System of a Down: No Fines For F-Bomb...Yet
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Launch Radio Networks reports: SYSTEM OF A DOWN has yet to deal with any repercussions from its "Saturday Night Live" appearance this past weekend (May 7), in which guitarist Daron Malakian got a spontaneous cry of "Fuck yeah!" past NBC-TV censors during the band's performance of its current single, "B.Y.O.B." The use of the F-word in the song's actual lyrics was muted during the broadcast.
SYSTEM OF A DOWN have been fierce supporters of free expression, and Malakian recently told Launch he'd like to see more rock artists take a stronger position on it. "In the Sixties, all these bands had the balls to get up and speak against the government, even though it wouldn't look good in the society, whatever," he said. "They said their mind because they thought it was right. And now you've got all these rock and roll guys, they don't even the balls to even say what they want because they're so afraid of their careers — that's not real rock and roll, man."
There has been no comment from NBC on the "SNL" incident and, so far, no outcry from conservative or religious groups.
"B.Y.O.B." comes off the band's new album, "Mezmerize", which is due out on May 17.
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