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Old 08-13-2005, 12:48 AM
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Dallas, Texas.... What a place to see a concert. LOL... We got to the arena around 3:30 because we had to try and sell our extra ticket. One of my buddies couldn't go because he got in trouble. To come to our unsurprising characteristics... We didn't sell the ticket. Instead, we waited over 2 hours in the hot sun. When we finally got to our seats, they ended up being closer than they appeared so it was close to perfect. A band called "Bad Acid Trip" started the show and I didn't understand a word they sang. It was noise... It wasn't that hard to take a nap because I didn't sleep the night before. LOL... Later along 7:45, Mars Volta took the stage. I have heard one song and I wasn't impressed. I was soon to change my mind about this band because they totally rocked. They played for 50 minutes non-stop... I mean... NONSTOP... The singer is a badass and I loved how he danced around stage the whole time. Not to mention the sax, flute, and other percussion involved. Overall, Mars Volta was totally kickass and I wouldn't mind seeing those guys again. Around 9:15, the real show was about to begin. The lights went out and all we could see is the guitarist through the curtain with the spotlight... He busted out Soldier Side and everyone sang the song.... It was great... Then the curtains dropped and the band went right into BYOB... (The weed was everywhere on top of that!) They continued to play songs such as Revenga, Question!, Sugar, Bounce, Deer Dance, Spiders... ETC.. Pretty much everything off of the first 3 albums. Not to mention, they played a new tune called Kill Rock N' Roll... Pretty good stuff! All in all.... System of a Down was absolutely ace. The show was awesome and the band puts on one hell of a show. Go see them.. It's worth it! I'll post the setlists for the bands here in a bit.

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Old 08-13-2005, 12:52 AM
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System of a Down frenzied and fun at Dallas!
Posted by: ZAk on Friday, August 12, 2005 - 05:23 PM

As much as they say success hasn't affected them, the members of System of a Down have changed.

They can now afford some lovely o*nstage threads. They can get away with being a little lazy at times. And they don't have to fret over broken instruments, such as the bass guitar Shavo Odadjian snapped the headstock off of at the end of the quartet's lively 95-minute performance at American Airlines Center o*n Thursday.

Don't worry: Shavo's got plenty of others, though he kissed the splintered Gibson Explorer goodbye stage left. Then he shrugged and smirked. When your band's 12-week-old album, Mezmerize, has already gone platinum to the delight of fans and critics (including this o*ne) alike, you can deal with a little slack.



What hasn't gone slack is System's live performance, which is as manic and compelling as ever even though it's now slightly tempered by the big time. The boys aren't quite as reckless. The songs don't sound quite as critical (though their lyrical poignancy remains). And the flow is more considered. System talked little and got down to its melodic business, even eschewing an encore.

Part of that is attributable to the tracks o*n Mezmerize, which are sonically cleaner and more digestible than past efforts. Three songs from the new disc started the set; the opening sequence, "Solder Side (Intro)" and "B.Y.O.B." (the latter is the band's current single) failed to work the crowd up to levels seen later in the set.

That's because guitarist Daron Malakian and singer Serj Tankian just stood around in overcoats and played it, projecting little energy from the new album's most energetic tune into the audience. At least goofball bassist Mr. Odadjian shimmied around a bit.

It took four songs for the coated o*nes to shed those skins and start to move around. Mr. Malakian commenced his ballerina-with-a-guitar movements. Mr. Tankian, who's never been especially animated, found his range and began to lean into his role. The mosh pits started forming (despite flimsy warnings against it taped to the arena's west doors) and the crowd started to coagulate.

An hour into the set, the System steamroller was in flatten mode. The boisterous throng of roughly 8,000 frequently outsang the band and were utterly smitten after Mr. Malakian turned some of the hilariously explicit verses of "Cigaro" into a serene acoustic ballad. The electrifying sequence afterward – "This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm o*n This Song," "Bounce" and "Lost in Hollywood" – was easily the evening's high point.

The real news o*n this night was show's middle act, the Mars Volta, which played a noise-littered 60-minute set marred by a host of sound issues. The first tune was a horribly muddled, painfully drawn-out version of "Cygnus ... Vismund Cygnus." Thankfully, by the time the usually, um, mesmerizing El Paso outfit hit "The Widow" and some older material, the startling vocals and Jim Morrison-like vibe of singer Cedric Bixler began to vault out.

The Set list was (in no order):

Soldier Side
B.Y.O.B.
Revenga
Deer Dance
ATWA
Know
Needles
Cigaro
Question!
Science
Dam
Mr. Jack
Areials
Kill Rock N Roll
Forest
Sad Statue
Bounce
Violent Pornography
Toxicity
Prison Song
War
Suggestions
Chop Suey
Psycho
This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I'm o*n This Song
Lost in Hollywood
Suite Pee
Sugar



Review By MIKE DANIEL / The Dallas Morning News
Photo by JASON JANIK
Thanks toCaptainTripps for the posting the review.
Thanks for tymidisappear for the Setlist



I found this on a site I'm a member at. Pretty cool!

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One of my buddies couldn't go because he got in trouble.
what sort of trouble? Come on, I soooo want to know - what sort of trouble must one get into to not be able to go to a show ???

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The show was awesome and the band puts on one hell of a show. Go see them.. It's worth it! I'll post the setlists for the bands here in a bit.

Ryan
hmm, tickets for their seattle show will go on sale soon (I think - unless I missed it already) --- might have to check them out. The starting at 9:30 PM kind of doesn't sit well with me old age, you know....
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One of my buddies couldn't go because he got in trouble.
what sort of trouble? Come on, I soooo want to know - what sort of trouble must one get into to not be able to go to a show ???

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The show was awesome and the band puts on one hell of a show. Go see them.. It's worth it! I'll post the setlists for the bands here in a bit.

Ryan
hmm, tickets for their seattle show will go on sale soon (I think - unless I missed it already) --- might have to check them out. The starting at 9:30 PM kind of doesn't sit well with me old age, you know....
Hahaha... He kinda got in a wreck... well... more like a hit and run... He didn't get arrested but got in deep shit with his dad! Oh... Seriously... Go to the show and take a nap during the opening band... they suck! You'd enjoy Mars Volta though. They are really a cool band. System absolutely keeps you on your feet. They are really talented and I just didn't realize it till I saw them!

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