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Mike Peters Rings The Alarm at The Fillmore at Irving Plaza
By Darren Ressler

Posted on July 14, 2008

“In case you’re wondering…the situation is under control!” announced singer Mike Peters before The Alarm tore into “Situation Under Control,” a track from his band’s new album, Guerilla Tactics. The song’s title alludes to Peters’ two bouts with cancer (it’s now fortunately in remission), but judging by the electric performance he gave last night, he's only interested in rocking out and staying positive.

And what an energetic show he gave. Although The Alarm was the first act on the three-band Rockin’ the Colonies retro tour featuring fellow ‘80s legends The Fixx and The English Beat, the quartet played like they were headlining a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden. In all of the years I’ve been attending shows at Irving Plaza, I’ve never seen an opening act have the crowd in the palm of their hand and singing along to every song (the reaction to The Fixx was significantly muted).

The lyrics of Peters’ heartfelt, often populist folk-rock songs rang even truer on rousing renditions of “68 Guns,” “Strength” and “The Spirit of ’76.” Though this crowd was a little older and probably not very hip, Peters, 49, didn’t lose himself in nostalgia. Mike Peters won't forget yesterday, but he also won’t stop thinking about tomorrow.