In the summer of 1984, over a few drinks in a London pub, FM was formed. Comprising the ex-Samson pair of bassist Merv Goldsworthy and drummer Pete Jupp, the formidable Overland brothers – vocalist/guitarist Steve and lead guitarist Chris (both formerly of Wildlife) - plus the keyboard talents of Philip Manchester (better known as sci-fi nutcase Didge Digital), the band wrote six songs. By December of that same year FM had secured a recording contract with the CBS/Portrait label and the band set off to join Meat Loaf for some shows in Germany.
The first public appearance of FM in the UK was on Valentine's Day of 1985, attracting rave reviews. The début album INDISCREET wasn't far behind. A fully-fledged masterpiece, every track hit the spot and the mega-ballad 'Frozen Heart' caused lips to quiver and tear ducts to moisten whenever it was played.
"Frozen Heart" was heard in many venues during 1986 and FM hit the road in Europe supporting Tina Turner, Foreigner, Gary Moore, Status Quo and Magnum, also opening for REO Speedwagon at London's Hammersmith Odeon. At the year's end they were delighted to accept a spot with the white-hot Bon Jovi on the 'Slippery When Wet' tour.
Legendary melodic rockers FM are set to embark on the 'Atomic Generation Tour' next february in Barcelona and Madrid, it will be a dream gig for all the AOR fans, special guests on these two shows will be the great band DARE.
22 february 2019 – Barcelona (Razzmatazz 2)
23 february 2019 – Madrid (Sala Copernico)
Fronted by singer songwriter Darren Wharton (who first rose to fame in the early eighties playing keyboards with legendary Irish rock band Thin Lizzy), DARE are one of the most respected and innovative melodic rock bands working today, gaining cult status among AOR fans throughout Europe, the UK and the world. The band’s debut 1989 album ‘Out Of The Silence’ recorded at Joni Mitchell’s Bel Air Studio Los Angeles, and produced by Nickelback producer Mike Shipley is still widely regarded today as one of the all time great AOR albums.
Darren joined Philip Lynott’s Thin Lizzy at the tender age of eighteen and enjoyed 5 great years with the band touring extensively, alongside renowned guitarist Scott Gorham, drummer Brian Downey, guitarists Snowy White (Pink Floyd), Gary Moore and John Sykes (Whitesnake). Working closely with Philip Lynott, Darren also recorded classic Thin Lizzy albums, such as ‘Chinatown’, ‘Renegade’, and ‘Thunder and Lightning’ on which Wharton co-wrote 3 songs, including the hit single ‘The Sun Goes Down’. Sadly, the latter was to be Thin Lizzy’s last studio album, and in 1986 Darren Wharton returned to his home town of Manchester where, as an outlet for his creative flare for song writing and working with young Oldham guitarist Vinny Burns, he formed his own band, DARE.
Darren re-joined Thin Lizzy in 1994 and the band continues to tour extensively around the world to rapturous fans and huge audiences. The band recently completed a big tour of the USA with Judas Priest and recently supported
Guns ‘n’ Roses in the UK as well as scores of major festival shows.
Wharton’s style of song writing, modern anthemic rock with Celtic overtones, coupled with the bands powerful live performances throughout Europe and the UK ( Sweden Rock, BYH Festival Germany) have gained Dare the reputation as a bright force on the British rock scene. As the band’s worldwide fan base eagerly anticipate the new album, Sacred Ground is destined to be another classic album by AOR Rock legends DARE.
Darren Wharton: Lead Vocals
Vinny Burns: Guitars
Nigel Clutterbuck: Bass
Kevin Whitehead: Drums
Marc Roberts , Keys LIVE
For all the fans of AOR for the first time FM + Dare, you can miss this concert!!!!