Darren Wharton Admits Mimicking David Coverdale’s Stage Moves

When Dare entered the scene, the young band was surrounded by giants such as Guns N’ Roses and Led Zeppelin. At one point, the former Thin Izzy keyboardist Darren Wharton had to start fronting the band because their record label started getting impatient, and thus, he needed a source of inspiration. Based on his recent interview with Louder Sound, David Coverdale was one of those inspirations.

“I was absolutely terrified,” the keyboardist admitted, remembering how challenging it was for him to go from the back of the stage to the front. “It was something I really didn’t want to do. But I had spent time watching videos of David Coverdale or whoever and borrowing the moves I liked, and I’d practice them in front of the mirror.”

Wharton fronted the band for the first time in Sweden in front of 12,000 people as part of a high-profile tour with names like Jimmy Page. It’s not hard to imagine how difficult it would be for someone to step out of the shadow directly into the middle of the spotlight with little to no help.

Thus, the Whitesnake frontman, who had already reached a broad audience, helped him indirectly by setting an example. Dare has come a long way since then, releasing ten studio albums, the last of which came this year. Wharton continues to enjoy his career, which he initially took at the label’s urging, and has been the vocalist/keyboardist of the band ever since. In October, they just wrapped up the tour of their latest album, ‘Road To Eden.’


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