System of A Down forced to postpone shows; Serj tests positive for Covid-19 - Knotfest

System of A Down forced to postpone shows; Serj tests positive for Covid-19

Posted by Ramon Gonzales in News on October 21, 2021

The shows have now been moved to February 4th and 5th and will include the same supporting line up of Korn, Helmet and Russian Circles.

In yet another reminder of the still looming threat of Covid-19, System of A Down vocalist Serj Tankian has tested positive for the Coronavirus.

The diagnosis has forced System of A Down to postpone their October 22nd and 23rd Banc of California stadium performances. The shows would have punctuated System’s recent succession of dates that began last weekend with the band’s first performance since 2019 at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile arena.

The triumphant return not only saw System’s first show in front of a live audience in more than two years, but also included the live debut of the band’s newest singles, “Genocidal Humanoidz” and “Protect The Land” – highlights of a comprehensive 30-song career-spanning set.

As has been the standard for the current era of live music, the slated shows recently experienced line-up adjustments last month with initial direct support act Faith No More. The band cancelled their remaining live dates in 2021 when frontman Mike Patton cited struggles with mental health – taking personal time, with the full support of his band, to get healthy.

System Of A Down quickly enlisted Korn as the direct support replacement for the highly-anticipated SoCal shows, along with opening artists Helmet and Russian Circles.

Today (October, 21st, 2021), System of A Down took to their social media to confirm that despite stringent safety measures, Serj was in fact, Covid-19 positive and thus, the October 22nd and 23rd shows would now be rescheduled to February 4th and 5th. The shows will include the same line-up and will take place at the same location.

The complete statement from the band can be seen below. All purchased tickets will be honored for the rescheduled shows and refunds will be made available via email to ticket holders should they want it.