Aerosmith arrives in Manila for first concert in Southeast Asia

Indonesia show cancelled over security concerns

Members of the American rock band Aerosmith have arrived in Manila for their first ever concert in Southeast Asia.

Lead vocalist Steven Tyler told journalists jostling for pictures on Monday that "I can't wait to play, I can't believe you guys."

Aerosmith is performing in Manila on Wednesday, with tickets costing up to 20,000 pesos ($480).

The band's show in Indonesia was canceled, with promoter Ismaya Live citing safety concerns. It was not clear if the decision was connected to an alleged bomb plot targeting Myanmar's embassy in Jakarta.

Aerosmith began its Asia-Pacific tour in April in New Zealand and Australia.

Earlier story:

US rock band Aerosmith has cancelled a concert scheduled this week in Jakarta on safety concerns, a concert promoter said on Sunday, following threats to bomb the Myanmar embassy in the Indonesian capital.

"We received the official confirmation yesterday (Saturday) from the Aerosmith management cancelling the May 11 concert in Jakarta over safety concerns," said Sarah Deshita, spokeswoman for co-promoter Ismaya Live.

"They gave no specific reasons for the cancellation. We are sad and disappointed over the decision. We did all we could to ensure security was tight and even engaged the marines but it's not enough," she told AFP.

She said 85% of the 15,000 tickets to the concert had been sold.

The band had apologised in the letter of cancellation, which was posted on the promoter's website.

"Aersomith have been forced to cancel concert due to safety concerns," the statement said.

"We want to apologise to all our fans who were expecting to see us and hope that one day we can make it up to them," it added.

Officials on Friday said two Indonesians have been detained over a plot to bomb the Myanmar embassy in Jakarta as radicals rallying in the city called for "jihad in Myanmar" to avenge the death of Muslims in clashes with Buddhists.

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