System Of A Down are back; well, kind of. If being “back” means performing on the street with some of the band members, then yes, they are back.
In a recently unearthed video, we see half of System Of A Down jamming with a street band in Mexico. In the clip below, they played Aerials, which got the crowd very fired up. The version of Aerials was pretty stunning and sounded almost identical to how the band have been sounding for over twenty years.
In the video, it seems that it is also John Dolmayan’s birthday as a fan shouted “Happy birthday, John!”
This video should also clear up any rumors that the band was feuding as they are all seen together celebrating John’s birthday.
What sparked any feud rumors was on his social media accounts, John is very politically active like his bandmates, but unlike some of the members of System Of A Down, particularly Tankian, Dolmayan supported Donald Trump’s presidency.
In an October 2020 interview with Forbes, Serj admitted that he found it “frustrating” to see John so publicly supporting Donald Trump.
Serj said: “He’s Armenian. He’s my brother-in-law and my drummer. Is it frustrating being politically opposite to your own drummer and brother-in-law? Fuck yeah,” he said. “Of course it’s frustrating. But that’s having to do with American politics. When it comes to Armenian issues, we’re on the same exact page.”
Four months earlier, Serj reassured fans that, despite their differing beliefs when it comes to Trump, he both loves and respects John “irrespective of our extremely polarized political commentary.
Serj would go on: “Remember irrespective of the stance, only artists that truly care and are impassioned will risk alienating their base for what they consider the truth,” he added. “Our dilemma and possible fallacy is that we have two in one band. Some may consider that a weakness but the artistic, political and social dichotomy if not quadrichotomy has made System of a Down what it is today.”
That same month, John stated about the discussions he has had with the other members of System: “You’d be surprised at how civil our conversations are, especially between me and Serj, who seem to have the most diverging opinions on things.”