A couple of months before this gig Dare had been headlining the Marquee now, a a couple of blocks up the road, they were headlining the much bigger Astoria... and packing it out *and* having some very special guests turn up for a couple of tracks.
Dare were one of those bands that grew quickly in popularity but didn't reallyu make a dent on the radar for most people. It's always odd when that happens, when you get a band that is selling out decent sized venues but most of your friends, and the population in general, have never heard of them. Anyway, it didn't matter to me then and it doesn't really matter now - although there are a bunch of bands I've seen over the years whom I really wish had achieved greater success and longevity as they were bloody good. Dare is kinda in this category for me. Very pleased I managed to catch them when they were about.
Oh, the special guests I mentioned? Europe (aka 'Final Countdown') joined them for a couple of tracks.