Rock legends Dragon are coming to New Zealand this spring but they're leaving their electric guitars at home.
For the first time ever the quartet is performing a series of acoustic gigs in churches across the country, including First Presbyterian Church in Invercargill on November 19 and Knox Church, Dunedin, on November 20.
With this tour Dragon are revisiting a part of their now more than 40 years of musical history that made them the band they are today.
The current line up Todd Hunter (bass), Mark Williams (lead vocals / acoustic guitar), Pete Drummond (drums) and Bruce Reid (electric guitar) are looking forward to New Zealand hearing re-worked acoustic renditions of their big hits.
"Playing our songs acoustically is an excuse to revisit our songs with a different musical mindset," says founding member Todd Hunter.
"It's not about whipping up the crowd so much as it is about the interplay between instruments and giving the harmonies a chance to breathe."
The band is on record as that they had given up playing acoustic shows as their fans would sing so loud they couldn't hear themselves so they went back doing electric shows.
"But in these surroundings, playing in those churches, hopefully it will be more like a choir singing rather than a football grant final" Hunter says. "But we'll see," he laughs.
With a raft of hits such as April Sun in Cuba, Are You Old Enough, Still in Love With You, Rain, Young Years and Dreams of Ordinary Men Dragon are bringing with them a collection of acoustic instruments for this tour, from mandolins to BanSitars to guitar-leles for the very special performances in New Zealand's beautiful church venues.
The tour kicks off in Napier on November 13 and finishes up in Wellington on November 23.
ACOUSTIC CHURCH TOUR - DRAGON
November 13 - Napier - St John's Cathedral
November 14 - Hamilton - Chapel of Christ the King
November 15 - Tauranga - Holy Trinity
November 16 - Auckland - Holy Trinity Cathedral
November 19 - Invercargill - First Presbyterian Church
November 20 - Dunedin - Knox Church
November 21 - Christchurch - St Michael & All Angels
November 23 - Wellington - Old St Paul's
- © Fairfax NZ News
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