Serj Tankian proposed leaving System Of A Down in 2017 and the band even auditioned a new singer

Serj Tankian proposed leaving System Of A Down in 2017 and the band even auditioned a new singer
Serj Tankian proposed leaving System Of A Down in 2017 and the band even auditioned a new singer

In a surprising revelation, iconic System Of A Down singer Serj Tankian has divulged details of a critical moment in the band’s history when he proposed stepping down in 2017, which could have changed the trajectory training forever.

Tankian, known for his distinctive voice and commanding stage presence, has opened up about the turmoil behind the scenes in his new memoir, Down With The System (via Rolling Stone). The singer explains his decision to propose leaving the group, citing personal reasons and the desire to ensure the continuation of his teammates’ musical aspirations.

At the heart of Tankian’s revelation is a crucial band meeting held in System manager Beno’s office, during which he expressed his intentions to his colleagues – guitarist and singer Daron Malakian, bassist Shavo Odadjian and drummer John Dolmayan.

“I have been very clear that I am no longer interested in touring, both because of my back and because it is no longer something that is part of my vision”Tankian told the group, setting the stage for a momentous announcement. “I think you should find a new singer.”

The proposal, although shocking, reflects Tankian’s deep concern for the development of his teammates and the longevity of the group. Despite his central role in the band’s success, Tankian prioritized System Of A Down’s collective aspirations over his personal desires, exemplifying a rare blend of selflessness and dedication to the band’s legacy.

Tankian’s offer is not without complexity, however. Reflecting on the group’s history and its evolving relationships with other members, Tankian acknowledged that it was difficult to navigate the artistic differences and personal dynamics within the group.

“For a long time, System Of A Down was just the four of us. We built it from scratch, we went through all the battles together, and if one of us left, it just wouldn’t be the same.”says Tankian, emphasizing the deep ties that unite the members of the group.

However, despite his initial proposal, Tankian’s departure did not materialize. After auditioning another singer, the band ultimately chose to explore alternative solutions to address Tankian’s concerns while still preserving the essence of System Of A Down.

System Of A Down is currently preparing for its future projects, including a unique performance in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

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