Music Legend Iwan Fals to Stage a Comeback

Jakarta. Iwan Fals, a legendary figure in the Indonesian music scene, will stage a comeback with a grand solo concert, "Untukmu Indonesia," or "For You, Indonesia," at Istora Senayan, South Jakarta, on Nov. 21.

Produced by Simo Music Entertainment, the concert will be different from Iwan's usual gigs, which are usually held for free in open spaces.

Tickets to the upcoming event come in three categories: Silver, which is sold at Rp 400,000 ($29.11); Gold at Rp 750,000; and Platinum, which is available for Rp 1 million a piece.

"This is something that I've been dreaming of since I was living in Condet [a neighborhood in East Jakarta] in 1984. I've always wanted to stage a concert with tickets that cost Rp 1 million," Iwan said during a press conference last week, as quoted by Antara news agency.

The concert will see the musician perform 25 songs that are mainly characterized by political, social, love and environmental themes. Music arrangements will be conducted by composer Iwang Noorsaid.

"These songs will highlight Iwan Fals's lyrics and energy that are divided into several themes. There will also be new songs that have never been performed," Iwang said.

"As for the musical concept, we are trying something new through the collaboration of three drummers, acoustic sets and further [musical] exploration with participating musicians."

Scores of musicians will be featured in the concert, including Iwa K., Neo, Rere, Edy Kemput, Inang Noorsaid, Irvan Firaldo, Ome and The People, Yandi and DJ Aldi.

"Neo and Iwa K. will sing Iwan's songs. They will infuse his ballads, country and pop rock tunes with rap," Iwang added.

Iwan is hopeful this concert will provide a positive energy for the Indonesian people, especially amid current socio-political conditions.

"As an Indonesian... I want Indonesia to be better, have more energy and become more powerful," the singer remarked.

Organizers are targeting to attract some 8,000 concert goers. An outdoor jumbotron will also be placed outside the Gelora Bung Karno sports complex for fans who can't afford to purchase tickets for the show.

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