Todd Hunter's recall is not rose-coloured. "I didn't think I'd ever come back to Dragon," says the band's founder, bassist, sometime songwriter and sole survivor. "There are such mixed memories for me.
There were incredible highs but too many people died. I've spent the last 10 years ignoring the whole thing, it was a lot simpler to get on with film and TV scoring and leave Dragon as a distant memory."
History, of course, cherishes a very different view of New Zealand's beleaguered but brilliant pop chart journeymen. A glance down the track list of Sunshine to Rain recalls one of the most astonishing and emotional legacies in Australasian pop history.
Now recast, the show is back on the road with a trove of criminally rare nuggets sifted from certified radio gold; 16 indelible strokes of pop genius handled with exceptional care and affection by a new acoustic line-up fronted by the superb voice of NZ rock veteran, Mark Williams.
Still regularly touring and energetically pumping out all their huge hits from throughout the 80s, Dragon are as entertaining as ever.