Dare (band)

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Dare
Origin Oldham, England
Genres Rock
Hard rock
Melodic rock (pop rock)
Years active
  • 1985–92
  • 1998–present
Labels A&M Records (1988–92)
Associated acts Thin Lizzy
Website http://www.dare-music.com/
Members Darren Wharton
Vinny Burns
Nigel Clutterbuck
Kevin Whitehead
Marc Roberts
Past members Richard Dews
Brian Cox
Greg Morgan
Martin "Shelley" Shelton
James Ross
Andrew Moore
Julian Gardner

Dare are a rock band from Oldham, England, fronted by Thin Lizzy keyboard player Darren Wharton. They formed in 1985, and have released nine albums to date, including the No. 48 UK album Blood from Stone.[1]

History[edit]

Dare was formed in 1985 by Darren Wharton after Thin Lizzy had broken up. By 1987, Dare had gained a local following in Oldham and they were offered recording contracts from A&M, RCA and MCA Records. The band's debut album, Out of the Silence, was released in 1988 on A&M Records. Dare had minor success in Europe, but album sales flagged and the band was dropped from their label after their second album Blood from Stone (1991).

The band have had four songs in the UK Singles Chart: "Abandon" (#71, 1989), "Nothing Is Stronger Than Love" (#95, 1989), "The Raindance" (#62, 1989), "We Don't Need a Reason" (#52, 1991) and "Real Love" (#67, 1991).[1]

The band continues to this day, but have departed from their hard rock and melodic rock roots, and now feature a heavy Celtic influence.[2]

The original lineup featured Brian Cox who played keyboards on the records Out of the Silence and Blood From Stone. Cox later played with D:Ream before becoming a particle physicist and science communicator.[3]

Dare appeared at the Firefest Festival in October 2010 and again in October 2013.

Current members[edit]

  • Darren Wharton - vocals, keyboards, keytar (1985-1992, 1998–present)
  • Vinny Burns - guitar (1985-1992, 2010–present)
  • Nigel Clutterbuck - bass (1989-1992, 2014–present)
  • Marc Roberts - keyboards (2006–present)
  • Kevin "Kev" Whitehead - drums (2006–present)

Past members[edit]

  • Andrew "Andy" Moore - guitar (1998-2006)
  • Richard "Richie" Dews - guitar (1991-1992, 1998-2014)
  • Martin "Shelley" Shelton - bass (1985-1989)
  • Martin Wilding - bass (1998)
  • Brian Drawbridge bass (1998-2000)
  • James Ross - drums (1985-1989)
  • Ed Stratton - drums (1985)
  • Gavin Mart - drums (2002-2006)
  • Greg Morgan - drums (1989-1992)
  • Julian Gardner - drums (1998-2002)
  • Brian Cox - keyboards (1986-1992)
  • Mark Simpson - keyboards (1986)
  • Simon Gardner - keyboards (1998-2002)

Discography[edit]

Out of the Silence (1988)[edit]

Track Listing
  1. "Abandon" - 4:35
  2. "Into The Fire" - 4:53
  3. "Nothing Is Stronger Than Love" - 4:42
  4. "Runaway" - 4:29
  5. "Under The Sun" - 6:12
  6. "The Raindance" - 5:23
  7. "King Of Spades" - 4:44
  8. "Heartbreaker" - 3:38
  9. "Return The Heart" - 5:09
  10. "Don't Let Go" - 5:37
Personnel

Blood from Stone (1991)[edit]

Track Listing
  1. "Wings Of Fire"
  2. "We Don't Need A Reason"
  3. "Surrender"
  4. "Chains"
  5. "Lies"
  6. "Live To Fight Another Day"
  7. "Cry Wolf"
  8. "Breakout"
  9. "Wild Heart"
  10. "Real Love"
  11. "Walk On The Water" (Japan Bonus Track)
Personnel

Calm Before the Storm (1998)[edit]

Track Listing
  1. "Walk On The Water"
  2. "Some Day"
  3. "Calm Before The Storm"
  4. "Rescue Me"
  5. "Silence Of Your Head"
  6. "Rising Sun"
  7. "Ashes"
  8. "Crown Of Thorns"
  9. "Deliverance"
  10. "Still In Love With You" - (Phil Lynott)
  11. "Run To Me" (Japan Bonus Track)
Personnel

Belief (2001)[edit]

  1. "Silent Thunder" - 5:49
  2. "Dreams on Fire" - 4:29
  3. "White Horses (Lions Heart)" - 4:06
  4. "Belief" - 6:07
  5. "Run Wild Run Free" - 4:32
  6. "We Were Friends" - 6:42
  7. "Falling" - 4:29
  8. "Where Will You Run To" - 3:45
  9. "Take Me Away" - 5:03
  10. "Promised Land" - 4:47
  11. "Phoenix" - 4:14

Beneath the Shining Water (2004)[edit]

  1. "Sea of Roses" - 4:37
  2. "Days Gone By" - 4:13
  3. "Silent Hills" - 4:03
  4. "Beneath the Shining Water" - 4:49
  5. "The Battles That You've Won" - 4:01
  6. "Allowed to Fall" - 4:12
  7. "I'll Be the Wind" - 3:59
  8. "Where Darkness Ends" - 4:36
  9. "Storm Wind" - 4:24
  10. "Last Train" - 4:17

The Power of Nature (Live in Munich) (2005) (also on DVD)[edit]

  1. "Sea of Roses"
  2. "Storm Wind"
  3. "Where Darkness Ends"
  4. "Silent Hills"
  5. "Some Day"
  6. "Silent Thunder"
  7. "The Fire"
  8. "We Will Return"
  9. "Song for a Friend (The King)"
  10. "White Horses"

Arc of the Dawn (2009)[edit]

  1. "Dublin" - 5:15
  2. "Shelter in the Storm" - 4:34
  3. "Follow the River" - 3:56
  4. "King of Spades" (re-recording) - 4:26
  5. "I Will Return" (re-recording of "Return The Heart") - 4:44
  6. "Emerald" (Thin Lizzy cover) - 4:38
  7. "When" - 4:34
  8. "The Flame" (Cheap Trick cover) - 4:37
  9. "Still Waiting" - 4:20
  10. "Kiss the Rain" - 4:14
  11. "Remember" - 5:04
  12. "Circles" - 4:11

Calm Before the Storm 2 (2012)[edit]

  1. Walk on the Water - 6:42
  2. Someday - 4:13
  3. Calm Before the Storm - 6:40
  4. Crown of Thorns - 5:00
  5. Precious - 4:22
  6. Silence of Your Head - 5:21
  7. Rescue Me - 4:40
  8. Ashes - 5:08
  9. Rising Sun - 3:49
  10. Cold Wind Will Blow - 4:31
  11. Deliverance - 3:39

Sacred Ground (2016)[edit]

  1. "Home" – 4:44
  2. "I'll Hear You Pray" – 4:20
  3. "Strength" – 4:16
  4. "Every Time We Say Goodbye" – 4:01
  5. "Days of Summer" – 3:44
  6. "On My Own" – 3:15
  7. "Until" – 3:58
  8. "All Our Brass Was Gold" – 3:48
  9. "You Carried Me" – 4:11
  10. "Like the First Time" – 4:18
  11. "Along the Heather" – 4:01

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 140. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "Interview with Darren Wharton". Lords of Metal. Retrieved 20 December 2009. 
  3. ^ Smith, David (14 September 2008). "Profile of Brian Cox". London: The Observer. Retrieved 20 December 2009. 

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