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Live At Your Local presents

Dragon

April Sun In Cuba 40th Anniversary Concert

Friday 27 October 2017 (opening 8.30pm)

at Gateway Hotel ( venue info )
218-230 Princes Hwy, Corio VIC
www.thegatewayhotel.com.au

**18+**

Reserve Tickets

Price includes booking fees

18+ $34.70


DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND DRAGON ANNOUNCE ANOTHER TWO SPECIAL SHOW DATES TO
CELEBRATE THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE CLASSIC HIT APRIL SUN IN CUBA.

When it comes to iconic songs, there are few as anthemic and recognisable
as April Sun in Cuba. A chart-topper, it peaked at #2 in 1977 and stayed on
the charts for a massive 22 weeks, acting as the first monster hit for
legendary band Dragon and endearing them to Australian audiences.

To celebrate the song’s auspicious anniversary, the band have announced an
extra two special night's to party in style. “A song that is part of the
soundtrack of everyone’s life needs a birthday party on turning 40,” says
bassist Todd Hunter. “As everyone knows, life begins at 40, so who knows
what is in store for April Sun in Cuba.

We had no idea when we recorded the song that it was a hit, or that we would be celebrating its longevity 40 years later! These shows are a celebration of a song that will live on long after we are gone.” Since the track first smashed onto the airwaves, the public’s affection for the party anthem hasn’t wavered. Whether it is listening to it with a feeling of nostalgia or a new generation discovering the song for the first time, there is something about April Sun in Cuba that resonates with music lovers.

It is a favourite for audiences at every Dragon show, and the chorus of voices joining in always ensures that performing the track even four decades after its release is a special moment for the band. “It’s timeless,” says Todd. “April Sun in Cuba wasn’t anchored in the 70s, it is somehow laconic, Australian but looking out. The song has a life of its own and has moved out in the public domain, everyone knows it and can sing along. Its anthemic, its loose, it’s in the groove.” April Sun in Cuba was penned by the late Dragon keys and songwriting genius Paul Hewson, who penned the track using Harvey James’ from Sherbet’s guitar on the back porch of their share house in Paddington.

Marc Hunter later added some lyrics and melody to create the iconic sound we know today. “We recorded April Sun in Melbourne in early 1977,” says Todd. “The band had had a bad car accident that was a very close call for Robert Taylor and Paul Hewson. When we were recording the back track, I distinctly remember looking around the studio and thinking we were a bunch of bedraggled, bandaged and neck-braced casualties recording this bright and shiny pop song I think that more of less sums up the 70s for us.”

This is an 18+ event.

* Over 18's only unless advertised otherwise. * Photo ID is essential,­ acceptable ID is a current and valid Australian Photo Drivers Licence or Passport. Please check with the venue for any other acceptable forms of photo ID * All children under 18 not permitted including small children and babies * Intoxicated persons will not be admitted * No thongs or steel cap boots * The venue reserves the right to refuse admission to any person * Dangerous behaviour including Crowd Surfing, Stage Diving, Moshing and Violent Dancing is not allowed and will result in your immediate removal from this venue.*Inappropriate behaviour at this venue will lead to your banning.*