dead". Watch the three-minute clip below.

Serj Tankian recently told HardDrive Radio that he has named his new solo touring band the FCC. The letters do not stand for the dreaded Federal Communications Commission, but for something that they'll fine you for if you say it on the air. Tankian told The Pulse of Radio what he and the band came up with. "We just named the band, and I liked the idea of the FCC — you know, the FCC in the U.S. stands for the Federal Communications Commission, which is the governmental body that assigns penalties for cuss words," he said. "And I thought it would be great to make the FCC a cuss word, that way they can penalize themselves. So the FCC is, our interpretation, is the FLYING C***S OF CHAOS."

The lineup of the FCC includes PRIMUS guitarist Larry LaLonde as well as several friends of Tankian's who are unknown to the public but are "amazing musicians," according to the singer.

Contrary to earlier reports, former PRIMUS and GUNS N'ROSES drummer Brian "Brain" Mantia will not be in the touring band, although he did play on Tankian's debut solo album, "Elect the Dead", due out on October 23.

FAIR TO MIDLAND, who are signed to Tankian's Serjical Strike label, will open a few shows on Tankian's first-ever solo tour, which begins on October 12 in Chicago. More...

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Serj Tankian Names Touring Band "The FCC"

The Pulse of Radio (formerly Launch Radio Networks) reports: SYSTEM OF A DOWN frontman Serj Tankian has named his new solo touring band the FCC, according to HardDrive Radio. The letters do not stand for the dreaded Federal Communications Commission, but for something that they'll fine you for if you say it on the air. Tankian told The Pulse of Radio what he and the band came up with. "We just named the band, and I liked the idea of the FCC — you know, the FCC in the U.S. stands for the Federal Communications Commission, which is the governmental body that assigns penalties for cuss words," he said. "And I thought it would be great to make the FCC a cuss word, that way they can penalize themselves. So the FCC is, our interpretation, is the FLYING C***S OF CHAOS."

The lineup of the FCC includes PRIMUS guitarist Larry LaLonde as well as several friends of Tankian's who are unknown to the public but are "amazing musicians," according to the singer.

Contrary to earlier reports, former PRIMUS and GUNS N'ROSES drummer Brian "Brain" Mantia will not be in the touring band, although he did play on Tankian's debut solo album, "Elect the Dead", due out on October 23.

FAIR TO MIDLAND, who are signed to Tankian's Serjical Strike label, will open a few shows on Tankian's first-ever solo tour, which begins on October 12 in Chicago.

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Serj Tankian Talks About Album Process

The Pulse of Radio (formerly Launch Radio Networks) reports: Since he played almost every instrument on his debut solo album by himself, SYSTEM OF A DOWN singer Serj Tankian told The Pulse of Radio that his biggest challenge was making the record, titled "Elect The Dead", sound like there was a band playing on it. "That was the trick really, because usually with bands, you tend to record the drums first and then overlay everything on top of it," he said. "Since I was doing this mostly by myself, I kind of had to go the other route. The arrangement kind of just worked, and when I listened to it at the end I'm like, 'God, it sounds like the drums were there from the beginning. That's neat!'"

"Elect The Dead" arrives on October 23. The first single is "Empty Walls".

Tankian did enlist SYSTEM drummer John Dolmayan and former GUNS N' ROSES and PRIMUS drummer Brian "Brain" Mantia to play on the album. Mantia will also be part of Tankian's touring band.

Tankian begin his first solo tour on October 12 in Chicago, finishing up on October 28 in San Francisco.

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Serj Tankian Will Not Play SOAD Songs On Tour

Serj Tankian has announced that he won't be doing any System Of A Down songs on his upcoming tour, to promote debut solo album 'Elect The Dead'.

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SOAD Frontman Discusses New Album

SYSTEM OF A DOWN frontman Serj Tankian recently spoke to Kerrang! magazine about his forthcoming solo album, "Elect the Dead", due out October 23 via Serjical Strike/Reprise Records.

Serj: "It's definitely a rock record," explained Tankian. "It's a moving album with lots of up's and down, starts and stops and tempo changes. It's depressing but it's uplifting, it's jazzy but it rocks. Making it felt similar to making the first SYSTEM record — I felt the exact same energy, that sense of open experimentation, the idea that 'Wow, I'm actually doing this…' I was living, eating and shitting this music every day. I'd wake up in the morning and the thought of working on a song was so powerful I couldn't focus on anything else."

Kerrang!: What can listeners expect from the album?

Serj: "Well, it doesn't sound like anything I've heard before, even SYSTEM. Maybe there are the odd similarities on the heavier moments, which are inevitable because of my voice, or maybe within the politics of the lyrics of a song such as 'The Unthinking Majority'. But even then, the music is more trippy. I originally wanted to call the album 'The Flying Cunts of Chaos' but strangely everyone discouraged me…"

Kerrang!: Have you always wanted to do a solo record?

Serj: "Yes. But it's funny though because I came to music late, so I never expected to have a career in music. My parents tried to convince to take up an instrument as a kid and my Dad is a beautiful, beautiful singer — my voice is shit compared to his. They bought me a guitar that I never played because I was always more into my studies. Then in college something switched inside of me, I took up the keyboard and I went at it like someone who has never eaten before who has suddenly been presented with unlimited food. I went nuts for music. And now here I am making a solo record…"

Kerrang!: Have you found working alone to be a liberating experience?

Serj: "Absolutely. With SYSTEM you're working towards a common shared goal and you're utilizing four different energies that you wouldn't by yourself. For example, Daron (Malakian, guitarist) would want to bring in his own songs and have a certain amount of control and all of that stuff. So there are always varying opinions, tastes and decision-making capabilities to consider and we have done that with five albums over ten years, but now I'm able to do something that I don't have to compromise on at all. Not that SYSTEM OF A DOWN have ever been a compromising band of course, it's just that there are four opinions to consider, whereas I feel now that the sky is the limit. I feel this album has no barriers between the listener and me. It's more direct."

Kerrang!: Is it also true you have recently legally become a citizen of new zealand?

Serj: "Yes, after recording the album I withdrew and took off there for three months, which I had to do to gain citizenship. I'm such a crazy workaholic that it was hard stepping away from my work in L.A., but it was great because it allowed me to reflect. It made me think 'Wow man, I have this amazing life'. To be able to have made a lot of my dreams come true is amazing and from here on in it's all gravy. I get to do what I want to do my way without compromise or negotiation. It's a greater position of strength than I've ever had and listening to the record now it feels like a fun trip!"

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