Explaining his choice of cover, the US artist said that SOAD “blew my mind every night” when he joined the band on the European festival circuit a few summers ago.
Kelly then told Stern that he and his live band were performing ‘Aerials’ for the first time on the latter’s show, adding: “I’m here to just jam it and see what happens. Serj’s [Tankian] voice is so untouchable. I’m here to just jam and have some fun.”
You can watch Machine Gun Kelly cover System Of A Down’s ‘Aerials’ below.
SOAD guitarist Daron Malakian shared his reaction to Kelly’s cover on Instagram overnight, writing: “I don’t know much about @machinegunkelly, it’s always an honour when someone covers your song, so I can’t hate the guy for giving it a shot.”
During his interview with Stern, Kelly shared his memories of meeting Taylor Hawkins two days before the late Foo Fighters drummer’s death last week.
“I really want to thank [Hawkins] and let his kids know that he made us feel — in a time where the outside world, outside of the fans, was really coming in hard on us — he made us feel so confident in ourselves and loved,” Kelly said, before addressing Hawkins’ children.
“Your father is a great, great man and we were all lucky to know him, and we all appreciate that night more than anyone will know. That was a dream for us.”