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Iron Maiden's Jakarta Invasion
Posted on 3 March 2011
Dubbed as the most devastating live show force on earth, Iron Maiden, the world’s leading heavy metal band took on
Jakarta and Bali as part of their Final Frontier World Tour in February 2011. After Moscow and Singapore, Iron Maiden set up their fantastic stage set overlooking the panoramic scenery of Carnaval Beach in Jakarta’s finest recreation park: Ancol on February 17 th 2011. Arriving in their specially customized air carrier “Ed Force One”, the band brought not only the majority of the crews and equipments, but also passion, total commitment and stunning musicianship as they have always delivered in every performance.
Photo by Andika Saputra/www.indonesia.travel.
Shortly after setting foot for the first time in Indonesia, Iron Maiden’s lead vocalist, Bruce Dickinson, held a press conference in Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta.
The people here are friendly and cool”, said Bruce Dickinson when asked about his impression on his first visit to Indonesia.
The face of night as Jakarta’s clear sky prepared to be stormed by the thundering sounds and jaw-breaking live actions of Iron Maiden.
Seas of “Troopers” and “Metal Heads” filled the
Carnaval Beach with never-ending waves of “devil’s horn signs” and passionate fists to the sky.
Jakarta was rocked, as the sound of distorted melodies sliced the sky and the thundering drums shook the grounds, and the heavy bass harmonies pounded the heart of every enthusiastic trooper.
The three guitar amigos: Janick Gers, Adrian Smith, and Dave Murray stunned the spectators by the astonishing fusion of harmonies.
Scream for me, Jakarta!” shouted Bruce Dickinson as thousands of Die-Hard Troopers and metal enthusiasts replied with roaring, ear-deafening sounds.
Chills crept down the spine as thousands in the crowd chanted passionately to every note of the
Fear of the Dark.
2 Minutes to Midnight, the Wicker Man, Number of the Beast and Iron Maiden were still played as good as those songs were first released many years ago.
For the first time ever in history, “Troopers” in Indonesia and Iron Maiden finally came face to face and connected in person, as Bruce eloquently put it:
“There are only you, us and the night!”
Running free was played as a finale of the performance, as Bruce Dickinson literally running freely around the stage with troopers singing along to the chorus.
The show came to an end leaving eager metal enthusiasts and Troopers still screaming for more.”
Maiden! Maiden! Maiden!” was still heard when the fantastic stage set was torn down.