Dragon gets Taste of Port
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
April Sun in Cuba:
Dragon will headline Food, Wine and a Taste of Port