Rocking the stage: Axl Rose, lead vocalist of American rock band Guns N' Roses performs at Mata Elang International Stadium, Ancol, North Jakarta on Sunday. He wooed the crowd with renditions of dozens of the band's hits from the 1990's. The concert was supposed to be held on Saturday at Bung Karno Sports complex but was delayed and moved to the Ancol complex due to rain damage. (JP/P.J. Leo)
American rock band Guns N' Roses had prepared a surprise for its Indonesian fans during its concert at Mata Elang International Stadium, North Jakarta on Sunday.
Appearing on stage a few minutes after the scheduled 1 p.m. start, the lead vocalist — the remaining original member of the band Axl Rose — walked straight out on stage and sang “Chinese Democracy” without greeting his thousands of fans.
However, in the middle of the show, one of the guitarists Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal took the audience by surprise when he started to play the national anthem “Indonesia Raya” on his guitar. The audience assisted the guitarist and sang the lyrics, Antara news wire reported.
One of the fans Andi Ahmad, 36, said that it was a gesture of the band's appreciation of Indonesia.
Jakarta Governor Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, who is known for his fondness for rock music, was seen in the crowd.
The band wrapped up the three-hour show after singing dozens of hits including “Don't Cry”, “Welcome to the Jungle”, “November Rain” and many more. (iwa)