In a current episode of The Disc Dive, System of a Down‘s frontman Serj Tankian opened up concerning the band’s early days and the nerve-racking expertise of opening for the legendary Slayer within the late Nineties. Tankian candidly summed it up by saying: “We had been fucking scared.”
“We had been fucking scared, bro, on stage. It was bootcamp, simply surviving, studying work an viewers. ‘Trigger Slayer audiences will hate everybody else, clearly. However that brings again quite a lot of recollections, as a result of it was our first tour as properly. And Daron was all glammed out. I had, like, bizarre shit on my face. And they might take a look at us, like, ‘Who the fuck are these fucking idiots?’ And we needed to impress from, like, not simply base zero level, however unfavorable level. We needed to stand up there and rating factors. And that, my good friend, was unbelievable bootcamp as touring artists, that basically, actually type of made us. It molded us.”
Tankian recount of the band’s first brush with the thrash legends matches the feedback of System of a Down‘s drummer John Dolmayan, who some years in the past reminisced concerning the expertise in a dialog with the Let There Be Talk podcast, saying: “Our first tour was with Slayer, and after you play in entrance of a Slayer crowd, all the pieces else is simple. They usually had been very accepting of us, very supportive, and the folks had been tremendous good to us, and they’d really pay attention.””
Regardless of their preliminary fears, in line with Dolmayan, him and his bandmates had been met with nothing however encouragement from Slayer: “Tom Araya got here as much as us and stated, ‘Let me know in case you have issues,’ and they’d watch us each evening, they had been so good to us and supportive and good folks, and I miss them dearly.”
“I miss Jeff. He was such an excellent man. He would share music with us and are available hang around with us, and we had been simply this little band driving round in an RV. We acquired to know Lombardo as properly on the time. He is a candy man, and Bostaph, after all, was a really good man, nice drummer. Our first tour within the U.S. was with them, they usually took us to Europe as properly, and it was us, Slayer and Sepultura. What an excellent trio that was — an excellent expertise for us.” Dolmayan added.
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