According to the Las Vegas Sun, bassist Shavo Odadjian of SYSTEM OF A DOWN enjoyed a night of gambling at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada this past Saturday — just one day before his band officially announced that it was reuniting for a series of European gigs next June.
Check out photos of Odadjian at the Hard Rock Hotel at this location.
SYSTEM OF A DOWN officially announced its return this morning (Monday, November 29), with the band confirming that it will headline or co-headline several prominent European festivals next summer. 10 gigs across Europe have been announced, with North American tour plans yet to be confirmed.
Odadjian told The Pulse of Radio a while back that he could never envision SYSTEM OF A DOWN going away permanently. "We're brothers, man, we'll take bullets for each other," he said. "So it's like, you kind of miss each other after a while and you, one guy makes the first move, then another starts making phone calls....this is a juggernaut, man. SYSTEM OF A DOWN is my lifeline. It'll never go away. We could not make a record for 10 years — that's not gonna happen, but I'm just saying we could — and we'll come back strong."
(Audio of Odadjian talking to The Pulse of Radio about SYSTEM OF A DOWN can be streamed at this location. [Real Media])
Odadjian hinted in a recent interview that financial problems and creative differences led the band to take a break and prevent a permanent split.
There is no word yet on whether SYSTEM plans to record a new album.
SYSTEM OF A DOWN went on hiatus in late 2006 after touring behind its two 2005 albums, "Mezmerize" and "Hypnotize". All four members of the group expressed a desire to work on separate projects.
Tankian has issued two solo albums, while guitarist Daron Malakian and drummer John Dolmayan launched a short-lived band called SCARS ON BROADWAY in 2008. Odadjian worked on a project with RZA from the WU-TANG CLAN called ACHOZEN, but no music from that has surfaced.