APRIL & MAY 2015
Iconic rockers Dragon are celebrating another milestone in 2015 with the 30th anniversary of their accliamed Body and The Beat album. To pay homage to this classic release, the band is hitting the road for a string of party tour dates that will see them not only play all their biggest hits, but also the album in its entireity. This is a rare chance for music fans to celebrate one of the most popular albums of the 1980s performed by one of the most revered bands.
When the classic Dragon line-up of Marc and Todd Hunter, Robert Taylor, Paul Hewson and Kerry Jacobson reunited in 1982, it was with the intention of clearing debts from the decade before. But a hit song with lyrics that grew from a children’s nursery rhyme, and the following album and tour, had them again scaling the highest reaches of the Australian charts.
In the early 80s Dragon took to the new Rhinoceros Studios in East Sydney and turned out a bunch of tracks too good to be ignored. Michael Crawley, the A&R man for Polygram Records, heard the band playing Rain from the corridor of the studio and famously stormed into the control room doors shouting "What's that song, I've got to have it" followed closely by "What band are you?" Luckily Crawley, a recent import from the UK, was not familiar with Dragon's wild ways and reputation!
The resulting album was Body And The Beat, a platinum selling record that dominated the charts in Australia in the mid-1980s. This was the album that kicked of Dragon's “Glory Years” and it was Paul Hewson, Kerry Jacobson and Robert Taylor's final recorded outing with the band after many productive and epic years.
When the album was released in the band toured Australia on the Body and The Beat Tour. They leased two planes to get around and the tour barnstormed through Adelaide, Tasmania, Melbourne, Sydney, provincial New South Wales, the Gold Coast, Cairns and Brisbane, virtually selling out everywhere. Their final show of the tour sold out the Sydney Entertainment Centre on 10th August 1985 and was filmed and recorded for later release as The Live One.
Fast forward three decades and Dragon now consists of founding member Todd Hunter (bass), fellow Kiwi Mark Williams (lead vocals / acoustic guitar), Bruce Reid (electric guitar) and Pete Drummond (drums). The four-piece have been touring solidly over the past few years, playing to packed houses and garnering new fans along the way.
Todd says the band is already enjoying preparing for the 30th anniversary tour. “It’s great fun to play these songs again,” he says. “We don’t play them in our current set because there just isn’t time, so it will be great to give these songs a run for a change. We’ve been working on replicating the original parts and harmonies so there will be a lot to recognise. There is amazing affection for the songs off this album and it’s very enjoyable to celebrate a very specific point in the band’s development. There must be something timeless about a number of these songs because whenever we play people of much later generations are down the front singing all the words! It just doesn’t get better than that!”
In the exclusive two hour show Dragon will play two-sets jam-packed with hits. The band will play the entire Body And The Beat album in the first set and Dragon’s “top ten hits” as voted by the Dragon Facebook fans on in the second set.
This is a show not to be missed as Dragon storm their way through the hits from the record like Wilder World, Cry, Magic, Body and The Beat, Rain and finish the night with the crowd singing anthems like April Sun In Cuba, Celebrate, Speak No Evil and Are You Old Enough.
To mark the 30th anniversary Dragon will release Body And The Beat Live. This album will exclusively available at the shows and from iTunes.
DRAGON CELEBRATE 30 YEARS OF BODY & THE BEAT
Thursday 2nd April 2015
Saturday 18th April 2015
Friday 24th April 2015
Friday 1st May 2015
Saturday 2nd May 2015
Saturday 16th May 2015
Friday 22nd May 2015
Saturday 23rd May 2015
For more information, please visit www.dragononline.com.au