PICS: System of a Down at Valley View Casino Center

As part of a rare, select-five-city tour, hard-rock gods System of a Down reigned supreme over a packed Valley View Casino Center.

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The San Diego Oct. 17 date was part of the band's first U.S. shows since 2015. The brief tour kicked off in San Bernardino and also included stops in Phoenix, Las Vegas, and a headlining slot at the Aftershock Festival in Sacramento.
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System of a Down was formed in the mid-'90s by vocalist Serj Tankian, guitarist Daron Malakian (pictured), bassist Shavo Odadjian, and drummer John Dolmayan. Through strong word-of-mouth, the group quickly found themselves with a huge fanbase in Los Angeles.
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The group play a unique style of hard rock that combines elements of '80s underground trash, progressive-gothic rock and avant-garde metal with Tankian's often oblique lyrics dealing with political, global and social issues. (Bassist Odadjian pictured, foreground)
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To date, System of a Down has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide, had two No. 1 hits on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart, and been nominated for four Grammy Awards (they won Best Hard Rock Performance in 2006). (Drummer Dolmayan pictured)
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The band released their eponymous debut album in the summer of 1998, and landed opening spots on Slayer and Ozzfest tours. The album eventually went gold, and was followed by the September 2001 release of the even more ambitious album "Toxicity."
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Their sophomore record was released one week before the events of 9/11, and due to the political nature of some of Tankian's lyrics, their lead single "Chop Suey!" was taken off the radio by Clear Channel. (Tankian pictured)
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However, the radio giant couldn't hold the band back: "Toxicity" was a massive success, earning the band multi-platinum honors, as well as a Grammy Award nomination for Best Metal Performance (for "Chop Suey!"). (Malakian pictured)
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The band followed "Toxicity" with the 2002 album titled "Steal This Album!" It was actually made up of unreleased, unfinished tracks from the "Toxicity" sessions that had made their way onto the internet. The band decided to finish and release them officially so fans would have proper versions.
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By 2004, the group was back in the studio with famed producer Rick Rubin. The result? An epic, double album released in two parts in 2005 titled "Mesmerize" and "Hypnotize." (Odadjian pictured)
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The following year saw the group go on hiatus, with Malakian forming Scars on Broadway; Dolmayan opening an online comic book store and forming the group Indicator (he also briefly played with Scars on Broadway); Odadjian working with RZA, AcHoZeN, and George Clinton; and Tankian (pictured) embarking on a solo career.
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In 2010, band members announced that they would be reuniting for a series of European festival dates in 2011. They continued to tour internationally through 2015, and have hinted at the possibility of releasing a new album in the future. Recently though, band members have said they're uncertain if another S.O.A.D. album will ever surface. (Malakian pictured)
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Their Oct. 17 show featured a massive 29-song set including: "Innervision," "Prison Song," "I-E-A-I-A-I-O," "Soldier Side - Intro," "B.Y.O.B.," "U-Fig," "Violent Pornography," "Aerials," "Mr. Jack," "Deer Dance," "Dreaming"...
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Followed by "Needles," "Radio/Video," "Hypnotize," "ATWA," "Bounce," "Suggestions," "P.L.U.C.K.," "Pyscho," "Chop Suey!," "Lost in Hollywood," "Question!," "Lonely Day," "Know," "A.D.D.," "Spiders," "Cigaro," "Toxicity" and "Sugar." Come back soon, guys!
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