The Alarm begin their latest adventures on the stages of the UK as special guests of The Stranglers at a ‘Sold Out’ Concert Hall in Perth this evening.
The Black & White Tour 2016 promises to be an exciting ride for all fans who attend, with both bands promising shows of high energy and intensity.
A clearly excited Mike Peters had this to say when talking with thealarm.com during the soundcheck.
“It’s amazing to be finally here in Perth and I’m so looking forward to the whole Black & White tour. The Stranglers are long time friends and have been so accommodating to The Alarm, treating us with the utmost respect every step of the way. The Stranglers themselves, sounded superb on the soundcheck and have a very eye catching stage set and song list to back it all up. The tour crew are the most friendly I have ever encountered in all my years of playing and J.J. and singer Baz have been looking after us personally, and making sure we have all we need to represent The Alarm as people expect. It is very refreshing, there is no cynicism, it is all good natured and everyone pulling together to make the tour work from the first minute to the last.
The Stranglers have also kindly allowed Love Hope Strength Foundation to be at all the shows on the tour, swabbing cheeks and hopefully saving lives through the ‘Get On The List’ campaign by signing people up to the international bone marrow donor registry. Let’s hope that together we can save lives – one concert at a time.
On a personal level, being able to perform for 45 minutes a night is a great opportunity to build and enhance my rehabilitation back to full health after the recent relapse of Leukaemia. Last week, Dr Edwards told me that my blood count is the “best it has been for a long time” and so, with one eye on my next remission, I have my oral chemo for company and an immunotherapy session booked in for March 24th. To further build up my fitness, I will be out running most days and aiming high for the ‘Spirit Of ’86’ tour that will follow in April May.
Being with Craig, Smiley and James (Mark Taylor will join us later in the tour), has brought so many memories back from The Gathering just past and we have already established the instant rapport that all bands must have to take onto the stage ready to mix it up with audiences from all corners of the land. We are planning something special for late November / December so stay tuned and hopefully see you somewhere on the Black & White Tour”.
Here’s a photo from the soundcheck taken by the alarm.com’s roving cameraman Andy Labrow.