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Legendary band Dragon are returning to Vertigo Cocktail Bar and Lounge for two special nights and if their previous shows are anything to go by, the shows will be massive. As a New Zealand export claimed by Australians as their own, Dragon have a raft of hits that make every concert an unforgettable experience. With more than 40 years in the music industry, it’s evident that Dragon just keep getting better. Their forthcoming show is guaranteed to be jam packed with hits such as Rain, April Sun in Cuba and Ordinary Men to name a few.
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.
The band have already released several albums under this guise, including Sunshine to Rain (2006), Remembers (2007), Live 2008 (2008), Happy I Am (2009), Heart of Gold (2010) and The Great Divide (2011), The Dragon Years (2013) and the most recent Dragon Trilogy (2014).
Dragon performs at Vertigo Cocktail Bar & Lounge in The Reef Hotel Casino on Friday 16 & Saturday 17 October 2015 with opening acts from 8.30pm. plus Nikki Doll & Dr Elephant keep the party going on Friday 16th and The Tall Poppies on Saturday 17th. *** These are free shows at Vertigo