Diplomacy, Metal-Style

Metal has seeped into every corner of human culture, including to the very top of the political food chain. Our Prime Minister has been known to indulge. Prince Harry is a huge metalhead. And so is Joko Widodo, the president of Indonesia.

When Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen paid a state visit to Jakarta recently, he brought a gift: the new Metallica Master of Puppets box set. President Widodo was most pleased.

Metallica was pretty chuffed, too.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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