Dragon is a New Zealand rock band which was formed in January and relocated later Girl Named Hello - Of Montreal - False Priest Sydney, in May Dragon has endured tragedy, adversity and notoriety, and during the course of the band's earlier career, several members died from drug-related causes.
Several months later, indrummer Neil Storey died of a heroin overdose;  Paul Hewson of a drug overdose in  and Marc Hunter of smoking-related oesophageal cancer in Asia drug syndicate  obtained evidence that Dragon members were clients.
The band also undertook a famously disastrous tour of the USA, supporting Johnny Winterwhich ended when Marc Hunter abused the Texan audience as " faggots " and the band were pelted off stage, while Winter's band were said to have taken bets about how long it would Janet Helms - I Love You Baby before Hunter was shot.
The band then sent for keyboard player Paul Hewson no relation to Bonofrontman of Irish rock band U2 who had a reputation, in New Zealand, as a pop songwriter. Dragon considered disbanding after Storey's death, but Todd Hunter consulted with Nesbitt who advised him to continue and organised for Kerry Jacobson ex-Mammal to join on drums. Baker :. I didn't know it but by this point the rest of the band had left the stage. I was still singing because I could still hear the music in my head.
It took ages to clear the pile of debris on the stage — broken glass, bottles, chairs, half a table — but I was totally unaware of this, I thought I was going over really well and I'm standing there in a crucifixion pose with my arms out, really gone, with heaps of eye make-up on, looking like some sort of twisted priest.
And apparently Johnny Winter was taking bets on the side of the stage as to how long it would take before somebody shot me. Then I turned around and saw no one was on stage so I realised I wasn't going over too Telepathe - Throw Away This after all and I went back to the dressing room and everyone was just standing there I said 'We went great, weren't we terrific?
And all the record company people were Vuelvo A Granada - Miguel Ríos - Grandes Éxitos staring at me like I was an insectoid from Mars. And so that was it for us for that trip to America. In their Seventies heyday Dragon were regulars on the teen-oriented national TV pop show Countdownwhich greatly enhanced their sales and popularity, and Marc Hunter hosted the show on several occasions, but the band's darker side, and especially Marc's unpredictable stage behaviour, were often in evidence at their live performances.
Singer and actress Jane Clifton who played Margo Gaffney in Prisoner relates a time when she saw them live:. One night at Dallas Brooks Hall they had some long song about someone going down by the riverside and getting raped or something. He got some girl out of the audience, had her on her back and he was doing this whole rave to her.
He had a bottle of champagne which he proceeded to spew from his mouth all over her. I thought: I don't believe this person is letting this happen to her. Soon after returning to Sydney from the USA, Marc Hunter was sacked from Dragon in February due to his drug and alcohol use, which was seriously affecting both his vocal performances and his general health. Most of the time I wasn't drinking or anything and, from my perspective, this Fall of the Roman Empire thing was pretty wild.
I hated a lot of it. People came along April Sun In Cuba - Dragon - April Sun In Cuba they wanted to see Dragon decombust. They were enjoying it but Marc was just killing himself. We had to fire him or he'd have destroyed himself. It captured the seedy and unsettling atmosphere of the tunnel, adding extra mood to the song's words.
Todd Hunter had meanwhile teamed up with his domestic partner and later second wife Johanna Pigottformerly of indie punk group XL Capriswho later fronted the alternative rock band, Scribble.
Todd Hunter produced both their albums Where's Hank? March and Weeds Octoberand was a member of the band for the second. Dragon reformed in August to pay off outstanding debts,  not long after Kerry Jacobson left the band for health reasons.
Dragon decided to stay together when their second comeback single, " Rain ", proved to be a No. Dragon's album Body and the Beat became one of the biggest-selling albums in Australia and New Zealand;  they were restored to something close to their late s glory. Their public profile was further raised by Marc Hunter's solo album, Communication. Its title track became a moderate hit in Australia and featured a loosely cabaret-oriented video-clip filmed in Amsterdam in which Marc — resplendent in a bright red cowboy hat — was flanked by two women who also danced away under red Stetsons.
Body and the Beat yielded further successful Australasian singles, notably "Magic" and "Cry",  but the 'new' Dragon and the ascendancy of the Hunter-Piggot team also marked the rapidly declining influence of the band's former songwriting powerhouse, Paul Hewson, who only managed one co-writing credit on the album. Mansfield and New Zealand-born singer-songwriter Sharon O'Neill met on Dragon's Body and the Beat tour: they later became domestic and professional partners.
Paul Hewson left Dragon in lateand returned to New Zealand, where he died of an accidental drug overdose on 9 January He and Hewson became close friends. In Mayfour months after Hewson's death, Kelly released his breakthrough solo album Postwhich dealt extensively with themes of addiction, and which he dedicated Found A Heart - Emily Hearn - Promises Hewson's memory.
Dragon briefly split up in but the Hunter brothers and Mansfield then regrouped with guitarist Randall Waller and drummer Barton Price ex- Models for the Bondi Road album released in April on RCA it also featured Emmanuel's guitar work. They also supported Elton John for his Australian tour. Dragon continued on without Todd Hunter. Then, in NovemberMarc Hunter was diagnosed with severe oesophageal cancer and died on 17 July Andrew's Cathedral in Sydney, followed by an all-star benefit concert to raise money to support Marc's widow and child.
Dragon broke up a second time after Marc Hunter's illness had been diagnosed. During a fiery version of "April Sun in Cuba", the late Dragon singer Marc Hunter was incorporated into the chorus via a stirring performance video shown on a huge screen behind the band.
Reyne said: "I used to go and see Dragon play in the mid to late s before I even had a proper band, so it's great to be able to do this. I'm a big Dragon fan, and did tours with them when Marc was alive, and I knew him quite well. He'd think this is a blast. But we couldn't be heard above the crowd because they were singing so loud, so now we're back doing electric shows.
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