Rock act Fair To Midland and Tom Morello have been tapped to support Serj Tankian on select fall concert dates in support of the System Of A Down frontman's debut solo album, "Elect the Dead," which drops Oct. 23 via Serjical Strike/Reprise.

Fair To Midland will open for Tankian on Oct. 28 at Slim's in San Francisco, along with an as-yet-unannounced West Coast date. The act will then travel overseas in mid-November for support slots in the U.K., Holland, France and Germany. Rage Against the Machine guitarist Morello will only support Tankian on select North American dates, beginning Oct. 12 at Chicago's Vic Theatre. Morello will perform songs from his side project, the Nightwatchman.

"[Serj] is a great person and we can't wait to go on tour with him," Fair To Midland guitarist Cliff Campbell tells Billboard.biz. "With him, it's always a lot more laid back and chill."

Tankian signed Dallas-based Fair To Midland to his Serjical Strike label after seeing back-to-back performances at Los Angeles' Roxy Theatre and Malibu Inn. "They're an amazing progressive rock band and really nice guys," Tankian tells Billboard.biz. "I find their live show undeniably powerful."

Fair To Midland is currently touring the States in support of its debut effort, "Fables From A Mayfly: What I Tell You Three Times Is True," which was released June 12 on Serjical Strike Records/Universal Republic. The set, which debut at No. 2 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart, has sold 30,000 units in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The upcoming support dates won't be the first instance Tankian has used his celebrity status to help give the young act a push. Tankian joined Fair To Midland onstage at this year's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival to help sing the band's "Walls of Jericho." Campbell says the collaboration helped expose his band to thousands of new listeners at the annual Indio, Calif., festival.

"A lot of people know who we are now," the guitarist says, noting that album sales in Los Angeles increased following the performance. "It helped a lot."

Fair to Midland has been steadily touring since February, and will continue to do so through December of this year, according to Campbell. While performing along such bands as Chevelle and As I Lay Dying, a recent highlight, the guitarist says, was opening two July shows for Smashing Pumpkins earlier this summer in San Francisco.

Meanwhile, Fair to Midland is working its second radio single, "Tall Tales Taste Like Sour Grapes." And while new songs are currently being written on the road, fans shouldn't expect to hear new material live any time soon. "We change songs at least 20 times before they're written," Campbell explains. "But we're working on new stuff as we go."

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