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System of a Down’s Serj Tankian Will Join Anthony Bourdain on Parts Unknown TV Show


System of a Down’s Armenian heritage has often been a focal point of their music, and now frontman Serj Tankian is taking that into the cultural realm: on May 20th, he’ll appear in an episode of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown serving as a guide to the culinary delights of Armenia.

From an episode synopsis on

“Armenia (airdate: May 20) Bourdain takes a wide-angle look at the culture and history of this country, heavily influenced by Europe and Russia, with guides musician of Armenian descent Serj Tankian (System of a Down), and historian/Armenian resident Richard Giragosian. Breaking bread with Tankian at the restaurant Dolmama in Yerevan, during dinners with locals, the host explores the native and diaspora Armenian populations’ survival and achievements against the odds.”

Serj shared the news on Facebook as well, offering his own commentary on the experience:

“So I guess the cats out of the bag about my trip to Armenia last year. Pictured next to me is one cool cat named @anthonybourdain. Catch us on his show @partsunknowncnn ‪on May 20‬ on @cnn as we cruise around Armenia in a sweet black Volga.”

I’d totally watch… if I still had cable. Hopefully CNN will make the episode available online for us to share once it airs.

System a Down just announced a string of West Coast U.S. shows later this year. Get dates here.

[via The PRP]

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