Iconic rockers Dragon are hitting the road in 2016 to celebrate an Australian institution, Countdown.
The Countdown Years national tour will celebrate the hits of the 1970s and take the band, who recently celebrated 40 years on the Australian and New Zealand music scenes, on an extensive run around the country. Well revered for their enigmatic live shows, this is an exceptional opportunity for audiences to revel in the best music of the 1970s as Dragon take them on a journey through hit after hit.
Countdown was one of the most popular music programs in Australia’s history and 2015 marked the 40th anniversary of Dragon’s first performance on the show. With this in mind, it seemed like the perfect idea to celebrate this special moment that helped catapult the band into the everyday consciousness of music fans nationally. It was September 1975 when the band made their debut on the show with the song Star Kissed. This was the first of many performances over the next 13 years.
It is widely recognised within the band that Countdown was responsible for the rise of Dragon in the late 1970s. Late lead singer Marc Hunter was interviewed by host Molly Meldrum numerous times and the band not only appeared on the show to perform their current singles, but also some obscure tracks as well. During the early years of the show, Dragon members would dress up in ridiculous outfits and dye their hair in outrageous colours in a bid to stand out from the crowds of bands who were around on the scene at the time. They had a warm, but complicated, relationship with Molly. He liked the band’s catchy pop songs and raffish charisma, but often had a stern word for them on Humdrum after they had acted in a particularly disgraceful fashion.
Dragon will perform two sets on The Countdown Years tour. The first set will be covers of the band’s favourite Top 10 Aussie hits from the 1970s, and the second set – ‘The Dragon Countdown Files’ – will feature the band’s own songs which were performed on Countdown.
DRAGON – THE COUNTDOWN TOUR
The Gov | Sat 19 Nov
Tickets: $34.70 + Booking Fee
Doors open @ 7:30 pm
Tickets available from www.thegov.com.au | www.oztix.com.au