Serj Tankian joined by orchestra at Reading Festival

Former System Of A Down man preaches on the NME/Radio 1 Stage

Serj Tankian was joined by a string and horn section for the whole of his set on Reading Festival‘s NME/Radio 1 Stage.

The former System Of A Down frontman performed a number of tracks from his debut solo album ‘Elect The Dead’ and its forthcoming follow-up, ‘Imperfect Harmonies’.

With his band and orchestra dressed in black, Tankian stood out in a white suit, dancing and playing air guitar and violin.


He performed a number of monologues before some songs, criticising capitalism and society. Introducing ‘Borders Are’ he declared: “Trees don’t recognise borders, nature doesn’t recognise borders, natural disasters don’t recognise borders, the sky doesn’t recognise borders – so why the fuck should we?”

Serj Tankian played:

‘Into The Hand’
‘Beethoven’s Cunt’
‘Lie Lie Lie’
‘The Sky Is Over’
‘Saving Us’
‘Left Of Center’
‘Elect The Dead’
‘The Unthinking Majority’
‘Borders Are’
‘Feed Us’
‘Empty Walls’

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