Heavy metal band System of a Down is urging the Bush administration to acknowledge Armenian genocide.

NASHVILLE--Heavy metal band System of a Down is urging the Bush administration to acknowledge Armenian genocide.

The band is asking the U.S. Congress and House of Representatives to schedule votes for SR 164 and HR 193, measures which would do just that.

Members of the band: Serj Tankian/vocals; Daron Malakian/guitars; bassist Shavo Odadjian, and drummer John Dolmayan, are all of Armenian descent, and have been very active in supporting this cause.

The group will headline Souls 2004, a benefit concert in Los Angeles on April 24 at the Greek Theatre. Proceeds will benefit organizations that work to eradicate the atrocities of genocide, including the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA), an organization that supports legislation in the U.S. Congress to recognize the Armenian Genocide that was perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire during World War I.

April 24 was chosen as the date for the concert as this year because it commemorates the 89th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

Tickets for the concert are $45 and go on sale March 12. Nederlander Concerts will promote.

The band has been writing and rehearsing material for a new record, and hope to begin recording for a new American/Columbia record this May, with a tentative fall release. They have no finalized plans to tour this year as of yet.

System of a Down is managed by David Benvenista at Velvet Hammer Management, and booked by Don Muller at Creative Artists Agency.