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This Is The Setlist From System Of A Down’s First Gigs Of 2019

System Of A Down performed at Sonic Temple Festival and Chicago Open Air this weekend… here’s what they played.

While discussions seemingly still rage on over whether or not we’ll get a new System Of A Down album one day, the band put aside their creative differences to play their first shows of the year this weekend.

The Armenian-American titans performed at Columbus, Ohio’s Sonic Temple Festival and Chicago, Illinois’ Chicago Open Air on May 17 and 18 respectively (their first gigs since October 2018), with frontman Serj Tankian also pulling double duty and joining forces with Tom Morello onstage at Sonic Temple to perform Audioslaves Like A Stone.

Anyway, new music or not, System Of A Down’s setlist on both days was typically brilliant – check it out below (courtesy of

1. Innervision (preceded by I‑E-A-I-A-I‑O tease intro)
2. Prison Song
3. I‑E-A-I-A-I‑O
4. Soldier Side – Intro
5. B.Y.O.B.
6. U‑Fig
7. Violent Pornography
8. Aerials
9. Mr. Jack
10. Deer Dance
11. Dreaming (partial)
12. Needles
13. Radio/Video
14. Hypnotize
15. ATWA
16. Bounce
17. Suggestions
18. Psycho
19. Chop Suey!
20. Lost In Hollywood
21. Question!
22. Lonely Day
23. War? (partial; transitioned into Suite-Pee before bridge)
24. Suite-Pee
25. Cigaro
26. Toxicity
27. Sugar


The latest update on the SOAD album front came from vocalist and guitarist Daron Malakian, who expressed that the band have different ways of wanting to do things” when it comes to making music, and that instead he’s content currently working with his other band, Scars On Broadway.

We all get along as friends in System Of A Down,” Daron says. So as friends, everything is cool and I have no problems with anybody. But then as band members, we tend to have different ways of wanting to do things. And it doesn’t seem like we meet eye to eye as band members. So, I never say never because you never know what happens. But at the same time, I don’t see that happening anytime soon that we’re all going to get together and make a new System Of A Down album.”

Posted on May 20th 2019, 3:42p.m.
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