Indonesian president Joko Widodo is a well-known metalhead.
In 2014, metalheads around the world celebrated the election of Jokowi, after one of their own ended up occupying the highest office in the world's third-largest democracy.
Metallica box set gift
During a bilateral meeting at the Bogor Palace on Nov. 28, visiting Denmark Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen presented a box-set of Metallica's seminal record Master of Puppets to Jokowi.
Indonesia’s president @jokowi seemed eager to dig into his diplomatic gift from Denmark: A #MasterOfPuppets box signed by #heavymetal fans’ all-time favorit drummer @larsulrich @metallica pic.twitter.com/Epcq2paywh— Lars Løkke Rasmussen (@larsloekke) November 28, 2017
The gift surprised Jokowi, who considered it an unusual souvenir.
In return, Jokowi gave Rasmussen a rencong (traditional dagger from Aceh).
The box set is part of a reissue project celebrating the album's 30th anniversary, and only became available on Nov. 10.
One of the volumes given to Jokowi bears the signature of Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, who was born in Denmark and moved to Los Angeles at the age of 16.
The noted Dane Ulrich himself said he personally signed the box set:
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This is way cool… I signed an MOP box set for Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen to give to Indonesian President Joko Widodo who is well known as a huge fan of rock music and came to see us in Jakarta in ‘13… music really does connect people!!! 🇩🇰🇮🇩 @larsloekke @jokowi #masterofpuppets
Master of Puppets itself was recorded in Copenhagen between September and December 1985, two years after Metallica made their mark in the metal scene with their debut album Kill 'Em All.
In a quote to The Jakarata Post, Jokowi seemed quite pleased:
"Prime Minister Rasmussen understands my favorite [music],” Jokowi said with a wide smile as he received two volumes of the box set, which 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.