WHARTON - KEYBOARDS 1980 - 83
Darren played in a cover band, without a name, when Phil Lynott got in touch with him. Darren was only 17 yrs old when entered the Good Earth Studios in London where the band was working on "Chinatown" in the spring 1980. Darren's debut Thin Lizzy gig took place in Oslo, Norway the same year.
formed Dare and in 1989 they got a deal with A&R. The album was recorded
in Joni Mitchell's private studio in California. The single Abandon
was spinning on MTV endlessly and when the band was chosen to support
Europe on their Out Of This World 1990 tour they became BIG! Playing
the sports halls around Europe gave a taste for more... August 20th, the
same year, Parris Wharton was born.
Calm Before The
Storm was recorded in Darren's own studio. It wasn't
an easy piece to write, but Darren decided that it had to be his way or
no way. The result came to be a masterpiece in the melodic, adult oriented,
rock genre. It's not an album to end up on the top-selling charts, but
if you've heard it you'll love it and life without it is unimaginable.
In the end of year 2000 Darren decided to stay in his studio, while the Thin Lizzy boys toured US, and finished Belief - the follow up to Calm Before The Storm - released in September 2001. Belief shows yet a softer side of Dare with a celtic inspiration. A fine album for thoughtful hours.