INTERVIEW: Todd Hunter from Dragon talks to Newcastle Live

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 of Marc and Todd Hunter, Robert Taylor, Paul Hewson and Kerry Jacobson reunited in 1982 it was with the intention of clearing debts from the decade before. But a hit song had them again scaling the highest reaches of the Australian charts. The band play Nelson Bay Diggers this Friday (Aug 14) and Belmont 16’s on Saturday (Aug 15). We spoke to Todd Hunter from the band ahead of their arrival.

You can hear our interview below.

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.

And now, in 2015 Dragon are taking to the road to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of that iconic release.

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.


WHO: Dragon
WHAT: Body And The Beat​ anniversary tour
WHEN & WHERE: Nelson Bay Diggers – Aug 14 and Belmont 16’s – Aug 15

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