Megadeth Invite Indonesian Metalhead President to October Show
On October 27, Megadeth will headline the Jogjarockarta Festival in Indonesia and they've invited President Joko Widodo and Governor Ganjar Pranowo to attend the show. Widodo, who was elected President in 2014, is a devout metalhead and was invited to attend Megadeth's appearance at last year's Hammersonic Festival as well.
Megadeth extended the invite to Widodo and Pranowo on Twitter, to which the Governor responded, (roughly translated from Google) "In fact, I love Megadeth and will watch, God willing."
Prior to his election as President, Widodo served as as the governor of Jakarta. He attended a Metallica concert in 2013 and made it known that he not only loved the legendary Bay Area thrashers, but Led Zeppelin and Napalm Death as well.
In 2015, metal artists reached out to Widodo to implore him to halt the execution of two Australian men who had been caught smuggling heroin into Indonesia. The country has strict drug laws and despite pleas from Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi and Napalm Death's Barney Greenway to spare the lives of the "reformed" convicted and condemned men, the executions were carried out. Axl Rose then took aim at the Indonesian Preisdent on Twitter.
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