The Jakarta Post
Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park performs on Linkin Park Live in Bangkok: A Thousand Suns World Tour 2011 at Impact Maungthong Thani in Bangkok on Sept. 23, 2011. (Shutterstock/mooinblack)
American musician Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park fame is set to perform as a solo act at the Jakarta International Expo (JIExpo) in Kemayoran, Jakarta, on Sept. 4.
Organized by concert promoters Beatnation Asia and Widelands, the forthcoming performance is part of the Asian leg of Shinoda’s Post Traumatic tour – one year after the release of his solo album of the same name.
Besides Jakarta, the Asian leg of his Post Traumatic tour will also bring Shinoda to Taipei, Manila and Nagoya.
Beatnation CEO Abe Aditya said the concert was poised to strike an emotional chord, especially with fans of Shinoda and Linkin Park.
“Shinoda’s latest album, Post Traumatic, is a very personal project. It represents his effort to cope with overwhelming grief following the death of his dear friend [late Linkin Park lead vocalist] Chester Bennington two years ago,” Abe said during a press conference in Jakarta on Wednesday.
Warner Music Indonesia representative Aquilla Aditya (left to right), Widelanes spokesperson Tania Rizqia, Beatnation Asia CEO Abe Aditya and music observer Adib Hidayat pose at a press conference on Mike Shinoda's upcoming Jakarta concert on Wednesday. (JP/Rizki Fachriansyah)
He went on to say that Beatnation Asia, along with Widelands, had originally planned to include Jakarta in Shinoda’s Asia tour last year. However, due to scheduling conflicts, he said Shinoda had only confirmed last month that he would perform in the capital city.
“We had the honor of being able to collaborate with the team that also manages Linkin Park. They made sure that everything was up to their standards,” he added.
Abe said pre-sale tickets for Shinoda’s upcoming concert in Jakarta would be available on July 1 at 10 a.m. exclusively on Traveloka. Two ticket categories would be offered, starting from Rp 350,000 (US$25).
General tickets would be available as soon as pre-sale tickets were sold out, starting from Rp 690,000, according to Abe.
Widelands spokesperson Tania Rizqia said that, as a gesture of appreciation for Linkin Park fans, the pre-sale tickets would be available sooner on the website of the band’s official fan club, Linkin Park Underground.
“Devoted fans who are registered on the official Linkin Park Underground website will be able to purchase the pre-sale tickets on June 30,” she said.
She went on to say that the concert would also feature British rock band Don Broco as a guest star.
Shinoda is one of the Linkin Park cofounders and serves as the band’s primary songwriter, colead vocalist and keyboardist. In addition to the band, Shinoda is also known for his side project Fort Minor.
The musician acknowledged on several occasions that he had struggled with anxiety since Bennington died by suicide in 2017.
Speaking to NME last year, Shinoda said Post Traumatic, his first solo album, represented his candid journal of thoughts as he grappled with the untimely passing of his friend.
“That was very dark. I wasn’t even leaving my house,” he said.
Music observer Adib Hidayat said Shinoda’s upcoming concert in Jakarta would be an opportunity for local fans to share an intimate moment with the artist.
“Not only will fans be treated to a good time, but they will also reach catharsis through Shinoda’s music,” Adib said, adding that he expected the lasting trauma of Bennington’s death, as well as the issue of mental health to be addressed by Shinoda during the concert.
Abe echoed Adib’s sentiment, saying the concert would be a therapeutic event, where fans would be able to share their feelings with one another through their admiration for Shinoda, Bennington and Linkin Park.
“Shinoda will most likely perform several iconic Linkin Park songs, during which he will perform the rap segments and leave most of the singing to the fans. We will all be Chester at the concert,” he said. (kes)
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