Chop Suey! System of a Down Tribute Band

Two of our teachers, Zachary Adkins and Geddy Johnson, are a part of a System of a Down Tribute Band called Chop Suey! They played their first show last Friday and it was AMAZING!! The following is an article by @storiesfromthecrowd talking about the show... GREAT JOB HAD BY ALL!!

Lookout Lounge was packed Friday night (3/22) as Hybrid Theory (Linkin Park tribute) and Chop Suey! (System of a Down tribute) tore the house down!

I’m not a musician, but I have to imagine playing in a tribute band is difficult, possibly even more difficult than playing originals because there is so much to live up to.

You’re not just playing songs, you’re recreating a part of someone’s life. Linkin Park and System of a Down have been a massive presence in the rock and metal scene for the last 20 years and it’s obvious the impact they’ve had on the next generation of bands and rock fans.

When I saw the event page come across my feed I was instantly curious and a bit skeptical that the show could be pulled off properly. I was quickly relieved of any doubt because both of these bands put on a killer show!

I arrived to find a packed room of metal fans patiently waiting for Chop Suey! to take the stage. As the band arrived and started to sound check I worked my way to the front.

As soon as the band started playing B.Y.O.B the room exploded! This was a great song for early in the set with lyrics like “Everybody’s going to the party, have a really good time.” Everyone WAS singing along having the best time!

Also, I couldn’t believe how on point Chop Suey’s playing was! From the vocals to the drums and guitars, everything sounded completely authentic. Singer Derrek even had the eye twitches and screams just like Serj!

My favorite part hands down was “Prison Song.” There’s just something about that whisper “They’re trying to build a prison…” followed by that huge breakdown then a complete shredfest! All the hits were played and even a few deep cuts. The set closed with “Sugar” and the place just erupted.

Derrek thanked everyone for coming out for their first show and I was just blown away. First show? These guys sounded like they had been playing together a long time.

I’m gonna need have someone else on the team take photos next time Chop Suey! plays because I want to be in the pit, at least for “Prison Song.” Don’t miss out, make sure you catch Chop Suey! soon.

After Chop Suey! it was time for the headliner Hybrid Theory.