Grammy Award-winning band Linkin Park is set to rock Jakarta on Wednesday, much to the excitement of thousands of Indonesian fans.
The show will be the band’s first performance in Asia in support of its new album, “A Thousand Suns,” lead guitarist Brad Delson told the Jakarta Globe in a telephone interview.
“I’m very excited to come to Jakarta,” Delson said. “This is our first Asian tour for ‘ A Thousand Suns ,’ and we’re really excited to play the new music to our fans all over Asia.”
The band, which will perform at Bung Karno Stadium, last played in Indonesia seven years ago at Carnaval Beach in Ancol, where it entertained more than 30,000 fans who sang along to hits such as “Numb” and “Crawling” from the award-winning albums “Meteora” and “Hybrid Theory.”
Since then, the band has released two more well-received studio albums, “Minutes to Midnight” in 2007 and “A Thousand Suns” in September of last year.
Linkin Park’s musical style and catchy anthems also caught the attention of movie director Michael Bay, who used some of the band’s songs in his box-office hits “Transformers,” “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” and “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.”
Dedicated fans such as Primanitya Swastiyastu, 31, and Dika Toolkit, 27, are anxiously awaiting the band’s upcoming performance here.
“I’ve been a fan since their first album,” Primanitya said. “But I had to miss their last show [in Jakarta] since I had an exam the next day.”
Dika, who was able to attend the concert in 2004, said he was looking forward to hearing songs from the band’s new album played live.
“It’s been seven years and in between they have released two albums,” he said. “I’ve got to see them, to see if they’ve improved.”
The band, Delson said, will take its tour to six of Asia’s major cities, including Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, Taipei and Bangkok. Linkin Park is also scheduled to play on Sept. 24 in Singapore’s F1 Grand Prix, where it will share the stage with Shakira, Shaggy and Boy George.
Linkin Park, which was formed in 1996, is composed of vocalists Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda, guitarist Delson, drummer Rob Bourdon, bassist Dave Farrell and DJ Joe Hahn.