SYSTEM OF A DOWN drummer John Dolmayan is no longer involved with SCARS ON BROADWAY, the project led by SYSTEM OF A DOWN guitarist/vocalist Daron Malakian.
SCARS ON BROADWAY returned to the live stage on May 2, 2010 after a 17-month absence to play a headlining show at The Troubadour in West Hollywood, California. The band debuted a new song, reportedly entitled “Talkin’ Shit”, and was joined for two tracks — “Cute Machines” and “They Say” — by SYSTEM OF A DOWN bassist Shavo Odadjian on third guitar.
Earlier this year, SCARS ON BROADWAY released a 43-second audio clip of a new song, “Guns Are Loaded”, to be included on the band’s forthcoming sophomore album.
Speaking to PureGrainAudio.com, Dolmayan said, “I’m no longer involved with SCARS ON BROADWAY, but Daron is, and is in the process of making, recording and releasing an album. So, you will definitely hear some SCARS ON BROADWAY within the next four or five months. . . And it’s a good album, by the way.”
In October 2008, Malakian announced via SCARS ON BROADWAY‘s web site that the band’s headlining tour — which included an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” — was being canceled, with no plans of rescheduling. Malakian cited his lack of enthusiasm and “his heart not being into touring” as the chief reasons behind the decision to call off the trek. “The music of SCARS will live on, but now is a time when aspects of my life need to be tended to,” he said in a statement.
SCARS ON BROADWAY sold just under 24,000 copies of its self-titled debut album in the United States during its first week of release to debut at position No. 17 on The Billboard 200 chart. This number represented roughly 36 percent of the 66,000 opening tally registered by “Elect the Dead”, the debut solo effort from SYSTEM OF A DOWN lead singer Serj Tankian, which came out in the fall of 2007 through the Warner Music Group.