Dragon still have sting in tail

By Martine Rolls


Locals of all ages will be pleased to hear that Mount Maunganui is one of the stops of the Dragon 40th Anniversary Tour.

We chat to Todd Hunter, one of the original members of the Aussie-Kiwi band, best known for their hits April Song in Cuba, Are You Old Enough, and Rain.

The song Rain is one of Todd's personal favourites.

"I guess because it restarted the band in the 80s, and is a great song to play. It sort of plays itself," he said.

Dragon as a band have experienced tragedy over the last four decades with several band members having passed away, including lead singer and Todd's younger brother Marc Hunter, who died in 1998.

Dragon reunited in 2006, and the current line-up includes Todd Hunter (guitar), Mark Williams (lead vocals), Bruce Reid (guitar) and Pete Drummond (drums).

He said the band is looking forward to the Anniversary Tour in New Zealand, which opens on October 16 in Palmerston North.

They will be on stage at Brewers Field at the Mount on October 20, with special guests Hello Sailor and Hammond Gamble.

"We love to play in New Zealand, and do so as much as we can," said Todd.

"Kiwi audiences sing along very loud, and in tune.

"It's going to be great touring with Hello Sailor and Hammond Gamble.

"We toured with Hello Sailor last summer with Jim Barnes and it was so great to hear them play and to catch up with them again."

Todd, who grew up in Taumarunui, is no stranger to the Mount.

"Marc [Hunter] and I came to Mt Maunganui every summer holidays as kids as our grandparents lived in Rita St. I have many of happy memories of the Mount", he said.

When Todd was asked if he's still living the rock and roll lifestyle, he said: "Luckily I never did. That's why I'm still here now. This iteration of the band does not have partying in its charter. We come, we play, we go. That's plenty enough for us."

After the New Zealand Tour, there will be a big summer tour in Australia for Dragon.

"We'll be joining a bunch of other bands, then do our own national 40th tour in Australia, and we are planning to release a new record by Easter."

- Bay of Plenty Times

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