September 12th, 2012


Legendary Rock guitarist Shin Joong Hyun to take stage in U.S.

South Korean rock guitarist Shin Joong-hyun will perform his hit songs for a U.S. audience at a record label’s anniversary concert in Los Angeles at the end of September.

“Shin has been invited to perform at a concert that celebrates the 10th anniversary of the record company Light in the Attic,” said a marketing official of Guitarnet, a Korean guitar importer and distributor, which is handling Shin’s concert in the U.S. in collaboration with the record company.

U.S. label Light in the Attic released a collection of Shin’s 14 hit songs “Beautiful Rivers And Mountains: The Psychedelic Rock Sound Of South Korea’s Shin Joong Hyun 1958-74” last year in the U.S.

“The concert means a lot because Shin is playing at the overwhelming request of his fans in the U.S. His album became really popular among U.S. rock fans,” she added.

Shin will perform at one of the two main stages for about 50 minutes on Sept. 28 at El Rey Theater in Los Angeles.

The tickets sold out before the agency started to promote the concert to Korean-American residents, who usually make up the majority of the audience at Korean singers’ concerts in the U.S., the official said.

Shin played in the U.S. for Korean-American residents several times during the 1980s and 90s, but this is his first concert organized by the record company, according to the official.

Widely known as the “Godfather of Korean rock,” Shin started his career in the mid-1950s performing for U.S. troops stationed in Korea. He has developed popular success with several hit songs such as “Mee-in” and “Spring Rain.”

Sourse: Korea Herald

Rock band Gate Flowers looks beyond Korea

Up-and-coming band from KBS show ‘Top Band’ plans to perform in Japan, U.S.

Rock band Gate Flowers, who finished in the No. 4 spot in the first season of the survival show “Top Band” on KBS, did not get a winning trophy, but they gained something bigger ― fans, the courage to carry on with their music career and their mentor Shin Dae-chul, a prominent figure in the country’s rock scene and the son of legendary guitarist Shin Joong-hyun.

It was the four-member band’s honest but rough rock ‘n’ roll sound that instantly wowed the viewers. Led by the group’s vocalist Park Keun-hong, who is said to have been influenced by Seattle grunge and progressive metal rock, the band invited the audience to the most destructive but innovative and energetic world of rock music. Show after a show, the band got the audience excited, particularly those in their late 20s and 30s who had to suppress their musical desires in order to make a living and attend university.

“We were lucky to get such attention from all over the country. We never realized that there were so many people who love the classical rock sound,” Yeom Seung-shik, the band’s guitarist, said in an interview with The Korea Herald on Monday.

Right after the show ended, the band’s online community members surged more than 20 times. Hundreds of people began to come to their concerts in Hongdae where they used to get only 20-30. The love from fans encouraged the four men to solely pursue their music career: Vocalist Park, 35, left the publishing company where he had worked for the last seven years; Yeom, 31, stopped teaching English in schools; and drummer Yang Jong-eun quit his part time children’s book illustration job.

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Sourse: Korea Herald