Daron Malakian’s Scars on Broadway
Santa Ana, California
March 7, 2019
Scars on Broadway, which has been re-branded Daron Malakian’s Scars on Broadway, performed a provoking two-hour set for a sold-out crowd last Thursday in Santa Ana. Malakian, whose main gig has been as the guitarist and second singer in System of a Down since its inception, put his mind-blowing talent on display, accompanied by three fine musicians. Guitarist Orbel Babayan, bassist Niko Chantziantoniou, and drummer Roman Lomtadze--the roving ensemble picked for this tour—provided the musical hoodoo needed for Malakian’s somewhat elaborate arrangements. Up-tempo rockers such as “Sickening Wars” and “Serious” made the floor move, while apocalyptically-tinged dirges like “3005” and “Whoring Streets” provided contrast and respite between the brutality. At the end of the night’s closer, “They Say,” Malakian dropped his guitar and dove into the crowd, as if to say, “Thank you and goodnight” in punk rock style.
Check out the video I shot of the last song of the evening, “They Say.”
I’m a huge Aerosmith fan, going back to the mid-70s, when I used to listen to my Toys in the Attic and Rocks 8-tracks constantly. I’ve seen them live several times over the years, and I particularly remember a show they played in Anaheim during their ‘97 Nine Lives tour. By this time Steven, Joe, Brad, Tom, and Joey were all approaching 50, yet on this night they performed with an exuberance that defied their years. Unforgettable.
I found this clip while looking for another band’s video on YouTube. Aerosmith in ‘97, playing the best live version of “What it Takes” I’ve ever heard. Steven’s vocals riffing with Joe’s guitar solo: infuckingcredible. Bravo.
Seeing Adam Lambert perform in the parking lot at Project Angel Food was one of the best “live music” moments ever.
Watch Adam sing Queen’s “Somebody to Love”
(He nails it!)