System Of A Down Recruit Deftones For Nostalgic Summer Tour

By Zachary Swickey

It’s clear by looking at festival lineups that nostalgia is in like never before in the music scene. (Why else could Cash Money sign Limp Bizkit?) And now fans of ’90s alt-metal have plenty to celebrate with System of a Down announcing a two-week summer jaunt with their old chums, the Deftones.

The two outfits first teased the new tour through the trading of tweets (above) by holding up each other’s backstage passes in photos, but now the cat is officially out of the bag with the two groups hitting the road for the first half of August.

System of a Down notably went on hiatus in 2006, but made their live return for a round of some West Coast dates last year, but this upcoming Deftones tour will mark their first stops in the states since those few shows. SOAD hasn’t released any new music since 2005’s Mezmerize and Hypnotize and have yet to announce any plans of recording a new album (unfortunately).

On the other hand, Deftones have already begun work in the studio on their upcoming seventh disc. Grammy-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Marilyn Manson) will helm the boards like he did with their last effort, ‘10’s Diamond Eyes. Friend of the band Sergio Vega will once again be filling in for original bassist Chi Cheng, who remains in a comatose state following an auto accident four years ago.

Check out the tour dates below (and anyone can feel free to fly me out to the East Coast, so I too may see my dream trek come true).

System Of A Down/Deftones tour dates:

>> 8/02 Philadelphia, PA – Susquehanna Bank Center
>> 8/04 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
>> 8/05 Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
>> 8/07 Washington, DC – Verizon Center Arena
>> 8/09 Boston, MA – Comcast Center
>> 8/11 Montreal, QC – Heavy Metal Festival Parterre @ Parc Jean Drapeau
>> 8/12 Toronto, ON – Heavy Metal Festival Downsview Park
>> 8/14 Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Amphitheater
>> 8/15 Chicago, IL – Allstate Arena