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Megadeth rocks around 15,000 fans in Yogyakarta

Bambang Muryanto

The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta  /  Mon, October 29, 2018  /  11:35 am
Megadeth rocks around 15,000 fans in Yogyakarta

Other than performing songs, Megadeth also presented graphic illustrations on a huge TV screen that served as the stage's background during their concert in Yogyakarta on Saturday. (JP/Bambang Muryanto)

American heavy metal band Megadeth entertained around 15,000 fans for one-and-a-half  hours on Saturday at the Kridosono Stadium in Yogyakarta.

In the "No Place for Hate" concert, which was part of Jogjarockarta Festival 2018, the band opened the show by belting "Hangar 18" from their album Rust in Peace. Consisting of Dave Mustaine on vocals and guitar, Kiko Loureiro on guitar, David Ellefson on bass and Dirk Verbueren on drums, they rocked their fans with hits like “Dystopia” -- for which they received a Grammy Award for best metal performance category last year -- “She-Wolf”, “Peace Sells” and “Symphony of Destruction”. 

“I came from America just for you. Thank you for being here,” Mustaine told the concert-goers who were made up of mostly 25 year olds and above.

He founded Megadeth with Ellefson back in 1983. Along with Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax, Megadeth is one of the four most prominent trash metal bands in the world.

Fans, who were in the front row, could be heard singing along with the band's vocalist. They came from all over Indonesia and neighboring Malaysia.

Besides performing, Megadeth also presented graphic illustrations on a huge TV screen that served as the stage's background, alongside its symbol Vic Rattlehead.

The band had officially invited President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo to attend the concert. Ganjar showed up, however, Jokowi, who is a metalhead, was only able to send a video message.

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"I'm a fan of Megadeth, the rock band of Dave Mustaine. I like their songs 'Sweating Bullets', 'Ashes in Your Mouth' and 'Wake Up Dead'; however, I don't know whether they will play these songs or not. Have fun watching, everyone," said Jokowi.

That night the band performed more than 10 songs and closed the concert with another hit "Holy War".

One of the festival-goers, Bambang, said he was happy with the band’s performance. 

"I have loved Megadeth since high school; especially their song 'Symphony of Destruction'," he added.

Anas Syahrul Alimi, the CEO of Jogjarockarta promoter Rajawali Indonesia Communicatons, also shared Bambang’s sentiments.

Koil, God Bless, Seringai, Indra Lesmana Project (ILP), Edane, Sangkakala, Blackout and Elpamas were the opening acts.

"This performance by Megadeth was the end of their 'Dystopia' tour [which kicked off] three years ago," Anas said.

Megadeth will auction off a guitar owned by Mustaine. The funds raised will be donated to the earthquake victims of Palu and Donggala in Central Sulawesi.

"We will soon auction and announce the result on the Jogjarockarta [social media] account," said Anas. (kes)