Review, Photos & Video: MARC HUNTER 15th Anniversary Tribute Night 17 July 2013

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Marc Hunter Tribute Night 17 July 2013 The Esplanade Hotel St Kilda

 

Marcus Alexander Hunter, better known as Marc Hunter, frontman of Dragon passed away on 17 July 1998 and the night marked the fifteenth anniversary of his passing.

 

Friends gathered to remember Hunter and reminisce over the songs he belted out over all those years.

 

Whilst some of the Dragon songs were written by others, they were remembered for Marc’s distinctive voice and carefree moves.

 

Arranged by Alex Formosa Baudo, there was a veritable line up which included Ric Formosa, Brian Mannix, Mick Pealing, John Swan, a surprise appearance by Ian Moss, all paying tribute to Marc, as well as Dale Ryder from Boom Crash Opera.

 

The song list was a familiar one with all of the Dragon hits but also included solo hit Big City Talk and some songs from his solo work with  ABC TV.

 

Alex got the night to a great start with O Zambesi and it was then 100 minutes of non-stop hits such as Get That Jive, Still in Love with You and Speak No Evil sung by Mick Pealing from The Stars fame.

 

Next was Brian Mannix from Uncanny X-men with Rock N Roll is a Losers Game and This Time.

 

John Swan had the pleasure of singing Are you Old Enough, Young Years and Rain and suitably played up for the cameras, entertaining one and  all.

 

Surprise guest was Ian Moss who performed Cry me a River and Sunshine; with Dale Ryder of Boom Crash Opera last up with Dreams of Ordinary Men and April Sun in Cuba.

 

The encore was an all in effort with an extended version of Celebration which was one of Dragon’s biggest hits from 1987, despite being a cover version.

 

Such was the upbeat mood of the night that the packed Gershwin Room was close to full, with not a body leaving as we were all entranced with the songs performed, each of us singing along with our favourites - and there were many!  It was a good feeling to be part of such a great evening, honouring a special person whose music has meant so much to many.

 

Whilst Marc may be gone, his memory forever lives on through his music.  Rest in peace Marc Hunter, we will never forget you.

 

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Paul Bartle

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