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Following the Youtube premiere of The Alarm's brand new recording of the Gene Loves Jezebel classic 'Screaming for Emmalene' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QpKbs_1NDc , we are also delighted to bring you The Alarm's version of Modern English's 'I Melt With You' - https://youtu.be/W8i9tBS4A_M - available only on their Youtube channel...

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The Alarm's New Album - Sigma
Number One Rock Album in the U.K.!
Sequel To Last Year's Acclaimed Album, Equals


https://www.officialcharts.com/charts/rock-and-metal-albums-chart/

Long Form Video For “Blood Red Viral Black”

The Alarm - Blood Red, Viral Black (Official Music Video) Album Version


SIGMA LXXXV TOUR 2019

Featuring The Alarm Kicks Off July 17 in Nashville

 

Los Angeles, CA – July 1, 2019 - The Alarm released their new album Sigma Friday, June 28th to coincide with their upcoming North American summer tour which kicks off July 17th in Nashville, TN. Sigma is already at Number 11 on the UK National Album Chart and receiving great praise from fans and critics alike. Also on Friday, Brandon Flowers and The Killers honoured The Alarm by playing a cover version of Rain In The Summertime at their pre-Glastonbury concert in Wales, with Mike Peters in attendance.

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/music-nightlife-news/killers-pay-surprise-tribute-welsh-16506060?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=sharebar

When Brandon Flowers and The Killers performed 'Rain In The Summertime' at Cardiff Castle, it took me completely by surprise and instantly sent our twitter feed and Facebook pages into overdrive. I did get to meet the band after the show and we talked about all things Alarm. Brandon Flowers even had me sign his personal copy of Sigma”.

 


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To celebrate the Sigma release, the band have also released the long form version of the video to current single,“Blood Red Viral Black” - The Alarm - Blood Red, Viral Black (Official Music Video) Album Version

Sigma is available thru all digital retailers here: https://thealarm.ffm.to/_sigma
and has received great praise already.

“Sigma is sparked by the quality and breadth of Peter’s songwriting, rich, heavy on melody and with lyrics dripping with life...”  - Classic Rock Magazine

Overflowing with poignant, passionate numbers, “The Alarm’s Sigma is full of vim... heartfelt and affirming.”. The Independent

“Staunchly anthemic arena rock from The Alarm." The Guardian

“Featuring contributions from The Cult’s Billy Duffy and ex-Gen X guitarist James Stevenson, it’s a storming set of arena-sized songs.”  **** Record Collector 

"Uplifting..... The Alarm have released an album for tomorrow." 8/10 Vive Le Rock

"The Alarm's stellar Sigma bristles, soars and flat out rocks with a collection of heartfelt and infectious originals that equal the band's best efforts from the '80s and '90s."... Rock and Roll Truth

"Peters is definitely one of Post-Punk’s unsung heroes, but with The Alarm, his voice and their music, he is definitely up there in the pantheon occupied by the likes of Bono, Stuart Adamson (Big Country), Michael Been (The Call), Michael Hutchence (INXS), and Ian Astbury (The Cult), all of whose respective voices soar enormously like pained, tortured souls. Refreshing, engaging, and catchy.....Sigma is yet another vessel of The Alarm’s affecting music." Cryptic Rock

"If you enjoyed ‘Equals’ last year, you’ll like this one just as much. Despite the trials and tribulations that both ‘Equals’ and ‘Sigma’ documents, Mike Peters marches on with genuine passion, determination and enthusiasm." Uber Rock

“The energy and emotive passion of ∑ Sigma is powerful, the songs themselves wrote at a time of hardship for leader Mike Peters, the result for the listener is an astonishing piece of work. The Alarm are the gift that keeps on giving" - The Big Takeover

Sigma acts as the sequel for 2018’s critically acclaimed EQUALS release and features musical contributions from original Alarm guitarist Dave Sharp and Billy Duffy from The Cult. “The Alarm has written and created its own unique and colourful history and It's an honour to have Dave Sharp performing on Sigma", said singer Mike Peters. “I think we can both be proud of the way we have come together in this new open and vibrant creative spirit that allows the band to honour its past while moving forward into the future at the same time. Dave was and always will be part of The Alarm family.

Billy Duffy of The Cult, makes his mark on an Alarm album (just as he did on Equals), for a second time running, adding colour and sound to the opening track 'Blood Red Viral Black’. “Having Billy Duffy play guitar with The Alarm has become part of our DNA,says Peters. It’s a relationship that goes back to the beginning of this new century, when new era’s for both The Alarm and The Cult were being formed. Blood Red Viral Black defines our relationship as friends and opposites, human beings united by the life force which flows through our music. This is our legacy, and only by being creative with both the past and the future can we can own it.”

 

 

 

Sigma full track listing

∑ Side One

BLOOD RED VIRAL BLACK [Billy Duffy Guitar]

CAN YOU FEEL ME

BRIGHTER THAN THE SUN

TIME

PSALM

EQUALS (Dave Sharp Guitar)

 

∑ Side Two

 

LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING

PRISONERS

THE WHITE COUNT [CD EDITION ONLY]

HEROINE
ARMAGEDDON IN THE MORNING

TWO RIVERS [REPRISE]

 

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The Sigma LXXXV Tour #sigmatour2019 kicks off in Nashville on July 17th will showcase a fraternity of alternative British rock bands led by acoustic pioneers The Alarm, post punk auteurs Modern English, and the charismatic Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel that will stop by some 40 North American cities, presenting the very best music and ideas from a generation of enduring artists, brought together through a legacy of timeless sound and song. Tickets and information is available at all three bands websites: www.thealarm.com, www.modernenglish.me, www.genelovesjezebel.co.uk

Throughout the Sigma LXXXV Tour, Love Hope Strength (co-founded by Mike Peters), will be hosting bone marrow drives at each concert aimed at finding donors for people suffering from Blood Cancer who need a transplant for a second chance at life! The charity has already registered over 200,000 individuals and located some 4,000 plus potentially lifesaving matches. Visit www.lovehopestrength.org for more information.

Alarm fans attending the tour will also be able to enhance their participation at each event, by purchasing EXPERIENCE SIGMA LXXXV TOUR 2019 passes which will allow early entry into the venue for an exclusive pre-show acoustic performance with Mike Peters.

QUOTE FROM MIKE PETERS of The Alarm

"The Sigma Tour will bring out the best that The Alarm has to offer the 21st Century, and along with our friends Modern English and Jay Aston's Gene Loves Jezebel, we look forward to taking part in an event that will hopefully, live long in the memory for all our fans." says Mike Peters. "Our music, which still gets played on the radio every single day, gives us all a platform for creativity that will shine through every second of the Sigma Tour. Fans can expect collaboration, moments of reflection, camaraderie and also the unexpected. The tour will be alive on all the social media platforms allowing fans from around the world to see what it’s like for British bands to be on the road in the USA. Each show will be presented by an in-house MC / DJ and play host to intimate pre-show events that will connect fans to the musicians in a setting away from the spotlight. Up on the main stage every night, The Alarm will be celebrating the release of a new music album entitled Sigma, and honouring the 1985 Strength album reissue that has literally changed and saved lives through Love Hope Strength, the charity which sprang from the intention of the lyrics. The Sigma Tour will look, sound and feel like no other. It's an opportunity for our generations of fans, to make themselves heard, and for us as artists to prove that we are still as relevant as when we first helped shape the musical landscape of America, and when it's citizens looked to British bands for inspiration and alternatives."

In addition, Mike Peters was recently honored with an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) Award by His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace. The MBE is one of Britain’s highest honors. Mike was awarded for his services to charity, having raised thousands for cancer care projects in the UK and abroad and dedicating his life to giving hope for families affected by cancer.

 

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In addition, Mike Peters was recently honored with an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) Award by His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace. The MBE is one of Britain’s highest honors. Mike was awarded for his services to charity, having raised thousands for cancer care projects in the UK and abroad and dedicating his life to giving hope for families affected by cancer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sigma LXXXV Tour 2019 Dates


DATE CITY VENUE
JULY    
17 Nashville, TN Cannary Row (The Alarm only)
19 Austin, TX 3Ten Live
20 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey
21 Oklahoma, OK Tower Theater
24 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
25 San Diego, CA House of Blues
26 Temecula, CA Wien's Family Cellars
27 Los Angeles, CA Microsoft Theater - Music Festival Show
31 Phoenix, AZ Celebrity Theatre
AUGUST    
2 San Francisco, CA Regency Ballroom
3 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
5 Portland, OR Aladdin
6 Seatte, WA Triple Door
7 Spokane, WA Bing Crosby Theater
8 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex (The Alarm/Jay Aston's Gene Loves Jezebel only)
9 Denver, CO Oriental Theater
10 Lawrence, KS Liberty Hall
12 St. Louis, MO Delmar Hall
14 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line
15 Milwaukee, WI Turner Ballroom
16 Chicago, IL House of Blues
17 Detroit, MI St. Andrews
18 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
20 Portland, ME AURA
21 Boston, MA Paradise
23 Huntington, NY The Paramount
24 Jim Thorpe, PA Penns Peak
25 Falls Church, VA State Theatre
27 Albany, NY Skyport (The Alarm only)
29 Asbury Park, NJ Asbury Lanes
30 Staten Island, NY St. George Theater
31 Philadelphia, PA The Keswick Theater
SEPTEMBER    
1 Norfolk, VA Norva
3 Charlotte, NC Neighborhood Theatre
4 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
5 Orlando, FL The Social (The Alarm/Jay Aston's Gene Loves Jezebel only)
6 Bonita Springs, FL Southwest Florida Event Center - Fort Myers
7 Miami, FL The Ground at Club Space
8 St. Pete, FL Ferg's Concert Courtyard

 

The Alarm Launch “On Tour Age(#ontourage) Podcast

Thursday, July 18

40 date “Sigma LXXXV” Tour featuring The Alarm, Modern English & Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel begins Friday, July 19


Los Angeles - Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - On July 18th 2019, The Alarm will launch 'ON>TOUR>AGE' -#ontourage, the first in a series of Vlogs & podcasts (available from The Alarm You Tube Channel and all good digital media outlets including the official alarm Facebook page), that will be broadcast throughout the length and breadth of the Sigma LXXXV Tour 2019.

The first event will go out 'live' on July 18th from Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, where Mike Peters and The Alarm will pay homage to Elvis Presley, their friends U2, and a host of significant others, who have all made the pilgrimage to play at the birthplace of rock and roll.

Fans are encouraged to send suggestions for songs / artists to be covered to twitter.com/thealarm and tag posts with the hashtag #ontourage and any other artists identifiers and song links as deemed appropriate.

Utilising all the modern and accessible camera technology to create vital content, 'ON>TOUR>AGE' will be hosted by none other than Gareth Jones who will be the official MC, presenter and tour guide, taking viewers behind the scenes and into The Alarm's touring and recording world to interact with band members, and all the other essential characters who make a tour like Sigma LXXXV 2019 possible.

Ever wondered what it’s like to go on tour with a rock band across America?

This summer, the 'ON>TOUR>AGE'  film crew with Gareth Jones as presenter, will hit the road, coast to coast with Mike Peters and The Alarm, taking in 40 shows in 40 cities, broadcasting findings and observations to the world and streaming daily on the Internet.

The Alarm and presenter Gareth Jones are no strangers to the USA, having  first arrived in 1983, as guests of Bono and U2 for the War Tour, creating a constant presence on the continent ever since.

What’s changed? Well,  'ON>TOUR>AGE' in association with Mike Peters and The Alarm, will contrast and compare as they bounce along the interstates and highways, headlining a massive 8 week tour of ballrooms, theatres and festivals.

'ON>TOUR>AGE' will also be co-hosted by Jules Peters - breast cancer survivor and Alarm keyboard player who (along with husband Mike Peters MBE), was the subject of two very recent, high-profile BBC documentaries, including the award winning US movie - Man In The Camo Jacket.

The 'ON>TOUR>AGE' entourage, features a host of formidable and humorous characters such as charismatic drummer Smiley who has performed with Robbie Williams and Joe Strummer. The 'youthful' James Stevenson of Generation X and The Cult (who can lay claim to having played guitar for 72% of the world's bands), not to mention being a connoisseur of fine drinks and vintage instruments.

Also on board are the wildly whacky and mildly eccentric team of American roadies and lampies, who set up the shows, and take down all the gear, night after night after night.

This innovative and intimate podcast series will give unrivalled access to the band and their entourage, telling their unique story and the rock and roll adventures that happen to them, in real time, on film and in vlog / podcast format.

Blasting out daily missives from the road, the truck stops, the diners, record stores and radio stations as they go about their business, not to mention playing concerts at some amazing iconic venues such as Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, where Elvis Presley put together the first three chords of world changing music.

Where will it all end, where will it take them?

Tune in and find out this summer. Available at all podcast online outlets and The Alarm You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUxf6WCerflAEhwtniLeaNg



'ON>TOUR>AGE' - #ontourage



In addition, The Alarm have launched a very special exclusive You Tube Playlist featuring 33 tracks from all three bands - The Alarm, Modern English and Jay Aston's Gene Loves Jezebel that will all feature on this summer's forthcoming Sigma LXXXV Tour 2019.

The Alarm have also recorded their very own special versions of the Modern English classic 'I Melt With You', along with a stripped back reading of the 1983 Gene Loves Jezebel single - 'Screaming For Emmalene'.

 

Both tracks can be heard now exclusively on the official Alarm YouTube Channel and viewed on this page along with a premiere presentation of the widescreen edit of The Alarm classic 'Spirit Of '86', edited and enhanced by Gary Overington.

 

Click here for complete press info and hi-res artwork: http://kenphillipsgroup.com/thealarm.htm



 

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Reissue of The Alarm’s Classic 1985 Album “Strength” Available March 15

 

THE ALARM - Short Biography

The Alarm was made in Wales, UK and by the time of 1981's debut single 'Unsafe Building', featured a daring mix of amped-up acoustic guitars, harmonica and passionate vocals that invited the enduring description “Bob Dylan meets The Clash”. 

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This is the sound of The Alarm that has been heard around the world ever since, with 17 Top 50 UK singles, a host of successful albums and over 6 million album sales worldwide.

Following an initial breakthrough in the USA with 1983's 'The Stand’ (that recently triggered over 1.5 million Spotify hits after featuring in the Netflix’ TV series ‘13 Reasons Why’), alongside the evergreen 'Sixty Eight Guns' that entered into the UK chart soon after, The Alarm headlined their own 'Spirit of '86 Concert' before 26,000 fans in Los Angeles, that was beamed around the world via MTV's first ever live global satellite broadcast.

In the summer of 1991, the demands of the road were at the heart of a very public swan song for the original members at London's Brixton Academy, before the current line up emerged causing worldwide controversy in 2004 through The Poppy Fields 'fake band' escapade. 

Released to conceal their true identity, the Alarm's first single of the millennium - '45 RPM' would ultimately take their signature electro-acoustic sound back into the UK top 40 and even further into the mainstream rock culture of North America via a Headline News TV appearance with Dan Rather.

The Alarm's return was halted almost immediately when, in late 2005, Mike Peters was diagnosed with an incurable cancer (A rare B-cell form of Leukemia), forcing the band into playing select shows, dictated by the chemotherapy / treatment regime that has kept Mike Peters alive ever since.

In January 2006, Mike Peters was given the go ahead to resume normal duties and the group continued with the release of 'Under Attack' and another Top 30 single - 'Superchannel'.

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A year later, Mike Peters founded Love Hope Strength - which is dedicated to 'Saving Lives One Concert At A Time’ and can now lay claim to having registered over 170,000 individuals to the International Bone Marrow Donor Registry through its 'Get On The List' program in the UK / USA.

Despite travelling from relapse to remission and back (as documented by 2017’s award winning US Movie release - ‘Man In the Camo Jacket’), The Alarm family suffered another cruel blow, when Jules Peters (keyboards), was diagnosed with Breast Cancer during filming of a BBC Documentary about the band. Broadcast nationally as ‘Mike and Jules – While We Still Have Time’, the raw footage touched many people’s lives and featured a moving tribute from Bono of U2.

Despite everything, Mike Peters and The Alarm have continued to be creative throughout, and on June 29th, will release a brand new album for 2018 entitled EQUALS. It features 11 songs that individually and collectively document all they have been through in order to stay alive.

The story continues at www.thealarm.com

 

 

 

THE ALARM BIOGRAPHY

On June 28th 2019, The Alarm will release Sigma exactly one year and one day from the release of its prequel – ‘Equals’, which debuted to an array of positive reviews and chart positions all across the board.

Intended as a sequel, Sigma takes up and carries forward the themes that have been expressed since lead singer and songwriter Mike Peters was plunged into a deeply intense period of life, following a relapse from Leukaemia, while his wife Jules’, was also diagnosed and treated for Breast Cancer.

The beginnings of ∑Sigma can be traced back to the origins that fostered Equals, a collection of songs that acted as a retrenchment of original values and a poignant reflection of the tough times the band and it’s fans have had to contend with in recent years. On June 27th 2018, and with The Alarm firing on all cylinders again, the band committed to a vast amount of live concerts in support of the new music they had created, and with over 100 shows played, the emotional repercussions became clear for all to see, though the spirit of life-affirming optimism that fuelled every single show.

It's all there in the music of Equals and now ∑ Sigma,” says Mike. “I didn't set out to write about what we were going through. If there was any music in me, it was going to come out naturally, and that's what happened. I didn't have a guitar by my side as my wife was having surgery for breast cancer and I was navigating the uncharted waters of a clinical trial for a new cancer drug. All I had were these incredibly strong feelings that I found myself putting into words and writing down onto my phone without even thinking they might form the basis for songs. One day, I put the words on the studio floor and realised, I could make sense of them as music.”

With so much material – almost 30 finished songs in all – Mike initially envisaged a double album (which started out under the all-embracing handle of Sigma’s opening cut Blood Red Viral Black). ‘All the songs had a similar emotional core although there are also fundamental differences,’ explains Mike. ‘So I divided the songs into categories - inwards / red / blood / outwards / black / viral. Road-testing the new songs live, helped me decide to release the music in two stages. First as Equals / = with the knowledge that a sequel would come in the form of Sigma / ∑, a year later.’

SIGMA has once again been produced by George Williams (who has worked with Mike and the band throughout this entire period), and opens up with a pulsating rocker in the shape of ‘Blood Red Viral Black’, that features bursts of signature guitar colouring from The Cult’s very own instrumental maestro Billy Duffy (who also supplied the solo on Equals stand out track - ‘Coming Backwards’).

Can You Feel Me’ shows just how deep emotions must have run in the Peters’ household with a lyric fraught by tension and release, while the psychedelic explosion - ‘Brighter Than The Sun’, trips a wire of white heat rock music. ’Time’ with its eternal musical countdown, echoes the fragility and resolve of the human condition. ∑ Sigma comes to an apocalyptic ending with ‘Armageddon In The Morning’ and a solitary piano / vocal reprise of ‘Two Rivers’ (a song that spans and connects both albums), only this time, with a completely different lyric and musical focus, bringing unity and closure to all of the themes and explorations.

Sigma utilises the vast array of instrumentation that The Alarm currently has at its disposal, with guitarist James Stevenson (who has also performed guitar duties for Gene Loves Jezebel, The Cult, Scott Walker and Tony Visconti’s Holy Holy), playing both guitar and bass though a unique combination of pedals, double neck, six and four string instrumentation. Charismatic drummer Smiley drives the rhythm unit with a traditional acoustic drum kit augmented by electric percussion and diverse tribal beats. Pianist Jules Peters deploys a wide-ranging palette of orchestral string and synthesised tones, along with pure pianoforte for some of the stripped down sections the songs demand. Throughout, Mike Peters is at the forefront with his impassioned vocal delivery and ever changing use of electro-acoustic instrumentation, custom developed by British luthiers Auden Guitars, to represent the beating heart of the group’s signature sound.

'When we started, one of the things that set us apart from other groups was the way we put electric pickups into acoustic guitars,' says Mike. ‘For both Equals and Sigma, I created the ultimate, custom-made Alarm guitar – one with an electric pickup that could also be played acoustically. I also experiment with loop pedals and other effects. I use a lot of old / new school technology to create sound and creative situations that I can respond to musically. In the rehearsal room, I learnt to create the sound of a full band while I was turning the ∑ SIGMA lyrics into songs. The technology set me free.'

SIGMA is the latest chapter in an inspirational story that has seen The Alarm sell six million albums while clocking up 17 Top Fifty singles in the UK. Formed in 1981 in the Welsh seaside resort of Rhyl, The Alarm broke through on the back of the singles Unsafe Building, The Stand, Sixty Eight Guns and Where Were You Hiding When The Storm Broke?, their music a passionate blend of amped-up acoustic guitars, harmonica and Mike's stirring voice. A string of successful albums saw them bracketed alongside U2, The Waterboys, Simple Minds and Big Country as part of Eighties rock's distinctive Celtic fringe. After an emotional swansong at Brixton Academy in 1991, the original line-up splintered, with Mike going it alone and joining forces with Billy Duffy in a short-lived band called Coloursøund. The lingering allure of his old group proved hard to resist, however, and Peters entered a new millennium back at the helm of The Alarm. The group's activities since that 1999 re-launch have included an ambitious album project, the Poppy Fields Bond, that saw them release five studio albums of original material in the first five months of 2003 and a 'fake band' escapade the following year in which they concealed their true identity by releasing a single, 45 RPM, as The Poppy Fields. They created a global news story when the song unexpectedly hit the UK charts. Mike Peters was diagnosed with Chronic Leukaemia in 2005 and although disabled from touring, still managed to continue making new music through the albums Guerilla Tactics and Direct Action which was followed in 2018 with the release of ‘Equals’, charting on both sides of the Atlantic.

Mike Peters is also co-founder of the Love Hope Strength Cancer Foundation and after taking musicians to many of the world’s most iconic mountain locations to perform fund raising concerts (Everest, Kilimanjaro, Snowdon), signing up over 200,000 people to the stem cell donor registry that has resulted in over 4,500 potentially lifesaving matches for blood cancer patients who need a second chance of life, Mike Peters was recently awarded the MBE (Most Honourable Member of the British Empire), by HRH Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.

Mike Peters is a man who refuses to be beaten and his drive in the face of adversity is inspiring to many.

All I have ever tried to do in my life as a musician and songwriter’, says Mike. “Is to write honestly and openly. I never thought my personal life would become so wrapped up with the lifeblood of The Alarm and the charity Love Hope Strength. ‘Sigma’ exists for that reason, it’s about the will to stay alive, the summation of all that I am, and all that I have to give'.

 

THE ALARM – TIMELINE

The Alarm was made in Wales, UK and by the time of 1981's debut single 'Unsafe Building', featured a daring mix of amped-up acoustic guitars, harmonica and passionate vocals that invited the enduring description “Bob Dylan meets The Clash”. 

This is the sound of The Alarm that has been heard around the world ever since, with 17 Top 50 UK singles, a host of successful albums and over 6 million sales worldwide, a career that has also seen founding member Mike Peters sing on stage with Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen and U2.

In fact, The Alarm scored their first chart success in the USA in 1983 with 'The Stand', before flying back from America to make their first UK TV appearance on Top Of The Pops, notching up their first British chart hit with the rousing 'Sixty Eight Guns’. The hit 'Where Were You Hiding When the Storm Broke?' was to follow in early 1984 before the release of their debut LP, ‘Declaration', which went to Number 6 on the UK chart.

The Alarm's second album, 'Strength' (the title track becoming The Alarm's first U.S. Top 40 hit), was released in 1985 and spawned the autobiographical 'Spirit of '76'. It was at this time The Alarm made history by playing the world's very first global satellite concert, live from Los Angeles. An estimated audience of 26,000 fans turned up on the day for the original ‘Spirit Of ‘86’ concert that was ultimately watched by millions around the world. The set list included all The Alarm’s greatest hits of the time such as ‘The Stand, ‘Absolute Reality, ‘Sixty Eight Guns’, ‘Strength’ and ‘Spirit Of ‘76’, songs that would see The Alarm break North America on a grand scale.

The 1987 album, 'Eye Of The Hurricane', followed with the international hit, 'Rain In The Summertime', backed by a series of world tours (including an extended US outing with Bob Dylan). The release of the band's first live mini album 'Electric Folklore', furthered The Alarm's reputation for engaging live shows.

'Change', The Alarm's fourth studio album was released in late 1989), and the band saw out the '80’s with a sell-out concert in New York City were they were joined on stage by Neil Young to perform 'Rockin' In the Freeworld'. 'Change' went on to become a hit on both sides of the Atlantic, with 'A New South Wales' reaching the UK Top 40 in 1990 and 'Sold Me Down the River' becoming a U.S. Number 1 Rock Hit.

'Raw' was the last record to feature the original line-up of the band when, in the summer of 1991, the demands of the road were at the heart of a very public swan song at London's Brixton Academy. 

A decade of solo action followed with guitarist Dave Sharp releasing 'Hard Travelling' in the month after Brixton and (following a relocation to New Orleans later in 1994), a second solo album - Downtown America.

In 1992, The Alarm became one of the first bands to have a dedicated internet site www.thealarm.com when Mike Peters registered the domain and to coincide, founded ‘The Gathering’, an 'Alarm' event held in North Wales which now attracts fans from all over the world.

Throughout the rest of the nineties, Mike Peters went on to establish himself as a respected solo artist with the release of the independent long player 'Breathe' in 1994 (Number 5 on album chart), followed by 'Feel Free' (1996) and 'Rise' (1998), two records which would document Mike Peters first engagement with the cancer (Leukaemia), that has followed him throughout life ever since. The recording sessions for 'Rise' featured a guest collaboration with the then ex-The Cult guitarist Billy Duffy and in 1998 the two created a short lived band called Coloursøund which (following an appearance at SXSW), attracted widespread interest within the music industry. A headline gig at London's LA2 was seen by original Alarm bass player Eddie Macdonald and The Cult vocalist Ian Astbury. Soon after The Cult was back together and reiginiting their career by playing at the new Woodstock Festival and an album of Coloursøund demos was released retrospectively.

In 1999, Peters went on to record a fourth solo album that formed the soundtrack to the stage play - 'Flesh & Blood', the recording sessions saw Mike Peters reunite with original Alarm song writing partner Eddie Macdonald. Following this collaboration, Mike Peters and Eddie Macdonald decided to reconvene as - The Alarm (without, but with the blessing of Dave Sharp and drummer Nigel Twist). Originally billed as The Alarm MM, the reconstituted band featured Mike Peters and Eddie Macdonald, backed by members of the Mike Peters solo band, namely guitarist James Stevenson (Gen X, Gene Loves Jezebel, The Cult), bass player Craig Adams (Sisters Of Mercy, The Mission, The Cult) and drummer Steve Grantley (Stiff Little Fingers).

The band's first dates were with fellow Celt Rockers - Big Country but after just eight dates including a concert at London's Shepherds Bush Empire, Eddie Macdonald decided to quit, leaving Mike Peters to forge a path that would lead to the release of new Alarm music.

In 2000, 'The Alarm Complete Collection’ box set was released, bringing together The Alarm’s entire 1980's musical output into a nine-CD box set, along with a bonus ‘audio dedication’ CD personally recorded by Mike Peters.

In 2003, and in just 5 months, the 'In The Poppy Fields Bond' was written, recorded and released (via the alarm.com website). A massive five album, 59 song set, that allowed the new line up to come of age with new music of its own and ready to face the world as a creative force once again.

In late 2003, the cameras of VH1 struck and brought the original band members together to perform for the show Bands Re-United at La Scala in Kings Cross. In the aftermath, everyone once again, went their separate ways with Mike Peters taking the 'new' Alarm back to the USA for the 'The Alarm Make A Stand In The USA Tour', which involved the band playing New York, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles on a weekly basis over one month.

In 2004, The Alarm's first brand new single of the millennium - '45 RPM' would ultimately take their signature electro-acoustic sound into the UK top 40, into the mainstream rock culture of North America causing worldwide controversy at the same time.

'The Poppy Fields' "fake band" escapade was conceived to conceal the identity of The Alarm from a media concerned with only playing brand new bands and brand new music.

The true identity of The Alarm was eventually revealed by the BBC on Top Of The Pops and instantly triggered a rush of global media exposure, culminating in a US TV appearance on CBS Headline News with Dan Rather.

Following this unlikely success, a new record deal with EMI was signed although The Alarm's return to prominence was halted almost immediately when, in late 2005, Mike Peters was re-diagnosed with an incurable cancer (A rare B-cell form of Leukemia), forcing the band into playing select shows only, dictated by the chemotherapy / treatment regime that has kept Mike Peters alive ever since.

In January 2006, Mike Peters was given the go ahead to resume touring duties and the group continued with the release of 'Under Attack' which was bolstered by another Top 30 record in the shape of 'Superchannel' and live anthem Without A Fight'.

In that same year, Mike Peters was honored with a lifetime achievement award at the Welsh Music Awards and also coming eleventh in a Welsh Assembly Government-backed poll of the top 100 Welsh heroes. 

Whilst continuing with a lengthy rehabilitation program of constant chemotherapy throughout 2007, Mike Peters founded the Love Hope Strength charity which is dedicated to 'Saving Lives - One Concert At A Time’ and now firmly established as one of the world’s leading rock and roll cancer foundations with over 3,500 lives potentially saved through its 'Get On The List' program.

At the beginning of 2008, Mike Peters and The Alarm recorded an Eight EP Collection - 'The Counter Attack Collective', that gave birth to the single album 'Guerilla Tactics' that was released on the day Mike Peters performed an 'pop up' concert in New York's Times Square. The album's opening cut 'Three Sevens Clash' was released to American Rock Radio and made it's way into the top 5.

In 2010, the Direct Action album followed with the cover version of 'One Guitar', that would later be performed by Bruce Springsteen along with writer Willie Nile, and a guest appearance from Mike Peters. The 'Direct Action' tour saw the band tour North America and the U.K. only this time (following the departure of Steve Grantley to take up a full time role with Stiff Little Fingers), with new permanent drummer 'Smiley'  from Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros.

The ‘Sound and the Fury’ album was released in 2011 to mark The Alarm's 30th Anniversary. The ‘Sound and the Fury’ featured re-workings of songs from all eras of the band’s history. 

On New Years Eve in that same year, Mike Peters walked out onto the stage at Glasgow's ABC to take up guest vocal duties with Big Country and sing for his long time friend and original Big Country vocalist / guitarist - the late Stuart Adamson, whom Mike had met onstage while performing with U2 back in 1983.  

Mike Peters continued to tour with Big Country throughout 2012/13, going so far as to record an album of original material entitled 'The Journey' that was received enthusiastically by fans and critics alike. 2

013 was also the year of the cinematic release of the Alarm / Poppy Fields inspired movie - 'Vinyl' starring Phil Daniels (Quadrophenia/Blur), Keith Allen, Perry Benson and Jamie Blackley. Rreleased to British cinemas nationwide the 'Vinyl' - Soundtrack Album and Tour featured a collection of brand new Alarm music composed specifically for the film such as the movie's recurring theme song 'Free Rock And Roll' which was recorded by The Alarm with 'Vinyl' star Phil Daniels on guest vocals.

In 2014/15 respectively, The 30th Anniversary of The Alarm albums - Declaration (2014) and Strength (2015), were acknowledged with the release of newly recorded collections (including companion discs 'Peace Train' and 'Majority' respectively).

The new recordings centred on re-imagined takes of all the songs and b-sides from each period. A two year commitment to constant touring from Mike Peters, featured full length presentations of each of the albums via a unique one-one man band 'Mike Peters presents The Alarm' stage show that took Mike Peters all around the world.

In April 2014, the reworked 'Declaration' album was presented 'live' on BBC Wales with a stripped back 'acoustic / orchestral' version of The Alarm and the Welsh Symphony Orchestra. A surprise video message from all the members of U2 singing Alarm anthem 'Blaze Of Glory', went viral on the internet.

A second concert to celebrate the anniversary of the 'Strength' album took place at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff in October 2015 with The Alarm again, backed by a huge orchestra (conducted by arranger John Quirk). The event was filmed and recorded for release as Poppies Falling From The Sky', which took it's title from the moment when millions of red poppies literally fell ‘from the sky’, and down on to the unsuspecting audience during the finale.

The 'Spirit of '86 event was revisited in 2016 as 'Mike Peters presents The Alarm' concert experience returned to UCLA, (the scene of the original MTV broadcast), and performed the exact same setlist at the James Bridges Theatre. An exhaustive tour followed with The Alarm making it's first ever appearance at Glastonbury Festival. 

That summer, Mike Peters wife Jules, was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and tour dates had to be cancelled. The BBC filmed events surrounding the Peters family in real time and created the documentary 'Mike and Jules - While We Still Have Time', which also featured contributions from long time family friend Bono from U2. Whilst caring for his wife during this tense time, Mike Peters poured his feelings into song and before the year came to close, took The Alarm back into the recording studio to work on the new material.

2017 opened with a 25th Anniversary Gathering event (that was recorded by the BBC for a National Television Broadcast), and two first ever Gathering events in both New York and Los Angeles. Both the US Gathering events featured guest appearances (from Billy Duffy of The Cult in L.A.), and David Bowie producer Tony Visconti joining the band in New York to perform 'Sold Me Down The River' that he had originally produced in 1989. 

The US Gathering events also coincided with premiere screenings of the Mike Peters, Alarm, Love Hope Strength movie 'Man In The Camo Jacket', which received numerous awards on the American Film Festival Circuit and was also screened at the Grammy Museum in Hollywood. A vinyl edition of the movie soundtrack was released on Record Store Day with the band performing live at stores in California and with Jules Peters now in remission and on keyboards, the band joined up with the Vans Warped Tour for select US, for an 8 week 59 date coast to coast run including a special night at The Chapel, San Francisco during which the group were joined on stage by original drummer Nigel Twist.

A UK October Tour (with original Alarm guitarist Dave Sharp joining as special guest), would see The Alarm play out one of the most creative years in it’s history. A new album and tour dates are expected for 2018.

 

 

 

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