Dragon hitting the stage
LEGENDARY rockers Dragon come to Sawtell RSL on Friday, performing their catalogue of hits including April Sun In Cuba, Are You Old Enough, Age Of Reason, and more.
Formed in New Zealand in 1973, Dragon's original line up featured Todd Hunter, guitarist Ray Goodwin, drummer Neil Reynolds and singer Graeme Collins. By 1974 several changes had been made, with Marc Hunter joining on vocals and Neil Storey on drums.
The band was rocked by the death of drummer Neil Storey in 1976. By then, founding member Goodwin had left the group, and their first single to chart, This Time, had just begun selling. Between 1975 and 1979, Dragon scored a string of major hits on the Australian pop charts with songs including April Sun in Cuba, Are You Old Enough, and Still In Love With You with the albums Sunshine and O Zambezi, making them one of the country's most popular rock acts.
Marc Hunter left Dragon in 1979 due to health problems which were, by then, seriously affecting his performances. Singer Billy Rogers and violinist Richard Lee were recruited and the group recorded the Powerplay LP before breaking up.
Dragon briefly reformed in 1982 to pay off outstanding debts, with the band then staying together to have another shot at success. Their second comeback single, Rain, proved to be a massive hit.
The band's 1984 album Body and the Beat became one of the biggest-selling albums in Australia and New Zealand and Dragon was restored to something close to its late 70s glory.
In 1997 Marc Hunter was diagnosed with throat cancer; he died in 1998. A memorial service for him was held at St Andrews Cathedral in Sydney.
Dragon reformed in 2006 and consists of Mark Williams (vocals and guitar), Bruce Reid (guitar and vocals), Todd Hunter (bass and vocals) and Pete Drummond (drums and vocals). This Dragon line up released Sunshine to Rain and is the band that is currently touring Australia.
THE GIG: Dragon performs at the Sawtell RSL on Friday. Tickets available at the club or online via the club's website.