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Dragon tour celebrates Body And The Beat

From April Sun in Cuba and Are You Old Enough to Rain and Young Years, Dragon have been one of Australasia's favourite rock bands 40 years.

When the classic Dragon line-up reunited in 1982 it was with the intention of clearing debts. A hit song and the following album and tour, had them again scaling the highest reaches of the Australian charts. And now, in 2015 Dragon are taking to the road again to celebrate the 30th Anniversary the Body And The Beat​ album. They play Nelson Bay Diggers on the 14th of August and Belmont 16s on August 15.

In 1983 Dragon took to the brand 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 daunting behaviour.

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.

In an exclusive two hour show Dragon will play 2 sets. 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 & The Beat and Rain and finish the night with the crowd singing anthems like April Sun In Cuba, Celebrate, Speak No Evil and Are You Old Enough.

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 August 10, 1985 was filmed and recorded for later release as The Live One.

WHAT: Dragon
WHEN: 14th and 15th of August
WHERE: Nelson Bay Diggers & Belmont 16s
MORE INFO: Belmont 16s & Nelson Bay Diggers

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