BY MAURICE NUNEZ | Go Venue Magazine
Tonight would be a night to remember in Los Angeles. Local radio stations had warned listeners early that downtown LA would be a madhouse due to several events taking place that weekend. They made sure there was an alert letting everyone know to make plans early as there were a couple of events including NASCAR’s Busch Light Clash which kicked off inside the LA Coliseum. That would be near the venue we’d be going to this evening to cover System Of A Down and Korn! We headed to the venue by 3:30pm and made it just in time before the massive traffic hit downtown Los Angeles. Tonight, the Banc of California Stadium would be the location for this historic event. Not to mention that Korn’s new album, Requiem, also debuted this same day. Go Venue was there for the first of two SOLD OUT shows this weekend.
At around 9:00pm, Korn took the stage and the place went wild. Jonathan Davis and crew took charge and got things started with “Here to Stay.” From there they went right into “Falling Away From Me” and a new song titled “Start The Healing.” Their new album Requiem debuted today (February 4th) so this was a perfect way to introduce the new material to the LA fans. They went on to play other fan favorites like “Clown,” “Shoots and Ladders,” “Got The Life,” and “Freak On A Leash.” They took it back to the very beginning for their last song and to what started it all, “Blind.” Such an intense way to end their set. Always a pleasure to see these guys!
Next up were the hometown heroes, System Of A Down. They have such a devoted following of fans, especially here in Los Angeles, where not only is there a huge music community, but there is also a large Armenian community. SOAD members are from Armenian heritage, and have strongly advocated for the United States government to officially recognize the Armenian Genocide. Tonight, many of their fans brought and waived Armenian flags as tribute to the band and their heritage.
It was finally time for System Of A Down to take the stage in front of the “Sold Out” 20,000+ crowd here at the Banc of California Stadium. They got their set started with “X” then went right into “Prison Song.” The fans cheered and roared with excitement as they seemed to know all the lyrics as they sang along with singer Serj Tankian. The band consists of singer Serj Tankian, guitarist Daron Malakian, bassist Shavo Odadjian, and drummer John Dolmayan. Their set included over 20+ songs that span their full career with songs like “Suite-Pee,” “B.Y.O.B,” “Genocidal Humanoidz,” “Chop Suey!,” “Hypnotize,” amongst others. The fans couldn’t get enough as they kept wanting more and more. Good thing for the fans that their set was a long one. The night came to an end with the last song, “Sugar.” It was one final time for everyone, including the band, to get their rocks off. They had the entire stadium singing along to this one. The entire night was a festive, metal banging experience for all!
We want to thank both System Of A Down and Korn for such a memorable evening. We hope to see them back again in the future!
See full set list below…
Here to Stay | Falling Away From Me | Start the Healing | Clown | Rotting in Vain | Shoots and Ladders (With snippet of Metallica’s “One”) | Got the Life | Coming Undone (With snippet of Queen’s “We Will Rock You”) | Y’All Want a Single | Freak on a Leash | It’s On! / Trash / Did My Time | Twist | A.D.I.D.A.S. (Partial; Started in bridge) | Blind
System Of A Down Setlist:
X | Prison Song | Holy Mountains | Mind (Intro only) | Cigaro | Suite-Pee | Needles | Deer Dance | Soldier Side – Intro | Soldier Side | B.Y.O.B. | Genocidal Humanoidz | Suggestions | Psycho | Chop Suey! | Lonely Day | Lost in Hollywood | Radio/Video | Dreaming (Middle breakdown only) | Hypnotize | ATWA | Bounce | Chic ‘N’ Stu | Protect the Land | Aerials | Toxicity | Sugar
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