Linkin Park Gets OK For Malaysia Gig
Linkin Park has received the government's permission to perform next month in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- but the hard rock band won't be allowed to scream, jump around or wear shorts onstage.Linkin Park has received the government's permission to perform next month in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- but the hard rock band won't be allowed to scream, jump around or wear shorts onstage. The Ministry of Culture and Arts said it has approved plans for the band to play Oct. 15 at a 50,000-seat stadium in the conservative, predominantly Muslim Southeast Asian country.
"The government believes the performance will provide an alternative type of entertainment in Malaysia," the ministry said, while warning that the rock stars must abide by a strict code of "artist performance ethics."
"Male artists must cover their bodies from the chest to knee level," the statement said. "The artist must not display rough, raunchy actions that conflict with pure values, such as leaping around, screaming or throwing something from the stage to the audience,"
The code also prohibits sexually provocative gestures or speech, and clothing or body accessories that can be considered "obscene, linked to drugs or related to negative elements." The show is part of a three-week tour that will also visit Australia, Japan and South Korea.
Western entertainers are popular in Malaysia, but they often bypass this country of 25 million people in their Asian tours for more lucrative stops with larger audiences, such as Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan.
In 1996, officials in the central Malaysian state of Selangor refused to grant a concert permit to Michael Jackson, fearing his hip gyrations and pelvic thrusts would prove a bad influence. The show eventually went ahead in Kuala Lumpur.
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