Dare Announce “Road To Eden”Album & October 2022 UK Tour
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UK Rock band DARE are set to return with their highly anticipated 10th studio album Road To Eden released by Legend Records on Friday 1st April 2022.
DARE is best known for their frontman singer songwriter Darren Wharton who first rose to fame in the early eighties playing keyboards with legendary Irish rock band Thin Lizzy. From the tender age of 17, Darren went on to record the famous Chinatown album with Philip Lynott, Scott Gorham, Snowy White (Pink Floyd) and Brian Downey. After being featured on Chinatown, Phil Lynott had taken Darren under his wing and the young musician from Manchester soon found himself touring extensively throughout Europe, America, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.
After a year of selling out concert halls around the globe Thin Lizzy once again returned to the studio. Now as an established member of the band, Darren was about to embark on his second Thin Lizzy album Renegade. After co-writing Angel of Death with Philip Lynott, Wharton’s talent for song writing began to emerge. Several world tours later, Darren went on to co-write The Sun Goes Down, This Is The One, Heart Attack and Someday She’s Gonna Hit Back on the legendary Thin Lizzy album Thunder and Lightning.
After four great years of playing alongside Phil Lynott, Scott Gorham, Brian Downey and Whitesnake’s John Sykes, the Thin Lizzy disbanded. Darren returned to Manchester where he began to write, sing, and produce his own songs. After recruiting young guitarist, Vinny Burns, it wasn’t long before Darren’s new band DARE were getting noticed by the major labels in London and in 1987 Darren and DARE were signed by A&M records.
In 1988, DARE recorded their début album Out Of The Silence in Los Angeles at singer, Joni Mitchel’s private studio in Beverly Hills. After this highly acclaimed first release, DARE’s live performances soon earned them a cult following throughout Europe, opening for Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, Gary Moore, and Swedish rockers Europe. DARE toured extensively throughout Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Spain, Belgium, Italy, France, the UK, and Ireland.
Back in Los Angeles, DARE’S second album Blood from Stone was produced by renowned L.A. producer Keith Olsen (Whitesnake, The Scorpions) and had a much harder edge than the previous Out Of The Silence. When PolyGram bought A&M records in the UK, several changes forced Darren and Dare to walk away from their four-year deal.
Disillusioned and frustrated, Darren decided to move away from Manchester to North Wales. Settling in the Snowdonia National Park, Darren quickly set about building his own recording studio. Now working with new guitarist and friend Richard Dews, Darren was inspired by the haunting natural beauty of his new surroundings, and a new atmospheric Celtic feel started to emerge in the DARE sound. The first songs to come out of Wales were to become DARE’S third studio album Calm Before The Storm, it would also see Darren’s in a new role – as producer. Calm Before The Storm was well received by Dare fans marked the welcome return of DARE, re-establishing the band throughout Europe and the UK. DARE were back!
Taking time out from writing, in 1994 ten years after the sad death of Phillip Lynott, Thin Lizzy’s Scott Gorham, John Sykes, Darren Wharton, Brian Downey and Marco Mendoza reformed for a very successful tribute tour of America, Japan and Europe to honour their friend Phil Lynott. On January 4th they performed in Dublin, at the Point and were joined on stage with many Irish legends including U2’s Bono, Bob Geldof, Joe Elliot, and Van Morrison.
Back in Wales, Darren composed new material for a new album Belief. This beautiful album set a new standard for DARE. “Like a mirror to the soul” and a doorway to the heart of this unique songwriter, the first single White Horses was playlisted by Terry Wogan on BBC Radio 2. Tours throughout Europe and Scandinavia followed, including a 12-date tour with Asia in the UK.
After the success of Belief, DARE fans were rewarded again when Beneath The Shining Water was released in the summer of 2004. This album, hailed by many as a modern classic, is highly original and instantly addictive. It featured some of Darren’s most inspired songs to date. Sea Of Roses received months of airplay on BBC Radio 2. DARE had once again pushed back their musical boundaries, broadening the bands appeal to both young and old alike.
Behind the scenes, 2008 finally saw the official US release of Beliefand Beneath The Shining Wateras a double CD though Warner Music/ADA, widening DARE’S audience even further.
Now the world stage was set, DARE’S latest album Arc Of The Dawn was released October 2009 on Wharton’s own label, Legend Records, through Warner’s distributor ADA, and to the fans delight, saw the return of old friend and guitar legend Vinny Burns; back with Dare again on live shows, including a famous appearance at Sweden Rock Festival alongside Whitesnake and Def Leppard.
2012 was an exciting year for DARE and their fans. With Vinny Burns now firmly back in the band, along with drummer Kev Whitehead and Nigel Clutterbuck on bass, there were many new projects planned. Including a special edition re-release of Calm Before The Storm 2, completely re-recorded with never-before-released bonus tracks.
2016 saw the highly anticipated seventh studio album from DARE. Sacred Ground delighted DARE fans everywhere, and after receiving spectacular reviews for European and UK press, quickly topped the Amazon Rock Charts in four countries, reaching number #1 in the UK, Germany, Spain, and Italy.
Charting once again in Sweden, DARE also reached new heights in America, hitting number #5 in the U.S. Amazon Rock charts, and an amazing number #1 in the Japanese Imports charts. Following critically acclaimed live performances in the UK, London Roundhouse, Germany Rock Of Ages, Sweden Rock Festival, Spain, Athens, Norway, the band’s reputation grew from strength to strength, reinstating Dare’s cult status in Europe and the UK and the world. With the first single On My Own playlisted on Planet Rock for over three months, the band found themselves back on top of the AOR rock scene.
2018 was to be another great chapter in the book of DARE, as the band celebrated their 30th Anniversary with a Special Edition re-release of their debut classic album Out Of The Silence. The album Out Of The Silence 2 Reached number #1 in the Amazon Classic Rock charts in four Countries, UK, Germany, Italy, and Spain
The first single off the new album, Born In The Storm will be released on Friday 14th January 2022. Pre-save the single at https://levelmusic.lnk.to/BornintheStorm.
Pre-order the album on CD here or digital HERE.
To support the release, DARE will embark on a 12-date UK headline Tour in October 2022. Planet Rock will start at 48-hour ticket pre-sale at 9am on Wednesday 12th January via www.planetrock.com.
Road To Eden follows Dare’s critically acclaimed albums Sacred Ground (2016) and Out Of The Silence 2 (2018). Both albums reached Number #1 in the Amazon Classic Rock Charts in four countries including the UK, Germany, Italy, and Spain. Dare entered the top #5 in the Official UK Rock Chart, number #6 in the U.S. Amazon Classic Rock Charts and Number #1 in Japanese rock imports.
Road To Eden is destined to be another modern DARE classic. Produced by their lead singer songwriter Darren Wharton (ex-Thin Lizzy) at his studio the majestic mountains of North Wales. The new album has a harder rock edge than previous albums, whilst still retaining the atmospheric sound, and anthemic melodies that has become the band’s signature trademark.
Road To Eden features ten brand new beautifully crafted songs that captures the very heart of DARE. With a full headline UK tour set for the UK in October 2022, plus dates in Spain, Scandinavia, and Germany, it’s going to be an exciting year for the band.
“We wanted to write an album that translated well to live performance,” says Darren. “Road To Eden has some great anthems, energy and power. We can’t wait to play the new songs live.”
With previous DARE albums now having well over 4 million streams on Spotify, it’s clear that for the growing army of DARE fans, the wait is nearly over, as they prepare to join DARE on The Road To Eden.
1. BORN IN THE STORM (4:45)
2. CRADLE TO THE GRAVE (4:21)
3. FIRE NEVER FADES (3:51)
4. ROAD TO EDEN (4:07)
5. LOVERS AND FRIENDS (3:43)
6. ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG (4:37)
7. I ALWAYS WILL (4:24)
8. GRACE (3:44)
9. THE DEVIL RIDES TONIGHT (3:49)
10. THY KINGDOM COME (4:30)
11. BORN IN A STORM (ROMESH REMIX) (4:21)
PRODUCED BY DARREN WHARTON
DARE OCTOBER 2022 UK TOUR:
Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Thursday 6 October 2022
Newcastle, The Cluny
Friday 7 October 2022
Glasgow, The Garage
Saturday 8 October 2022
Bury St Edmunds, The Apex
Thursday 13 October 2022
Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
Friday 14 October 2022
Bilston, The Robin
Saturday 15 October 2022
Shoreham Ropetackle, Brighton
Friday 21 October 2022
Saturday 22 October 2022
Sunday 23 October 2022
London, O2 Academy Islington
Thursday 27 October 2022
Friday 28 October 2022
Newbury, Arlington Arts Centre
Saturday 29 October 2022