The last time Metallica performed in Jakarta was in 1993. I was a college student back then, long haired metal fans. I still remember vividly watching the concert which in the end caused some riots in South Jakarta.
Flash forward 20 years, here I am, father of 2 kids, but still a proud fan of Metallica. So when they once again perform in Jakarta, I was one of the early birds ticket owners.
This time, Metallica held concert in Gelora Bung Karno Senayan, a much bigger venue and drawing much bigger crowd.
And what a show it was. Metallica came out full force, singing mostly their songs from their first 3 albums – Kill Em All, Ride The Lightning and Master of Puppets. Such a treat for us, who have been their fans since high school. We grew up with these songs.
In the end it is a music, rock music celebration. With such diverse crowd spanning from different generations, the show was full of energy but very sober. Everybody is going home happily. Including Metallica. They must be happy to see such huge crowds singing and chanting their name throughout the show. And as James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich promised after the show: they will be back to Indonesia very very soon. Definitely not another 20 years!