After a series of appearances from little-known solo artists at the venue, Tankian suddenly took the stage at 8pm and played three songs on piano.
Tankian opened his set with ‘Elect The Dead’, before playing ‘Honking Antelope’ then ‘Sky Is Over’, after which he gave out a message of conservation.
“We don’t consider ourselves part of the environment,” he said. “Because we think we’re too important to consider ourselves animals. We’re only just beginning to realise the impact of the environment on our collective lives.”
Tankian left the stage to mass cheers as the venue began to fill with fans who had been queuing for hours to get into the venue.