Jakarta, Nov 29, 2017 — Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s love of heavy metal is well known.
Visiting Denmark Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen clearly took note and added a personal touch to the usual staid gifts exchanged between heads of state during official visits.
Jokowi is now the proud owner of a special box set of Metallica’s seminal record Master of Puppets signed by the band’s legendary drummer Lars Ulrich who was born in Denmark.
Media reports said the Indonesian President broke into a broad smile when he was presented with the gift at the Bogor Palace yesterday afternoon.
“Prime Minister Rasmussen understands my favourite (music),” he was quoted as saying by The Jakarta Post.
The box set was released on November 10 as part of a reissue project celebrating the album’s 30th anniversary. It contains the original eight tracks of heavy metal classics like Disposable Heroes, The Things That Should Not Be and the title track, as well as unreleased demos, mixes and live recordings.
Jokowi’s gift to Rasmussen had a more traditional slant. He was presented with a rencong (traditional dagger from Aceh), according to the media.
Metallica isn’t the only metal band that Jokowi favors. He has previously admitted being a fan of Napalm Death, Megadeth and Lamb of God, among others.