Rock steady

According to Roger Yang Pei-an, there is no secret formula to stardom and success.

The Taiwanese rocker, whose distinctive robust tenor voice has earned him the nickname "Iron Lung Prince", is the epitome of perseverance.

The 40-year-old, who cited Queen's late frontman Freddie Mercury as his rock vocalist hero, toiled for years on Taiwan's rowdy pub circuit.

He finally hit the big time four years ago, at the age of 36 - an anomaly in the youth-focused Mandopop industry - when a major record label decided to sign him on as its artiste.

Yang, who's in town to promote his latest album Those Years, a collection of English classic rock covers, sits down with LOUD to share his bittersweet rock 'n' roll story...

What made you decide to do Those Years? You covered some really good old stuff by Poison, Deep Purple, U2 and Metallica!

I was 17 and in the second grade of junior college when I was first introduced to Western rock music by my senior, Dick Cowboy (one of Taiwan's rock pioneers).

From that point on, my life changed. I joined a band, started jamming actively and subsequently, performed in pubs for 12 to 13 years.

Doing this album is my way of recollecting the memories of those early years when my passion for rock music was ignited. I'm 40 already, I want to be able to sing all these songs when I still can! (Chuckles)

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