Did Ancol, Iron Maiden Now Ready to Rock Bali
Made Arya Kencana & Sachin Gopalan
Denpasar. After rocking Jakarta, British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden arrived in Bali on Friday for the second leg of their Indonesian tour.
The band landed at Ngurah Rai airport on Friday afternoon in a Boeing 757 private jet. Unlike their arrival in Jakarta, they were not greeted by hundreds of cheering fans.
At their outdoor performance in Ancol, North Jakarta, on Thursday evening, part of the band’s “The Final Frontier World Tour 2011” concert series, an estimated 20,000 fans packed the venue, despite the Rp 750,000 ($85) ticket price.
While some expected most of the concert-goers to be older fans who have remained loyal to the band throughout the decades, many of the attendees were in the 20s.
“Overall, it was a great, nostalgic concert for the older generation and a very contemporary show for younger fans,” one fan told the Jakarta Globe. “Clearly, Iron Maiden has maintained its fan appeal across generation gaps.” The group has released 36 albums in its 36-year lifespan.
Ardani, the group’s promoter in Indonesia, said he was confident the Bali leg would also be a success.
“We’re optimistic that the audience will be quite large,” he said. “What’s more, Bali is home to many foreigners who are almost certainly fans of Iron Maiden.”
The heavy-metal band will perform 20 songs at Garuda Wisnu Kencana on Sunday. Tickets for the concert range from Rp 450,000 to Rp 550,000.