Dragon 'Countdown: 80s UK Chartbusters' Australian Tour 2018 @ Central Hotel Shellharbour

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After two massive tours traversing Australia to celebrate the revered music institution that is Countdown, Dragon are taking the concept back out on the road again by popular demand for a third series, this time celebrating 80s UK Chartbusters! What started as The Countdown Years, paying homage to the television show in 2016, grew into the ‘Aussie edition’ in 2017, and saw Dragon play more than 50 Countdown-inspired shows over the past two years.

The 80s UK Chartbusters takes some of Dragon’s favourite songs – by the bands they respect the most – for a massive party jam-packed of hits! For bassist Todd Hunter, it has been an exciting undertaking pulling the tour setlist together. “We just love those songs and those bands,” he says. “It is great to turn the Countdown spotlight on a specific time and country of origin. Having a perimeter like ‘only songs from the UK in the 80s’ gives the band a filter which to distil the essence of the songs from that era. The UK music scene was very vibrant in the 80s and there was a changing of the guard from bands and artists that were around in the 70s, to people who emerged in the UK in the 80s.

We have tried to keep that in mind with our song choices.” 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 setlist for the tour.

Picking the tracks was a tough process, but something that the entire band was part of. “We each had a list of songs for consideration,” says Todd. “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?”

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2019

Old Mount Gambier Gaol 06 April, Bella Vista Farm 30 March, Mackay Park 23 March

2018
2017

Leadbelly Newtown 16 December, The Foreshore 05 November, 05 November, Hamilton Hotel 06 October, The Oaks Hotel 03 June, Stones Corner Hotel 20 May, Lizotte's Restaurant 09 June, Bendigo Jockey Club 22 April, Memo Music Hall 18 March, Memo Music Hall 17 March, Old Mount Gambier Gaol 11 February, The Basement 06 April, Shoalhaven Heads Bowling Club 28 January, Harrigan's Drift Inn 01 April

2016

Robertson Country Inn 11 August, Brass Monkey 16 December, Toongabbie Sports and Bowling Club 09 December, Brass Monkey 03 December, The Gov 19 November, Shoalhaven Heads 22 October, Ipswich Civic Centre 28 October, Club Central Menai 21 October, Riverstone Schofields Memorial Club 29 October, Ettamogah Hotel 24 September, ICC Sydney 23 December, Robertson Country Inn 11 August, The Basement 15 July, Lizotte's Restaurant 08 July, The Oaks Hotel 25 June, Milton Theatre 24 June, North Sydney Leagues Club 21 May, The Juniors Kingsford 18 March, Brass Monkey 09 July, Cronulla Beach 26 January, Shoalhaven Basin Country Club 15 January, Towradgi Beach Hotel 16 January

2015