As one of our much loved Aussie acts, Dragon has been a force on its own. With over 30 members over the course of 40 plus years who came, left their mark and moved on, the band has never been less loved. They have just crossed their 500th show in June 2013 and show no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
Some would say that it’s never the same since Marc Hunter passed away and I couldn’t agree any less. Mark was an amazing performer with a great voice and the band gave us a lot of hits during his time, which have become part of the Australasian psyche. The band and their loyal fans always have a special place in their hearts for Marc. This is what death does to stars. They get immortalised.
But the band has moved on and continues to be an amazing musical powerhouse with their current line up featuring Mark Williams (vocals, guitar, keyboard), Todd Hunter (bass), Bruce Reid (lead guitar) and one of the best drummers around, Pete Drummond (drums).
The band has just kicked off their 30-date Trilogy Tour from March till mid June 2014. The highlight of this tour is that the band would cover all their eras since they formed in 1973. Those eras were Phoenix Years (2006 – current), Glory Years (1982 – 98) and Young Years (1973 – 79).
I had the privilege to watch & photograph their recent Dragon Trilogy Concert at The Bridge Hotel on 7 March. They started the gig from Phoenix Years and finished with Young Years. It was an amazing experience to be thrown back slowly to the past and the whole journey was beautiful. Their talent, experience, professionalism was equally matched by their simplicity and down-to-earth attitude. Pure class.
My special moment came right before they started the gig. I was lucky to be the only person to get in the hall while they were finalising their sound. While I was setting up my photo gear and taking a few shots to get the right exposure, Todd Hunter hinted that I could actually come up onto the stage and take photos. Simply Gold! I went onto the stage and took a few shots and not wanting to distract anyone during the final moments before the gig, I hurried off the stage. Thanks a million Todd. Another special moment came when during the performance Mark looked and posed for the camera. Click click !
The gig was simply mind blowing (that and Pete’s superb drum solo – another highlight of the night) where everyone sang, the audience waved and sang with the band and enjoyed. It was a really memorable evening that I highly recommend. For new and old fans alike, this is one unmissable event.
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Review and photography by Prajwol Bhattarai - Silver Fox Studios