SOAD 2nd Leg

(System of a Dwon) With many of the dates on Leg One already sold out, a Top 5 track at radio with "B.Y.O.B.," and a Platinum album for "Mezmerize" under their collective belt, System of a Down announces dates for the second leg of their Summer North American headline tour. In addition, the band confirms a Boston-area date for Leg One to be played at The Centrum in Worcester on August 27.

System of a Down will wrap up Leg One in Toronto on September 1, take a couple of weeks off, then kick off Leg Two headlining the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver on September 17. Leg Two will extend into mid-October (see below for confirmed dates). As with Leg One, System of a Down has invited The Mars Volta to be Special Guest on the second half of the tour; a third band, to be announced, will open the shows.

Tickets for the tour dates will be priced from $32.50 to $45.00, and many of the dates on Leg Two will go on sale this weekend (July 8 and 9). System of a Down's site http://systemofadown.com - will host ticket presales for all of the dates. Log onto the site for the special password and complete details.

The tour is in support of System of a Down's the brand-new album, "Mezmerize" (American Recordings/Columbia Records), which was released May 17 and debuted in the Number One slot on the Billboard/SoundScan charts. "Mezmerize" also experienced worldwide first-week success having soared to the top of album charts in more than a dozen countries worldwide sales for "Mezmerize" in its first week topped 800,000 copies, and is already Platinum. "Mezmerize" is the first disc in a two-disc set, with disc two, "Hypnotize," set for a late fall release. "Mezmerize/Hypnotize" was produced by Rick Rubin and System's main songwriter/guitarist Daron Malakian.

Since its self-titled debut in 1998, System of a Down - Daron Malakian (guitars, vocals), Serj Tankian (vocals), Shavo Odadjian (bass), John Dolmayan (drums) - has sold more than 10-million records world wide, and risen to the level of an arena headliner while maintaining its musical integrity, its core fan base, and its position as one of the most unique bands in rock. With the unexpected commercial radio success of "Chop Suey!," "Toxicity," and the Number One "Aerials," the three Top 10 radio tracks from 2001's multi-platinum album "Toxicity," System blew the definition of mainstream rock wide open. System of a Down's music is impossible to pigeonhole, as it runs the gamut from Metallica to Frank Zappa to Gilbert and Sullivan to Armenian folk tunes. Lyrically, System is highly opinionated about numerous topics including war, religion, politics, Hollywood, love, genocide, drugs, sex, injustice, and just having a good time.

With more dates to be announced on Leg Two, confirmed dates for BOTH LEG ONE AND LEG TWO of System of a Down's headline tour are as follows:
Leg One:
4 -5 - Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA
6 - Sports Arena, San Diego, CA
8 - America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
11 - American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
12 - SBC Arena, San Antonio, TX
13 - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, TX
15 - Civic Center, Pensacola, FL
16 - TD Waterhouse Arena, Orlando, FL
17 - Office Depot Center, Miami, FL
19 - Gwinnett Arena, Atlanta, GA
21 - Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA
22 - Baltimore Arena, Baltimore, MD
23 - Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
26 - Wachovia Spectrum Center, Philadelphia, PA
27 - The Centrum, Worcester, MA
29 - Belle Centre, Montreal, QC
30 - Colisee Pepsi, Quebec City, QC

1 - Air Canada Center, Toronto, ONT

Leg Two:
17 - Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, BC
19 - Pengrowth Arena, Calgary, AB
20 - Rexall Arena, Edmonton, AB
22 - MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB
23 - Xcel Center, Minneapolis, MN
29 - Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI
30 - Allstate Arena, Chicago, IL

2 - Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
5 - Key Arena, Seattle, WA
6 - Rose Garden, Portland, OR

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