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Ari Lasso, Once to reunite with Dewa 19 at concert

Ni Nyoman Wira
Ni Nyoman Wira

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Thu, August 4, 2016  /  09:13 am
Ari Lasso, Once to reunite with Dewa 19 at concert

Ari Lasso performs with Dewa 19 at the Bemsmart15 event at Istora Senayan, South Jakarta, on May 8. (instagram.com/de19wa/-)

Indonesian rock band Dewa 19 will be joined by its former lead vocalists, Ari Lasso and Elfonda “Once” Mekel, in its upcoming concert at Malang State University in East Java on Oct. 19.

“Ari and Once will perform the songs they each popularized during their time with the band,” Tia Maulana of Barrat Enterprise, the show’s event organizer, told kompas.com on Tuesday. In short, the concert will be a nostalgic one for fans of Dewa 19, also known as Baladewa.

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Meanwhile, Malang was chosen as the venue due to its role as the center of music in East Java. The band itself was born in the province's capital city of Surabaya in 1986.

Concert tickets will be available in three categories, with ticket prices starting at Rp 1 million ($76).

Initially born under the name DEWA, Dewa 19 has changed lead vocalists several times. Prior to the release of The Best of Dewa 19 album at the end of 1999, Ari Lasso was reportedly dismissed from the band due to drug-addiction. He was then replaced by Once, who then left the band in 2010 to focus on a solo career. (kes)

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