Both System Of A Down and W.A.S.P. were forced to cancel tour dates this past week due to injuries to band members.System Of A Down guitarist Daron Malakian flew home to Los Angeles for emergency knee surgery after aggravating an old injury during recent gigs. The surgery has caused the cancellation of several concerts, including tonight's show in Austin, a show tomorrow in San Antonio, Texas, three performances in Florida and one in Norfolk, Virginia. Once back on its collective feet, System Of A Down will be linking up with the Family Values tour for the month of October. The group, however, first expects to be back on the road for a solo appearance in Phoenix on September 18, and a concert the following night in Worcester, Massachusetts. The Down is also slated for three performances in Los Angeles, namely The Roxy September 29, the Troubadour October 1, and the Whiskey October 2. Later in the year, SOAD is scheduled to open for Black Sabbath when that group performs
in its hometown of Birmingham, England, December 21 and 22, along with Drain STH and Godsmack.Meanwhile veteran metal rockers W.A.S.P. has had to cancel its entire North American tour to allow lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist Blackie Lawless to undergo othroscopic surgery to repair a torn tendon in his right, an injury sustained almost a year ago while playing baseball. That band plans to return to the road in October/November.
-- Sorelle Saidman