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Watch members of System of a Down and Vio-lence deliver a crushing cover of Stone Temple Pilots’ Dead & Bloated

quarantine STP jam
(Image credit: Instagram/Jason Christopher)

Vio-lence and ex-Machine Head electric guitar player Phil Demmel, System of a Down bassist Shavo Odadjian, singer and musician Jason Christopher and drummer Brandon Pertzborn, both of whom have played with Corey Taylor, have recorded a virtual jam on Stone Temple Pilot’s 1992 song, Dead & Bloated.

The quarantine cover was posted on Christopher’s Instagram page, where he wrote:

“I hope you enjoy watching this as much as we enjoyed making it.

"I would like to thank the homeys: @jayruston for taking time out of his busy schedule to do this sweet mix, @rarebirdlit for the studio, @dirtyern12 for making this rad video, and @ra_diaz for the company. And my brothers in arms: @phildemmel @shavoodadjian @brandonpertzborn

"I love you guys so much and thank you for absolutely crushing this!! I hope we did @stpband justice.”

You can check out the performance above.

In non-quarantine news, Demmel recently paired up with former and current members of Overkill and Dream Theater in BPMD, which he described to Guitar World as “four dudes jamming covers.” 

The group takes on hard rock classics from Grand Funk Railroad, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Ted Nugent. “I was a '70s kid, so these are all bands I [that] loved and really got me into heavy music,” Demmel said.

Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.