March 26, 2009

N.E.R.D. faces lawsuit for canceled gig

Java Festival Production concert promoters in Indonesia are threatening to sue the U.S. hip-hop act N.E.R.D. for canceling a Jakarta gig.

Antara News said N.E.R.D. was a no-show Sunday night after members were questioned by police following a concert in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and accused of performing without official permission. The group reportedly feared the same would happen if they went to Indonesia, so they canceled their show just hours before they were to take the stage.

We are going to file a lawsuit against N.E.R.D.'s management for their unilateral decision to cancel, Antara quoted Java Festival Production spokesman Rezanda Tamaputra as saying. They have to pay all the costs we incurred over this cancellation.

N.E.R.D. canceled their show in Jakarta because the band members were afraid to come to Indonesia because of the bad experience they had in Malaysia, Java Festival said in a statement. N.E.R.D. were very depressed about being threatened with detention for up to two weeks. This has never happened before in the music industry ... Shortly after the (Kuala Lumpur) show finished all the band's passports were confiscated. This is a very bad precedent.