How System of a Down Inspired Sisters of Mercy to Finally Tour Again

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Recently, the legendary rock band The Sisters of Mercy announced a new tour. The Sisters of Mercy started out as a big underground band, and by the mid-1980s, they became a massive mainstream success.

Alongside this tour, the band will also be performing at the ’90s-inspired metal festival, titled Sick New World, and per band member Andrew Eldritch, fans of Sisters of Mercy owe System of a Down singer Serj Tankian much thanks for these upcoming shows.

Tankian is apparently a huge fan of the band, and per Eldritch, he got them their Sick New World gig (which then inspired them to head out for a new tour).

During a recent conversation with BrookylnVegan, Eldritch spoke about the band’s legacy, as well as these upcoming shows. When asked what prompted this new tour, and if it had anything to do with the band playing the ’90s-inspired metal festival, Eldritch said:

“As I mentioned before, there’s a lot of love from the hard rock/metal community for us right now. And, if Serj [Tankian of System of a Down] likes you, you pay attention.”

The interviewer follows up by asking if it was Tankian who got them the Sick New World gig. In response, Eldritch says:

“Yeah. Not the most recent time that we played in Australia, but the previous time, we did some shows and then we went to see System of a Down at an arena gig, and Serj spotted me in front of the stacks and the whole band immediately launched into one of my very old songs as a way of saying hello. They played 30 seconds of ‘Marian’ and I was just blown away by the love. You would be.”

If the singer of System of a Down thinks your music is awesome and helps land you a spot on an exciting new metal festival, that is certainly some strong motivation to get back out onto the road.

If you are interested in seeing The Sisters of Mercy live, you can find their upcoming tour dates below. At the time of this writing, the band’s latest studio album is 1990’s Vision Thing.

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  • May 10 – Silver Spring MD – The Fillmore DC
    May 13 – Las Vegas NV – Sick New World Festival – SOLD OUT
    May 14 – Las Vegas NV – Brooklyn Bowl
    May 15 – Los Angeles CA – Hollywood Palladium
    May 17 – San Francisco CA – The Masonic
    May 19 – Portland OR – Crystal Ballroom
    May 21 – Seattle WA – Moore Theatre
    May 23 – Los Angeles CA – Hollywood Palladium – SOLD OUT
    May 24 – Tempe AZ – Marquee Theatre
    May 26 – Houston TX – Bayou Music Center
    May 27 – Austin TX – Austin City Limits Live at Moody Theatre
    May 29 – St Louis MO – The Pageant
    May 31 – Boston MA – Big Night Live
    June 2 – Brooklyn NY – Kings Theatre
    June 3 – Philadelphia PA – The Fillmore
    June 5 – Detroit MI – The Fillmore
    June 6 – Chicago IL – The Salt Shed
    June 8 – Kansas City MO – Uptown Theatre
    June 9 – Denver CO – Fillmore Auditorium