The Jakarta Post
Elpamas was established in the small town of Pandaan, Pasuruan regency, East Java. (Shutterstock/File)
Indonesian 1980s rock band Elpamas reunited for a concert over the weekend in Malang, East Java, bringing together members Didik Sucahyo, Dullahgowi, Tony and Didik Kompol.
Late keyboardist Issom, who passed away several years ago, was replaced by Herlambang for the concert on Saturday. Guitarist Totok Tewel, who contributed to the band's growth, also performed in the concert, during which the band played its hits, as well as rock classics from the 1970's, including those by Pink Floyd, ELP, Deep Purple, Rainbow and Uriah Heep.
Elpamas was established in the small town of Pandaan, located in the Pasuruan regency in East Java. The band began to gain recognition after winning third place in the 1984 Indonesia Rock Festival. One of its hit singles, "Pak Tua", from the 1991 album Tato, was seen as critical toward the ruling regime at the time.
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Elpamas reunited for a concert over the weekend in Malang, East Java, bringing together members Didik Sucahyo, Dullahgowi, Tony and Didik Kompol. (Courtesy of Dullahgowie/File)
The concert was facilitated by the Indonesia Music Museum (MMI), as MMI head Hengki Herwanto said the organization highly appreciated Elpamas, a small town band that made its name known nationally.
"Elpamas’ album collection is also stored in Indonesia Music Museum," Hengki said on Friday, ahead of the concert.
He added that two bands from Malang also performed in the concert, namely Black Stallion and Evolution-X. "Featuring the two bands is also a form of appreciation by the Indonesia Music Museum to support in showing local band potential to the public," Hengki said. (liz/kes)
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