Second Hand Rose
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Second Hand Rose (二手玫瑰) is a Chinese rock band from Beijing, China. The band is known for it's bold combination of traditional Chinese instruments with solid rock& roll fundamentals. The influence of traditional Chinese folk music can be clearly felt in the singing of lead singer Liang Long and the usage of traditional Chinese instruments in both their recordings and live performances. Their debut album, the self-titled Second Hand Rose Band, was released in 2004 to critical acclaim in China's bigger cities. The album also received rave reviews on specialist music websites in the U.S.
The group was formed in August 2000. Before the release of their second album the band were known as "Second Hand Rose Band", but the word "band" was dropped with the release of their second album and they are now merely known as "Second Hand Rose". Over the years, the line-up of the band has changed frequently. Lead singer Liang Long and Chinese traditional instrument player Wu Zekun are the only two band members who are with the band since it was formed. Other band members seem to come and go, although guitar player Yao Lan has been with the band for several years by now.
Liang long has all the characteristics of a northeast Chinese man. He is tall, broad and straightforward. The only difference is that he has the habit of dressing up like a woman on stage. Nowadays he seemed to have dropped this way of dressing, and often wears more conventional clothes during performances. The fact that he shaved off his long hair also takes away most of his former drag-act. Nonetheless, his long hails from the Heilongjiang province in northeast China, his stage antics and flamboyant look have earned the band controversy in their native China.
In 2002, Second Hand Rose became the only foreign band to be invited to play at the Swiss Snow Mountain Music Festival, an annual event attracting some of Switzerland's established musical names. They were also one of the few Chinese rock bands invited to perform in Shanghai at the 2003 China-Japan Pop Music Exchange Concerts, an event organized by Japan's public broadcaster NHK. In the same year they performed at the Midi Festival in Beijing as well. When the Amsterdam China Festival was held in the Netherlands in 2004, Second Hand Rose was also one of the bands invited.
The band (Liang Long with a new line-up) released their second album in late 2006. The album, titled Yu Le Jiang Hu (娱乐江湖), contains ten new studio recordings that have been well received by the specialist and online press in Mainland China. The music video to the first single, 狼心狗肺, was also included on the release. The band is often performing in Beijing, but tours to other Chinese cities to perform as well. Although they are one of China's most popular rock bands, they remain an alternative act with a non-mainstream following.
May 1st-4th, 2006, they performed during the Midi Music Festival 2006.
A song of theirs was featured in the So Rock! Magazine (no. 89) in August 2009.
January 2nd, 2010, they gave a performance at the Star Live, packing the hall with over 1400 fans. According to Beijing Daze: It was fantastic! The band played two full sets with completely different outfits each. The first one involved more straight up singing and just a bit of chitchat with the audience. During their little break, famous avant-guard folkster Long Linna 龚琳娜 came out for a few songs that were fascinating (note to self, look up more of her stuff). There were giveaways, comedy, crosstalk and the works to keep the audience busy while Lian Gong and his crew readied themselves for a second set. They came out again to a gigantic cheer and proceeded to basically rock the shit out of that place!
Modern Sky Festival 2009 - 2009, October
Beijing beer and rock festival 2006 - October 2006
Midi Music Festival 2006, May 2006
Midi Music Festival 2003, October 2003
- Second Hand Rose Band - 2004
- Second Hand Rose - 大国文化 (Single) - 2005
- Second Hand Rose - Entertainment Industry Jianghu 娱乐江湖 (CD + VCD) - 2006
- Second Hand Rose - Lovers 情儿 (Single) - 2009
- Second Hand Rose - Everyone Has A Vocal Heart 人人有颗主唱的心 - 2010
Beijing Band 2001 (VA) - 2003
Appearances in Podcasts
- Dragonradio no. 048 with their song "Because"
Articles & Interviews
- ↑ Beijing Daze (2011-01-06). "Second Hand Rose: Still Prime Quality After 10 Years". Retrieved on 2011-01-08.