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.”