Dragon gets Taste of Port

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - ENTERTAINMENT -

LEG­ENDARY Aussie band Dragon, best known for their hit April Sun in Cuba, is the head­line act for this year’s Food Wine and a Taste of Port.

The iconic band has been rock­ing the Aus­tralian charts since form­ing 40 years ago and has in­spired the Car­ni­vale food and wine event’s theme this year - Sim­ply The ’70s.

Todd Hunter, the last orig­i­nal Dragon, said the band that cre­ated mu­si­cal hits in­clud­ing Are You Old Enough, Rain, Cel­e­bra­tion and O Zam­bezi is rel­ish­ing a new lease of life.

“Dragon is a band who you don’t know who the band is but you know all the songs be­cause you heard them on the ra­dio - we’re play­ing to a com­pletely new gen­er­a­tion of peo­ple and its great fun,” he said.

“I’ve been to Port Dou­glas for hol­i­days but this will be the first time we played there, it will be great, we are look­ing for­ward to it.”

The fa­mous band orig­i­nated from New Zealand and re­lo­cated to Australia in 1975 and was in­fa­mous in the early days for their no­to­ri­ous be­hav­iour, with sev­eral band mem­bers dy­ing of drug over­doses.

The band con­tin­ued to split and re­form with new band mem­bers and split again in 1998 when Hunter’s brother and the band’s lead singer Marc died of can­cer.

“For a long time there was no Dragon af­ter Marc died and too many I had loved had died,” Hunter said.

“I did sound­track work for six years and at the end of that time it seemed like the songs needed to be played again and I pulled these guys to­gether.

“Mark Wil­liams is the singer, he had a hit called Show No Mercy, Bruce Reid is on the gui­tar and Pete Drum­mond is the drum­mer.

“We’ve done over 400 shows since we reformed and when we get a great night and 2000 peo­ple sing all the songs on the top of their voices, Marc and Paul (Hew­son) just live on through that mu­sic.”

In 2008 Dragon were in­ducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame and with­out a man­ager con­tinue to tour and do what they do best, play hit mu­sic all gen­er­a­tions can en­joy.

The Black Sor­rows will be the star sup­port on the night and are fa­mous for songs Hold On To Me, Har­ley and Rose and Chained to the Wheel.

Lo­cal mu­si­cians Kim Hur­ley and Dale Priem will kick off the en­ter­tain­ment on the night and Food and Wine favourite Hip 2 Soul will fin­ish the night with var­i­ous cov­ers that will get you up, off your chair and danc­ing.

The Food Wine and a Taste of Port is on Satur­day May 19 from 5.30pm11pm, over­look­ing the sunset over the Dickson’s In­let at Rex Smeal Park.

Tick­ets cost $45 each or $430 for a ta­ble of 10, money will be raised for Kids In Need Do­na­tions and for more in­for­ma­tion visit www.foodand­winenq.com.au

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Dragon will head­line Food, Wine and a Taste of Port

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