Watch: When SOAD’s John Dolmayan Attacked Shavo Odadjian Onstage During a Show

Shavo Odadjian Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images / John Dolmayan Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images
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It is one thing to have a little bit of roughhousing and teasing on stage with your fellow bandmates, but to run up to one of them while they are playing their instrument and drag them to the ground during a live show? That seems a tad too rough.

Many moons ago, during a System of a Down concert, such an incident took place.

At one point during this particular show, the band was performing their song “Suite-Pee” and sitting in for drums was the late Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison.

So where was John Dolmayan at this time? Well, he was at the side of the stage (for unknown reasons).

Per fan-captured footage of what went down, you can see the camera focusing on System of a Down bassist Shavo Odadjian. While Odadjian is performing, you can see Dolmayan charging from the side of the stage and right toward the bassist.

Dolmayan wraps himself around Odadjian as he is playing, and the two begin to wrestle with each other. This struggle intensifies as Dolmayan is eventually able to bring Odadjian to the ground.

Then, as Dolmayan and Odadjian are wrestling on the ground, the video concludes with System of a Down guitarist Daron Malakian throwing himself on top of them.

It is one hell of a punk moment for sure, and it is probably fair to assume that all of this went down in the name of good fun.

Still though, imagine the shock that Odadjian may have experienced being grabbed mid-song and then having his ass thrown down, only for him and his bandmate to be body slammed by another bandmate. That is likely an experience that lives in each bandmate’s head rent-free.

You can check out this on-stage fight for yourself via the video player below. Also below, you will find links to other System of a Down-related stories

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