Johnny O’Neil has announced the free-streaming release of the EP Live at the Southern Theater. This follows up on his debut solo album Truth or Dare. The new live EP was recorded at a show that the band performed at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis on December 11th, 2021 and the songs they played that night span O’Neil and his band’s history together, as well as going back to the days of O’Neil’s previous band Dare Force, and previewing a few songs from O’Neil’s upcoming second album.
Johnny O’Neil talks about the recording of their second full length album:
We are currently in the studio recording our second album. While we have “officially” been a band since late 2020 and performed live over the past year-and-a-half, the new album represents the maiden voyage of my full band in the studio. As such, we all are discovering more about each other as musicians, band mates, and dear friends. My first solo album, “Truth Or Dare” set a high bar to meet with the second album, this time featuring my whole band.
The band will be playing a show on March 6th, 2023 supporting The Winery Dogs at the Fine Line in Minneapolis, MN.
More about Dare Force:
Dare Force was a legendary hard rock/heavy metal band based in Minneapolis that was initially founded by Johnny and Brian Bart when they were 18 years old. Dare Force released three albums in the 1980s and performed in concert with numerous national acts such as KISS, Ted Nugent, Triumph, Kansas, UFO, the Joe Perry Project, and Ratt, as well as headlining in venues throughout the US, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela. Dare Force also had several songs that received heavy airplay on rock radio stations throughout the midwestern US in the 1980s. Dare Force released its third album, “Firepower,” with a reformed version of the band in 1989. The original lineup performed occasional reunion gigs after the long run of the original band ended in 1987, but the original version of Dare Force stopped performing live altogether after their last reunion show in 2002. Dare Force reformed yet again with a return to a four-piece lineup in 2017, and released its fourth album, “Callin’ Your Name,” in 2018.