Dare was formed in 1985 by former Thin Lizzy keyboard player Darren Wharton after Phil Lynott had disolved the band. 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.
The band have had five 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).
The original lineup included guitarist Vinny Burns who went on to feature in a host of other bands including Ultravox, Asia and Ten as well as releasing a solo album The Journey in 1999. Burns returned to Dare in 2008.
Another member of the original lineup was 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.
The band continues to this day, but have to some extent departed from their hard rock and melodic rock roots, and now feature a heavy Celtic influence.
Dare appeared at the Firefest Festival in October 2010 and again in October 2013.
In February 2017 Dare played the Crow Club in Athens, Greece, then later on in the year they played the Rockingham Festival 2017, held at Nottingham Trent University, UK, between 20 and 22 October 2017.
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