Dare is an English rock band from Oldham, England, fronted by former Thin Lizzy keyboard player Darren Wharton. They formed in 1985 and have released ten albums to date, nine studio and one live. An eleventh album was stated as planned to be released in 2019, although this did not happen, the release of Road To Eden announced by the band in January 2022.
Dare was formed in 1985 by former Thin Lizzy keyboard player Darren Wharton after Phil Lynott had dissolved the band. By 1987, Dare had gained a local following in Oldham and, in 1987, were signed with a four-year deal by A&M.
The band's debut album, Out of the Silence, was released in 1988 on A&M Records. It was recorded in Los Angeles at singer Joni Mitchell's private studio in Beverly Hills. The lineup for this album consisted of Darren Wharton , Vinny Burns , Martin 'Shelley' Shelton , James Ross , and Brian Cox .
The follow-up album Blood from Stone was released in 1991, by which time Nigel Clutterbuck played bass guitar and Greg Morgan was on drums. With a much harder edge than the previous release, the second album was produced in Los Angeles by sound engineer Keith Olsen. Wharton since commented that while he is "very proud of that album..., ...we should have stuck to our guns musically and not try and jump on the heavy metal band wagon." He added, "Blood from Stone was written to please the rock press of the world."
Dare had minor success in Europe, but album sales flagged and the band was dropped from their label , despite Blood from Stone peaking at No. 48 in the UK Albums Chart. The band also had five songs in the UK Singles Chart: "Abandon" , "Nothing Is Stronger Than Love" and "The Raindance" from Out of the Silence, and "We Don't Need a Reason" and "Real Love" from Blood from Stone.
It would be 1998 before a third album was released - Calm Before the Storm, produced by Wharton. Wharton has since commented on the emergence of Dare's Celtic sound, stating, "I think that was mainly a part of my Thin Lizzy roots. Out of the Silence was quite Celtic in some of its stuff. You know, "The Raindance" and "King of Spades". You know, I spent my early career with Thin Lizzy, so that rubbed off me a great deal, working with Phil Lynott and Scott Gorham. And those Irish roots and the Celtic roots, where I live in Wales... You know, it's a very similar type of genre of folk music." By the time Calm Before the Storm was released, in a further personnel reshuffle Vinny Burns, Brian Cox and Nigel Clutterbuck had all departed. Andrew Moore was credited with guitars, Martin Wilding with bass, and Julian Gardner with drums. Under 'additional musicians' Kevin Whitehead was credited with drums and Richard Dews with acoustic guitar and backing vocals. Of those departing, Brian Cox would play with D:Ream before becoming a particle physicist and science communicator. Prior to returning to Dare in 2008, Burns would play with a selection of other bands including Ultravox and Ten, as well as releasing a solo album The Journey in 1999. Clutterbuck eventually returned to Dare in 2014.
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