n a humorous collision of new technologies and old superstitions, a Chinese band recently lost out on a gig because of their “inauspicious name.”
Lost Train (丢火车) had been scheduled to play at a festival in the Henan city of Nanyang marking the opening of a new high-speed rail line (from Zhengzhou to Wanzhou). The band’s name had even appeared in promotional materials.
However, when it came time to actually sign the contract, Lost Train was turned down with government officials explaining that their name was too “inauspicious” for the event, the band complained on Weibo.
Lost Train has now replaced that post with a positive one, wishing the event success while the government has promised to invite the group to a future event.
In the end, the band has reaped far more publicity out of this mishap than they would have from actually playing the show. Perhaps they’ll also get a few foreign fans out of the ordeal. Here’s a nice tune: