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System Of A Down return to UK in April 2015

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SYSTEM OF A DOWN
TO COMMEMORATE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF ARMENIAN GENOCIDE WITH
 
 ‘WAKE UP THE SOULS’
WORLD TOUR
 

  • BAND TO PLAY VERY SPECIAL, ONE-OFF LONDON SHOW AS PART OF WORLD TOUR. THEIR FIRST INDOOR UK SHOW SINCE 2005

 

  • LANDMARK TOUR WILL SEE MULTI-PLATINUM, GRAMMY WINNING ALT-ROCK GROUP PERFORMING IN HOMELAND OF ARMENIA FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER

System Of A Down, will be heading to London in April 2015 to play an exceptionally special and important show on 10th April 2015 at The SSE Wembley Arena as part of their ‘Wake Up The Souls’ World Tour. This show will be their first indoor show in the UK since 2005.
 
April 24th 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, an attempted extermination of the Armenian people by the Ottoman Empire. A century later, System Of A Down refuse to let the victims or lessons learned be forgotten. On April 10th, 2015, they’ll commemorate the Genocide’s 100th anniversary on the world stage with their “Wake Up The Souls” arena tour, an international trek that begins at London’s SSE Wembley Arena and culminates with the band’s first-ever performance in Yerevan’s Republic Square.
 
Commemorating the centennial of the Armenian Genocide, the ‘Wake Up The Souls’ tour is not just about seeing one of the best live bands performing a rare and very special show, it’s also about an extremely important political, social, human issue. System Of A Down want to clearly state that this is not directed at the people of Turkey, but rather at the atrocities that were carried out. In a statement issued today, the band said: 
 
“As we mark this solemn centennial, please join us and the good people of conscience in Turkey to take a stand for truth and justice, and ask their President and Parliament to accept the Republic of Turkey’s moral and material responsibility for the Armenian Genocide.
 
With your help, such a historic step taken by the people of Turkey in the spirit of human solidarity, heartfelt compassion and justice will not only heal the wounds of one genocide, but will more broadly represent a truly transformative step toward a new age – an era without genocide.”
 
Fans looking for information about the “Wake Up The Souls” tour and/or how to get involved should visit the band’s official site, systemofadown.com, where they’ll see content curated by the group, along with an interactive “heat map” splash page featuring the band’s statement about the tour and cause, along with tour dates, ticket links, share options, fan-generated content and “Take Action” instructions.
 
Tickets for this exceptional show will go on general sale at 10am on Friday 28th November, priced at £37.50, (subject to booking fee) from www.livenation.co.uk 
 

Here is the bands full statement about the Armenian Genocide and the World Tour:

“The first genocide of the 20th century was perpetrated by the Ottoman Turks against the empire’s Armenian, Greek and Assyrian populations. The failure to prevent the atrocities or punish the perpetrators led to the modern cycle of genocide.

In the aftermath of this WWI Era mass murder, there were no Nuremberg-type trials, no international courts to exact justice from the perpetrators or to offer reparations or rights of return to its victims. In the place of justice, Turkey bartered its oil rights and leveraged its geopolitical capital to block Woodrow Wilson’s planned territorial restoration and reparations for Armenia.

The Turkish state, having escaped responsibility for its attempted annihilation of an entire nation, continues to harvest the rich fruits of its crime. Its leaders today, emboldened by the world’s inaction, try to enforce a gag-rule prohibiting the U.S. and other governments from speaking honestly about this atrocity.

Horrific stories of the first modern genocide filled the front pages of the NY Times starting in 1915.  The U.S. humanitarian response to this crime, from the American Red Cross to Near East Relief, marked America’s emergence as an international humanitarian power.  Yet, sadly, it was the world’s failure to punish the perpetrators of this genocide that set the dangerous precedent of a genocide committed with impunity that has so emboldened tyrants – from Hitler to al-Bashir – to use mass murder as a tool of policy and power. 

The German army, allied with Ottoman Turkey, seeing Turkey evade accountability, drew a terrible lesson from this atrocity about the willingness of the world to turn a blind eye to the planned extermination of a whole race under the guise of war.  One young German soldier named Adolf Hitler of the Great War later remarked “WHO NOW REMEMBERS THE ARMENIANS?” as he orchestrated what is now known as the Holocaust.

Our answer is WE DO!

We will not allow the crime of despots coupled with the greed of world powers and their interests in resource acquisition to pen our history.

Despite the UN Genocide Convention and numerous ad-hoc international bodies, including the U.S. Atrocities Prevention Board, this worst of man-made diseases continues to spread because the world’s response to genocide is viewed as a political choice, not a moral necessity.

By demanding a truthful and just resolution of the Armenian Genocide we are saying Never Again to all genocides.  Never again will we stand by while people are murdered for belonging to a select race, ethnic, or religious group as they were in Turkey, Nazi Europe, Cambodia, East Timor, Rwanda, or Darfur.

There are already brave souls within Turkey, who – at risk of prosecution, persecution, and even violence – are openly calling for recognition and reparations for the Armenian Genocide.  Many other Turkish citizens share these humanitarian values, but have not yet spoken out – intimidated by a government that has, for too long, obstructed the peace that only truth and justice can bring. It’s time to break this silence.

As we mark this solemn centennial, please join us and the good people of conscience in Turkey to take a stand for truth and justice, and ask their President and Parliament to accept the Republic of Turkey’s moral and material responsibility for the Armenian Genocide.

With your help, such a historic step taken by the people of Turkey in the spirit of human solidarity, heartfelt compassion and justice will not only heal the wounds of one genocide, but will more broadly represent a truly transformative step toward a new age – an era without genocide.

Thank you,

System of a Down”

 

Turn on, Tune in, Rock out!

 

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Nelson Mandela Dies Aged 95

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Nelson Mandela, the universally revered former President of South Africa, revolutionary, Nobel Peace Prize winner and iconic leader of the Anti-Apartheid movement, has died, at the age of 95 after years of declining health. The death of a man as widely loved and admired as figures such as the Dalai Lama, Ghandi and Martin Luther King will surely be felt around the world.

After spending 27 years in prison for his attempts to overthrow a deeply racist and oppressive South African Government at the beginning of the 1960’s, Mandela went on to become the first black president of South Africa and the first president elected in a fully multi-racial election.

Often described as “the father of the nation” Mandela was an inspiring figure. His release from prison is still the most vivid memory I have of a school assembly. I was only 6 at the time but I still remember my head teacher announcing Mandela’s release in front of the whole school and telling us all about Mandela’s story and I don’t even remember the Berlin Wall coming down so that says a lot for the impact this had on my life.

Following his release from prison, which was televised world wide, Mandela oversaw the rebuilding and reconciliation of a divided nation. He travelled the world encouraging foreign countries to support a free South Africa and led negotiations with the Afrikaner Apartheid regime to introduce democratic, fully representative elections to South Africa. He dedicated his life to creating peace between the black and white populations of South Africa and bringing an end to oppression.

In 1994 the first fully democratic elections took place and, as leader of the ANC party, Mandela was elected as South Africa’s first black president. He set about creating a ‘Government of National Unity’ seeing national reconciliation as his priority. He set out to create the broadest possible representation in his cabinet appointing a number of former government officials as ministers alongside members of the ANC – a feat not even achieved by many peaceful nations.

In what I consider to be one of the most inspiring acts in history, Mandela personally met with senior figures of the apartheid regime, that had imprisoned him for almost three decades, to offer forgiveness and reconciliation. His famous words “Courageous people do not fear forgiving for the sake of peace.” and his ability to bear 27 years of incarceration with dignity and then to forgive those who imprisoned him and oppressed his people should be an example for everyone. He was a truly extraordinary human being and the world would certainly be a worse place without his influence.

A symbol of perseverance, patience, belief, dignity, freedom and equality, he will always be an influence in my life and his passing will be mourned by millions but his legacy will live on. If ever there was a man that changed and inspired the world, it is Nelson Mandela.

I will end this post with the poem that inspired and empowered Mandela during his imprisonment, as it really is inspiring. You may recognise it from the film of the same name staring Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman.

Invitcus by William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul

Rest in Peace Madiba


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