System of a Down 5/21/11

System of a Down 11

After a very non-traditional route I finally graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree from San Diego State University. Once the guys in System of a Down caught wind of this they decided to play San Diego on the same day the graduation ceremony took place. All right so maybe that’s not exactly how it went down but nonetheless I could not think of a better way to celebrate than to go see one of my favorite bands play a show. And play they did! This is one of the bands that have the ability to sound even better live than on the recorded albums. Ingrid, Larry and Christina accompanied me to the cookie cutter amphitheater out in the middle of nowhere to witness a very charged performance. Did they really play 30 songs? The newest album was still 2005’s Hypnotize and I had not seen them for almost 5 years. Daron Malakian could not stop moving throughout the entire concert. He kept dancing and spinning around which enhanced the overall vibe. They went deep into the catalog as I cannot recall seeing “Suggestions” or “P.L.U.C.K.” played live before or at least not very often. “Holy Mountains” was holy fucking intense.

SETLIST: “Prison Song,” “B.Y.O.B.,” “Know,” “Needles,” “Deer Dance,” “Attack,” “Radio/Video,” “Hypnotize,” “Question!,” “Suggestions,” “Psycho,” “Chop Suey!,” “Lonely Day,” “Soldier Side – Intro,” “Soldier Side,” “Bounce,” “Kill Rock ‘N Roll,” “Lost in Hollywood,” “Forest,” “Science,” “Holy Mountains,” “Aerials,” “Tentative,” “Cigaro,” “Suite-Pee,” “War?,” “Toxicity,” “P.L.U.C.K.,” “Sartarabad,” “Sugar”

Big shout out to YouTube user “DoubleAdaFool” for catching nearly the entire concert on high quality video for me to relive or for you to pretend like you were there.

 

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