System of a Down forced to postpone weekend shows after Serj Tankian tests positive for COVID-19

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System of a Down was forced to postpone a pair of upcoming shows in Los Angeles after frontman Serj Tankian tested positive for COVID-19.

Tankian shared the news with fans on his Instagram Thursday, explaining, “After having 3 really fun shows, I got back to LA with flu-like symptoms. I am shocked that it could even be Covid as I am not just vaccinated but also incredibly careful.”

SOAD was set to play at Los Angeles’ Banc of California Stadium on Friday, October 22, and Saturday, October 23, alongside KornHelmet and Russian Circles.  The band has since pushed the shows into next year, setting the new dates on February 4 and February 5.

Tickets purchased for the October shows will be honored for the new dates.  Those unable to make the rescheduled performances will be given a refund.

“I am so sorry to have to push these dates yet again especially to those who made sacrifices to be here from out of town,” Tankian continued. “Touring is not something I intend to continue doing down the line so these handful of shows have meant the world to me.”

The “Empty Walls” singer closed by thanking his followers for “your love and understanding.”

SOAD is not the only band grappling with breakthrough COVID-19 cases.  Last week, Korn drummer Ray Luzier became the third member of the band to test positive for COVID-19. Previously, frontman Jonathan Davis tested positive back in August, while guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer contracted the virus in September.


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