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Crystal Butterfly in 2003, photo by Yiren

Crystal Butterfly, Shui Jing Die 水晶蝶乐队, was formed in June 1998 with three of the four remaining members from Lunar Eclipse (月蚀乐队) (formed 1994; other prior members went on to form The Honeys 甜蜜的孩子 in 1997).

Original members singer/bass/rhythm guitar Li Pang 李乓 (aka 乓乓, real name Li Jianfeng 李剑俸), guitar Wang Wenwei 汪文伟, and drummer Chen Song 陈松. Poached Vicky’s Area’s bass Guo Shengsheng 郭生生 for about 4-6 months in 1999, but then let him go. In 1999 or 2000, they started borrowing Qiqi 琦琦 from Chan, and in 2003 he joined the band officially, although he also later joined Blue Garden. The band added another member, an expatriate name Jon, in 2006.

Signing with Beijing's record label New Bee in November 2000, their record Magical Mystery Tour is finally released in May 2005 and material for a second record called Forest of Illusions is prepared and ready to rock.

As one of the few long-time Shanghai rock bands, Crystal Butterfly are a milestone of Shanghai rock and everyone should make sure to have seen them live at least once ...

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