N.E.R.D. were due to play in the Indonesian capital on Sunday but called off the gig at the last minute over fears of similar trouble with Indonesian police, local promoters Java Festival Production said in a statement.
The trio was "depressed" by their treatment in Malaysia, where they were questioned by authorities after a performance in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.
Malaysia's Bernama news agency reported yesterday that immigration department officials took statements from the group as they had not received official permission to perform there.
"We are going to file a lawsuit against N.E.R.D.'s management for their unilateral decision to cancel," Java Festival Production spokesman Rezanda Tamaputra said. He said the band only notified his office about the cancellation a few hours before they were due to go on stage on Sunday evening. "They have to pay all the costs we incurred over this cancellation," Mr Tamaputra said.
"N.E.R.D. cancelled 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 show finished all the band's passports were confiscated. This is a very bad precedent."
See what I mean about dopes?
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