On Friday, January 31st, System of a Down, Korn and Faith No More all posted the same mysterious image — of an astronaut drifting in outer space, along with the caption “Monday” — instantly sparking rumors that the alt-metal giants might be teaming for what would be a massive three-headed tour. Now, the big news has been revealed, and while it isn’t quite as momentous as a joint trek, it is very epic indeed. Billed as “one night of galactic proportions,” May 22nd will see System, Korn and Faith No More — as well as Helmet and Russian Circles — sharing the stage at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles for an insane one-off show.
The concert will be headlined by System of a Down, who, of course, have not made a new album since 2005’s Hypnotize, but have been playing shows to rapt crowds. Korn are riding high on the success of last year’s critically acclaimed full-length The Nothing, while Faith No More recently surprised fans with the news that they would be playing festivals in Europe all summer, though they appear to have no plans to record a follow-up to 2015 comeback LP Sol Invictus. Alt-metal stalwarts Helmet, led by singer-guitarist Page Hamilton, released their last album, Dead to the World, in 2016, but have also been celebrating the anniversaries of their classic Nineties LPs, Meantime and Betty, in recent years. Finally, perhaps the oddest member of the bill — revered post-metal instrumentalists Russian Circles — come to the concert fresh off 2019’s stellar Blood Year.
Tickets will go on sale Friday, February 7th, via livenation.com. See a video ad for the show, featuring the astronaut from the teaser images, below.
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