SYSTEM OF DOWN's MALAKIAN: 'I Have Family In Iraq'

SYSTEM OF A DOWN guitarist Daron Malakian says that the potential war with Iraq is an "extremely personal issue" for him. "I have family [in Iraq]," Daron Malakian said in a statement. "I visited Iraq when I was a teenager, and I can tell you first-hand that the people who I met there are really nice, ordinary people who don't want war with us or with anyone. So, we'd like to have the [video for the new SYSTEM OF A DOWN single] 'Boom!' . . .help change the way people think about the solution to our global problems. We want to make the idea of dropping bombs, of waging war seem as antiquated and ridiculous as it is today for an Afro-American to have to sit at the back of the bus."

The video for "Boom!" has been directed by guerrilla filmmaker Michael Moore ("Roger & Me", "Bowling for Columbine"). Watch the clip here.

"Boom!" is featured on SYSTEM OF A DOWN's latest release, "Steal This Album!" Released in December, the American/Columbia set debuted at No. 15 on The Billboard 200. As previously reported, SYSTEM frontman Serj Tankian will on May 6 release "Serart", his collaboration with experimentalist Arto Tuncboyaciyan. The album will be issued on Tankian's Serjical Strike imprint via Columbia.

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