John Dolmayan, the iconic drummer of GRAMMY® Award-winning, multiplatinum Los Angeles quartet System Of A Down, has released “Starman,” a high-voltage rendition of David Bowie’s 1972 hit. The song marks the second single from Dolmayan’s These Grey Men album and features System Of A Down vocalist Serj Tankian.
The forthcoming eight-track album, out Friday, February 28, is an eclectic collection of reimagined songs Dolmayan was inspired by during many drives between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. These Grey Men features additional special guest artists including M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold and Tom Morello, among others, with a bulk of the album recorded at Dave Grohl’s Studio 606.
“While I was driving, I’d put on satellite radio and listen to whatever came on,” says Dolmayan. “Oftentimes, I’d hear something and ask myself how I would play or arrange it. I actually started to make a list of about 30 songs I might cover someday. I just got inspiration from desert driving and listening to music. System wasn’t making music at the time, but I needed an outlet for my artistic energy. So, I whittled down the list and reached out to some artists I wanted to work with.”