Europeans are really into hard rock, especially way up in those Nordic countries, where the heat from fiery guitar solos help the metal-loving citizens stay warm in those long, cold winters. So it should come as no surprise that on a recent diplomatic trip to Indonesia earlier this week, Denmark’s Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen arrived in friendly spirits with the gift of an autographed box set for Metallica’s 1986 Master of Puppets LP.
As hard rock news outlet Loudwire reports, Rasmussen showed up to his meeting with Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo with Puppets in hand, which was an awfully thoughtful gesture for a man who apparently loves metal music. The box set, which was just recently reissued by thrash metal icons, was signed by their drummer and co-founding member Lars Ulrich. It should be noted that Ulrich was also recently knighted by his home country of Denmark, and awarded the Knight's Cross of the Order of Dannebrog back on May 26.
Unfortunately, the report goes on to state that Widodo may not be able to accept the gift, since their nation’s laws prohibit leaders from accepting items equivalent to over $75 in U.S. dollar value. Oh well, it’s the thought that counts and there’s always Spotify.
Speaking of European countries that rock, Metallica kicked off their huge tour across the pond back in September, and will continue to trek across the continent well into the new year until spring of 2018. For those wondering, they are indeed scheduled to perform in Denmark on March 27 in the city of Herning. There’s been no comment as to whether or not PM Rasmussen will have to give Lars back his signature, but cabinet members are optimistic.
Tickets for select shows on Metallica’s 2018 European tour are on sale now, and can be purchased by clicking here.
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