Beijing Rockers Second Hand Rose to Play NYC, DC, Philly, Boston

Beijing Rockers Second Hand Rose to Play NYC, DC, Philly, Boston

Today, Beijing band Second Hand Rose announces their Useless Rock tour of the East Coast with stops in New York, Boston, Washington DC, and Philadelphia. The tour will kick off following their performance at the Modern Sky Festival being held on October 4-5 in Rumsey field in NYC's Central Park.

Useless Rock Tour 2014

  • Tuesday, October 7 at Cafe 939, Boston, MA
  • Wednesday, October 8 Useless Rock Press Conference, 310 E. 44th Street, New York, NY
  • Thursday, October 9 "Useless Rock and Chinese Communist Party Sponsorship" lecture at the China Institute, New York, NY
  • Friday, October 10 at Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC
  • Sunday, October 12 Fashion launch hosted by Hip Hop USA, venue TBA, New York, NY
  • Wednesday, October 15 at Hard Rock Cafe, Philadelphia, PA
  • Sunday, October 19 at Webster Hall, New York, NY

To fund their travels, the band set up a crowdfunding campaign through PledgeMusic ( Fans can pre-purchase tickets to any of the club shows or pick up items from the band's clothing line, Red & Green. The patterns are designed by Liang Long and based the classic floral prints of northeastern China, instantly recognizable throughout the country for the red-and-green color combinations that are considered overly garish in traditional Chinese painting. Additional clothing created in collaboration with Hip Hop USA and featuring Second Hand Rose's signature motifs will be unveiled at an event on October 12.

Back in 2000, singer Liang Long and suona (a wind instrument) player Wu Zekun burst onto Beijing's underground music scene with a performance style that's part cabaret, part Chinese theater, and part rock 'n' roll dance party. The band eventually filled out to a six-piece and set itself apart from its peers with live shows that have something in common with the tongue-in-cheek provocation of bands like the New York Dolls and the Japanese style of Visual Kei: Liang is known to perform in partial drag, at times a nod to the Shanghai glamour girls of the 1930s or taking on the aspect of a People's Liberation Army general in lipstick, while guitarist Yao Lan regularly strips down to his underwear before taking the stage.