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Benefit for Jess – Iconic rockers Dragon come together
to raise funds for band member
Bruce Reid’s daughter’s lymphoma treatment
Thursday 22nd October 2015 | Camelot Lounge, Marrickville NSW

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DragonIconic rockers Dragon are banding together for a special cause this month at the Camelot Lounge – Benefit for Jess – will raise money for the healing fund for Jess Reid, daughter of the band’s guitarist Bruce Reid. Jess, who has been diagnosed with lymphoma, is undergoing post-chemotherapy treatment and the funds raised from the benefit will help to cover these essential costs. The concert, which will feature all the legendary songs from Dragon’s diverse history, including hits such as Rain, April Sun in Cuba and Ordinary Men to name a few, promises to be a party for fans to remember.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Dragon dominated the Australian music scene. Their live shows were unsurpassed and their notorious rock’n’roll lifestyle was well documented. Ever since then, they’ve continued to release hits, pack live music houses and earn a swag of fans throughout New Zealand and Australia. In 1977, Dragon won Best New Group and in 1978 won the Outstanding Local Achievement award for the then Australian music awards, TV Week King of Pop Awards. In July 2008, Dragon were again recognised by their adoptive country when they were inducted into the Australian ARIA Rock n Roll Hall of Fame.

The band formed in the pre-historic wilds of New Zealand, with Todd Hunter there on bass right from the start. It was named Dragon after a throw of the I Ching on New Year’s Eve in 1973. Todd’s brother Marc joined later in 1973 and the band continued touring extensively. In May 1975, they packed their bags and headed for Australia. As frontman Marc Hunter made a name for himself as one of Australia’s most enigmatic lead singers and Dragon carved themselves into the Oz music history books.

Dragon released six albums during this time – Universal Radio (1973) and Scented Gardens for the Blind (1973) in New Zealand and Sunshine (1976), Running Free (1977), O Zambezi (1977) and Power Play (1979) in Australia. Singles such as Sunshine, This Time, Still in Love, April Sun in Cuba and Are You Old Enough graced the airwaves.  Three years later in 1982 the band reformed to pay off a mountain of debt from the excesses of the 1970s. They smashed their way back onto the airwaves with Rain and the band was reborn. The 1980s were certainly the glory years for the band, they released the albums Body & the Beat, Dreams of Ordinary Men, Live One, Bondi Road and Incarnations and had hits with singles such as Magic, Cry, Speak No Evil, Young Years and Celebrate.

The band continued to set stages alight throughout the 1990s, the Dragon juggernaut only halted after the sad passing of Marc Hunter in 1998. There was no sound from Dragon for the next eight years. The band was essentially defunct. Todd Hunter was busy working on his own composing career, and aside from the odd song on radio, it seemed Dragon was now only in the history books. It was 2006 when Todd felt the urge to play again and contacted fellow Kiwi Mark Williams to see if he wanted to ‘be in a band’. Bruce Reid and Pete Drummond joined to fit the puzzle together and Dragon was reborn again.

All funds raised from the Benefit for Jess will be donated to the healing fund for Bruce Reid’s daughter Jess. Bruce and his family, and the band, extend their thanks for music fans for their support at this difficult time and for coming together for a special cause.

Thursday 22nd October 2015
Benefit for Jess
(02) 9550 3777 |

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