"Callin' Your Name" by Dare Force LIVE at First Avenue on 9/01/18! This song is the title track of the new Dare Force CD!


 "Let Me Play" by Dare Force LIVE at First Avenue on 9/01/18! This song is on the new Dare Force CD, 'Callin' Your Name.' 

Band Biography

Our Story

A rock 'n' roll journey from our beginning to where we are today.

The Beginning


Dare Force is a legendary hard rock/heavy metal band that was initially formed in Minneapolis in the late 1970s. 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 CD, "Firepower," with a reformed version of the band in 1989. The original lineup performed occasional reunion gigs after the original version of the band ended in 1987, but stopped performing live after their last reunion show in 2002. 



Today, Dare Force features a new lineup of four eminent veterans of the Twin Cities hard rock/heavy metal scene, who have merged their songwriting and live performance talents to create an incendiary musical force:  

 Johnny O'Neil: lead and slide guitar, lead vocals
Leni DiMancari: lead guitar, vocals
Brian Lorenson: bass guitar, vocals
Lane Allen: drums, vocals 

Johnny O'Neil began playing lead guitar in nightclubs in the Twin Cities of Minnesota at the tender age of 14. Johnny, along with Brian Bart, is one of the two founding members and lead guitarists of Dare Force. He has also played in Twin Cities bands such as White Raven and Archangel, and was replaced by world-renowned keyboardist, Yanni, after he left Archangel to form Dare Force. 

 Leni DiMancari, the newest member of Dare Force, is a lead guitarist, songwriter, and producer from Minnesota. Leni has seven Minnesota Music Academy Nominations under his belt. Leni landed a few independent record deals as a solo artist after leaving the group, "Hurricane Alice" in the 1980s, and has recorded with the likes of members of Y&T, and Montrose. Most recently, Leni was the lead guitarist for the Pearl Jam tribute band, "Alive." Leni also  operates his booking agency, "Ten 13 Entertainment," providing musical talent booking services to several national artists and multiple venues.  

Brian Lorenson is the original bassist for Dare Force, having played with Brian Bart in high school rock bands before the formation of Dare Force in 1977. Since that time, Brian has played in a number of Twin Cities rock bands, most recently with The Wayward Boyz Klub. 2017 marked the 40th anniversary of Brian and Johnny's musical association in Dare Force! 

Lane Allen is a 28-year veteran percussionist of the Twin Cities rock ‘n’ roll scene. Lane has been the stick slinger for numerous Twin Cities acts, including 2 Minutes 50, Dream Diesel, The Pilgrims (w/ former members of The Suburbs and The Suicide Commandos), Propeller, The Cole Allen Band, and Sena Ehrhardt. Lane has also logged hundreds of hours as a Twin Cities session studio player!

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