Dragon touring chartoppers to Shoal Bay Country Club

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: Todd Hunter, Mark Williams, Bruce Reid and Pete Drummond from Dragon will tour the 80s UK Chartbusters show to Shoal Bay in October.
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: Todd Hunter, Mark Williams, Bruce Reid and Pete Drummond from Dragon will tour the 80s UK Chartbusters show to Shoal Bay in October.

​After two Australian tours to celebrate the revered music institution that is Countdown, Dragon are taking the concept back out on the road again but this time to celebrate 80s UK chartbusters.

People are going to sing their hearts out.

Dragon bassist Todd Hunter

Dragon have played more than 50 Countdown-inspired shows over the past two years but this tour, which will land in Shoal Bay on October, will see the band perform some of their biggest hits and favourite songs of the 80s.

Classic hits from bands like Queen, Tears for Fears, The Police, Madness and Duran Duran are just some of those that have made it onto the set list for the tour. 

“We each had a list of songs for consideration,” Dragon bassist and original member Todd Hunter said.

“If anyone disliked a song, we disregarded it.

“The second test was, ‘can we find the heart of the song, and bring something to it of our own, so as not to be a cover?’ 

“And apart from every other consideration, is the song fun to play and are people going to sing their hearts out?”

Of course, in any Dragon show, no set list would be complete without the band’s own chart-toppers.

The audience can expect smash hits such as April Sun in Cuba, Rain, Young Years, Still in Love, Dreams of Ordinary Men and Are You Old Enough.

Hunter, Mark Williams (vocals, guitar), Bruce Reid (guitar) and Pete Drummond (drums, vocals, keyboards) will tour the Countdown – 80s UK Chartbusters show to Shoal Bay Country Club on Saturday, October 20.

Tickets, from tickets.oztix.com.au, cost $34 per person. The show will begin at 6.30pm.

The Examiner has three double passes (two tickets per pass) to give away to the show.

To win a pass send your name and daytime contact number in an email titled “Dragon” to portstephens@fairfaxmedia.com.au.

The winners will be contacted by noon on Friday, October 19.

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