If youíre gonna be political, sometime you have to take a stand, and thatís something that System Of A Down are very good at. Next up on their schedule of activism: a benefit show in Los Angeles. The Armenian art-metallers will host and headline the Souls 2004 event on April 24. The show will be a benefit to raise money for the Armenian National Committee of America and other groups that serve to educate about and work against genocide. April 24 is the 89th anniversary of the genocide attempt by the Ottoman Empire against the Armenians in World War I.
In an interview with Billboard.com, System frontman Serj Tankian said, "We want to basically educate people about the denial of the Armenian genocide. One and a half million people were killed, and a government -- Turkey -- continues to deny it.î He continued, ìThere's overwhelming evidence of it, including testimony from my own grandfather. Every Armenian family tree is incomplete because of the genocide. Hitler got the cue from the Turks. They were allies in World War I. Hitler basically said to his advisors, 'Who remembers the Armenians?' If you let something like this occur without full recognition, then it is liable to happen again." The other acts on the show are currently being lined up, so stay tuned for further data updates.