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THE DEBUT ALBUM:
TRUTH OR DARE
The album features nine songs, including never-before-recorded songs I wrote and performed with Dare Force years ago, brand-new tunes written by me, as well as an acoustic tune I wrote when I was 16 years old. I’ve also done a remake of The Beatles’ classic, “Revolution”!
One of the most wonderful aspects of this project has been the chance for me to work in the studio once again with Brian Bart, who is engineering, recording, mixing, mastering, and co-producing the album with me. In addition to writing all but one of the tunes on the album, I am singing all lead vocals, and playing all guitars (lead, slide, acoustic, and bass) on the album.
However, I have also enlisted a "secret weapon," percussion powerhouse Joachim Baecker on drums. Joachim played drums in Rattlin' Bones and Funhouse with former members of Obsession and Flipp, and has worked in the studio with the legendary producer Jack Douglas, and the late, great Mick Ronson, former guitarist for David Bowie.
Joachim and I are also most excited to have a very special guest artist, Danny Peyronel, the original keyboardist for UFO, contributing his stellar keyboard skills to three of the tracks on the album.
Brian Bart and Johnny O'Neil
"If you didn’t know this was a fresh slab of tunes you would assume this was a mid to late 70s lost or hidden gem, beautifully dusted off and given a polish.
I think you get the impression I like this, it’s all 10’s from me."
"Overall, O’Neil‘s album Truth Or Dare is the surprise record of the year for me. I never thought that I would like it so much but when you realize how much experience that O’Neil has under his belt, you realize that it’s not surprising that the man could come up with a killer record."
"I just enjoyed listening to "Truth or Dare", the upcoming release from Johnny O'Neil. If you like the classic hook-driven chorus, Johnny has you covered with "Comin' For You." Like guitars? The instrumental, "World Run Amuck," should fill that pleasure."
CHAINSAW / SLAVE RAIDER / MIKE FINDLING AGENCY
"Johnny O'Neil has crafted an album that's a lot of fun to listen to with the guitars right where they should be - in your face. I just listened top to bottom - BEST ALBUM of 2021 so far!"
HOST OF STREETS OF ROCK N ROLL RADIO SHOW & THE RON KEEL PODCAST
”If you are yearning for foot-stomping, fist-raising hard rock with seasoned chunky riffs delivered by a frontman “running amuck”, press play here!”
METAL TIM HENDERSON