Video shows Indonesian tsunami sweeping away rock band in mid-set. Three members, their road manager, and a roadie is dead.

Just after 9:30 pm local time, a tsunami created by the eruption of the Krakatoa volcano (also spelled Krakatau) hit the west coast of the Indonesian island of Java. The volcano is in the Sunda Strait been the Java and the neighbouring island of Sumatra. This is about 150 km west of the capital of Jakarta.

The double wave hit without warning and was probably the result of underwater landslides following the eruption.

It was a local holiday, and locals and tourists alike were at the beach, including a resort called Tanjung Lesung.

A rock band called Seventeen was in the middle of a set when the water crashed in from the back of the stage. Social media video shows members of the band and the crew suddenly being swept away along with fans who were dancing at the front of the stage.

Bani, Seventeen’s bass player, guitarist Herman, drummer Andi, and their road manager Oki have been confirmed dead. A member of the road crew named Ugi has also been confirmed dead. Singer Riefian Fajarsyah’s wife, Dylan, remains missing.

Seventeen has been together since 1999 and has released six albums. Their most recent, Pantang Mundur, came out in 2016. It was sold through Indonesia locations of KFC, which has emerged as a major retailer of CDs. The head of KFC’s music curation division is U2 producer, Steve Lillywhite.

Krakatoa continues to erupt, sending ash 15 km into the sky. At last report, 222 people are dead and nearly a thousand have been injured.

And yes, this the volcano depicted in the 1969 historically-flawed disaster film, Krakatoa, East of Java.  The volcano is actually west of Java, not east.

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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