RED DRAGON - Tilburg (Noord-Brabant, NL) 1982 - 2015 (disbanded)



BIOGRAPHY:

This band from Tilburg started in 1982 and was founded by the Jacobs brothers René, Kees and Huub. Musically, the band was influenced by SAXON, SCORPIONS, BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW, URIAH HEEP, DEEP PURPLE, KANSAS, etc. However, they have a sound of their own because everyone wants to put his favourite band influences in the music. ‘Keep on rocking’ and ‘Keep on Dragon’ was their slogan in the eighties. Their music is straigt-on and pure hardrock. Not too simple, not too symphonic and it rocks. Their message has always been don’t worry about social problems, but live your life and enjoy the music. In 1985, they released the 5-track demo simply called “Demo”. This demo delivers good hard rock with an important spot for the keyboards. Maybe a bit too soft for the speed freaks among us, but RAINBOW fans will like this demo for sure. On vinyl, the band contributes on the “Metal Power IV” single with the song “Captured”. Gigs were given in Holland (especially Zeeland) and Belgium. They played as support act for URIAH HEEP, BODINE and VENGEANCE and even headlined at some festivals. It’s not known to us what happened with the band after that, but surprisingly enough in 2006 a reunion gig is played for the Tilburg Headbangers Fest on September 30th, organized by Mario van Dooren. 21 years after the “Metal Power IV” single! Later on, the band did a few other shows as well and played in May 2013 with DEEP MACHINE (UK) in Tilburg and a few months later at the 7th (sold out) edition of Mario’s Metal Meeting with bands like TYGERS OF PAN TANG (UK) and JAGUAR (UK). In January 2015, the band plays a (free) farewell show in Tilburg with AFTER CHAOS. The curtain falls for RED DRAGON and marks the end of their career.
(text conducted by Stefan van Zijl and re-adjusted by Toine van Poorten)

MEMBERS:
Line-up in 1985:
Benno van Gerven – vocals
Rene Jacobs – guitars
Huub Jacobs – bass
Kees Jacobs – keyboards
Theo van den Heuvel – drums

Line-up in 2012:
Guido Theuns – vocals
Rene Jacobs – guitars
Huub Jacobs – bass
Kees Jacobs – keyboards
Theo van den Heuvel – drums

DISCOGRAPHY:
*Demo (Demo 1985)
*Metal Power IV (Single 1985; compilation track: "Captured")

MEMORABILIA:

[Updated: March 24, 2015]

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