FM Dare Toby Jepson
- 9 Jun Manchester O2 Ritz
Formed in 1984, FM signed to CBS (Sony) records and toured with such luminaries as Bon Jovi, Tina Turner and Whitesnake plus many more. They did their own headline theatre tour of the UK in 1989, including a sold out London Hammersmith Apollo. The band released 5 studio albums, a live acoustic album and 'Best Of' compilation. In 1996 with the changing musical tide the band split but remained close friends. Then, in 2007 they were persuaded to reform for a one-off show at Nottingham Rock City (Firefest IV) and are still rocking strong today.
Rock band Dare were originally formed back in 1988 by Thin Lizzy keyboard player Darren Wharton. That same year, they 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 Scandinavian rockers Europe. Playing extensively across the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe, Dare became an established band in their own right. The band continues to this day, but have departed from their hard rock and melodic rock roots, and now feature a heavy celtic influence.
Toby Jepson made his name as the singer/songwriter in UK based rock act Little Angels. The band enjoyed 10 UK top 40 hits and their last studio album - 'JAM'- went straight in at number 1 on the first week of release. Since then a career as a solo artist has been augmented with stints as a vocalist with Fastway, Scottish rockers GUN and most recently with Dio's Disciples. Toby now produces for other bands and performs as a solo artist, having released a series of three EPs, each called 'Guitar, Bass And Drums', and mini-album 'Raising My Own Hell'.