Cui returns unplugged

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 27 May, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 27 May, 2006, 12:00am

Veteran mainland rocker Cui Jian thrilled 400 fans at Tsim Sha Tsui's Hard Rock Cafe this week.

The musician, who is famous for critical songs, including I Have Nothing, played numbers from his new album, Show You Colour.

The 44-year-old's performance received an overwhelming response from fans who have waited 11 years to see him play live in the city.

His unplugged set went down a treat. 'It's something we've never tried before. It's a new performance approach for us. We use acoustic instruments to play rock music,' says Cui, who is regarded as the godfather of mainland rock.

During the gig, the rocker said he hoped Hong Kong could return to its glory days of a couple of decades ago when it was the home of good rock.

'There is no rock label and few rock bands now [in Hong Kong], unlike 20 years ago. I hope Hong Kong can work hard and support rock music from now on. Let rock develop in Hong Kong,' he says. 'If no one comes to rock shows, I'll bring a flock of mainlanders here.'