System Of A Down, emblematic band from the dusk of this millennia, will land in Colombian territory to give a concert that most of us have been waiting for for ages, this upcoming Saturday, October 3rd, in Bogotá as part of their Wake Up the Souls World Tour. The long awaited concert will take place at the Parque Deportivo 222.
The Armenian-American quartet from California has set a trademark sound right from their beginning back in the late 1990’s where there was a resurgence of heavy and extreme sounds coming from the United States. Formed by Armenian descendants Serj Tankian and Daron Malakian, System Of A Down followed only one way, their way, by mixing different styles that surrounded them during their teenage years such as Dead Kennedys, Frank Zappa, Slayer, Mr Bungle, and Middle Eastern music among others. Perhaps it is this plethora of influences and the sense of not tying themselves to any rule, style or parameter but their own, what have made System Of A Down one of the most remarkable bands from the new millennium. Diversification is something this act has understood right from the start.
After a successful run from 1998 to 2006 where System Of A Down reached mainstream recognition, it was clear that for the band the road to success did not leave enough room to breathe and to assimilate where the road was leading, which lead to the hiatus of the band. But good company is hard to get, and in the music world once you have met those people with whom you are musically compatible it is hard not to get back to them for one more round. System Of A Down got back together in 2010, going on tours around the world to reconnect with themselves and the fans in the process. The touring has gone far and wide, even taking the band to Armenia, the land of their forefathers, in occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Now that same tour is bringing System Of A Down to South America.
For anyone born between 1977 and 1990, System Of A Down is a band that brings memories of different times. Despite their mainstream exposition, the band has also reached trendsetter status due to the diverse musical influences they gathered. Colombian musical fans are not different from other fans in the world, and seeing System Of A Down in their land is an experience not to be missed. That is the reason this upcoming concert represents the chance to fulfill a long awaited dream to sing along and to mosh if the occasion presents itself.
The location cannot be more appropriate for such an event, the Parque Deportivo 222 is an open-air stage where different concerts have taken place, being the most representative the five-year-old Festival Estereo Picnic where bands like Nine Inch Nails have played in front of 4000 people. Located in the suburbs of Bogotá, there is no doubt the concert will go loud and without much trouble.
Concert tickets are divided into two categories: for those that want to be as close as possible you have the VIP ticket that costs 285.000 COP (75 US Dollars); and preferential tickets that cost 145.000 (45 US Dollars). Gates for the concert open at 3:00 p.m. and other acts that are not listed will play around 4:00 in order to warm up all the audience for the main event at 8:00 p.m. Make sure you arrive early to secure a good place to enjoy the concert.