The Red Poppy Tour has come to an end in the UK with another sell-out show and a whole range of songs being performed from the Mike Peters catalogue and beyond!! From Chester, Treorchy, London, Doncaster and Newcastle we are pleased to present another set of photos documenting some amazing shows and Mike fabulous and much talked about shirt! London proved to be an eventful show, starting acoustically in the audience and [read more]
Dear All I have just come off stage in York, England having received a donation of £1799 made out to Love Hope Strength Foundation. The gentleman who climbed up onto the stage to present the cheque (Dave Anderson of Motonovo Finance), is typical of every single member of our 5 year old Love Hope Strength family in that he has been driven to make a difference in the fight against [read more]
The Red Poppy Tour has now been on the road for a month. This week Mike Peters enters the last week of the UK leg of The Red Poppy Tour, with shows in Chester, Treorchy, London, Doncaster and Newcastle. For photos from last weeks shows in York, Liverpool, Sheffield and Worcester, please watch the slideshow here.
We are pleased to announce four shows as part of the Red Poppy Tour in Norway. The tour in Norway last year went really well and the tour diary of the event can be viewed here. Details can be found in the tour can be seen in the concerts section.
For those that have attended any of the shows on Mike’s Red Poppy Tour, you will already know that the gigs has have been amazing, with great comments on social media and very positive reviews in the press. Here is a 5* review by Ian Hall from ‘Liverpool Sound And Vision‘. “he gave the audience that came to watch him in the o2 Academy a night they shall never forget”.
I suppose I can safely say that my Alarm Story goes back further than most. About five years ago I learned than my parents and Mikes’ used to go out dancing together in Rhyl before we were actually born. That’s pretty early by my books. We could even have been next to each other whilst in the womb. Anyway, a bit later on, we both attended Christ Church Primary school [read more]
The Mike Peters solo acoustic Red Poppy Tour has reached the half way point of the UK leg of the tour with amazing gigs in Birmingham, Derby, Oxford, Bristol and Exeter. Check out the photos here and a great review below from the local press. Open Mike Night Mike Peters continues to entertain a warmly appreciative fanbase. Lee Downing saw his latest visit to Birmingham. Mike Peters, leader of internationally [read more]
The Red Poppy Tour continues across the county, with the most recent shows in Wrexham, Otley, Edinburgh and Glasgow showcasing songs not played for a long time! If you get the chance to pop along to one of the dates, it could be your chance to hear anything from the Mike Peters catalogue of work! Photos from the recent shows are now available to view in this slideshow. We also [read more]
Twenty First Century is proud to announce details of The Alarm ‘Vinyl Tour’ 2013! Read on for all the latest on Vinyl, the movie, the soundtrack album and the Tour!!! THE ALARM ‘VINYL TOUR’ 2013 Feb 28TH – BOURNEMOUTH O2 Academy 0844 477 2000 Mar 01ST – CARDIFF University 02920 230130. Mar 02ND – LIVERPOOL O2 Academy 0844 477 2000 Mar 03RD – SHEFFIELD O2 Academy 0844 477 2000 Mar [read more]
Following on from a successful Pinktober sold out concert at Edinburgh Hard Rock last week, Mike Peters looks forward to returning to Scotland for 2 special shows in Edinburgh and Glasgow this weekend, following on from last night’s sold out show in Otley. The Red Poppy Tour is proving to be a huge success. Please read the reviews below: Amazing nite in Wrexham. Arwel Williams Brilliant night in Manchester. Mandy [read more]
Firstly I would like to apologise for my memory. Getting things in chronological order has never been my strong point. The years might be out but trust me this is all true. (Well as true as the alcohol I consumed allowed me to remember it as the truth) My first encounter with The Alarm was late 1984 early 1985 Declaration tour. Guys I went to school with twisted my arm [read more]
The ‘Vinyl’ film is getting great press and critical response and recently won ‘Best Feature’ and ‘Best Screenplay’ awards at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival in Hollywood. All of us here at www.thealarm.com would like to congratulate director Sara Sugarman and scriptwriter Jim Cooper as we look forward to the British opening date of March 15th 2013. In the next few weeks there are several showings at two film [read more]
I just wanted to write and say that I have loved the music of the Alarm for a very long time. The first cassette tape I ever got (admittedly, I was a bit late to the music scene) was Declaration. I remember my older sister had this mix tape that some boy had made her and there two songs by the Alarm, one which I never found on the albums [read more]
My Alarm Story – Dave Chinery(Chinners) My Alarm story starts back in 1985 when I stumbled across a little known Irish band called ‘U2’ who were beamed into my living room while they performed on stage at ‘Live Aid’, no really sure what it was about them but something just struck a cord with me when I heard the guitar piece during ‘Bad’, I rushed down to the local ‘Our [read more]
The Red Poppy Tour started with bang on Friday, with packed shows in Keighley and Manchester. Click here to see photos from the shows, and check out the upcoming dates below. Nov 1st – Wrexham, Central Station Nov 2nd – Korks, Otley Nov 3rd – Edinburgh The Electric Circus Nov 4th – Glasgow, King Tuts Nov 7th – Birmingham 02 Academy Nov 8th – Derby, Flowerpot Nov 9th – Oxford, [read more]
The BYUtv programme “Mike Peters- The Song That Changed My Life” is now available to watch on demand, or via the media player below. The show can now be watched direct from the web at BYUTV.org www.thesongthatchangedmylife.com
My name is marcus, I am living near cologne/germany. in june 1984 I had a girlfriend from the North of London, she lived few years in cologne (hello Cheryl J). it was a great time and we watched a lot of concerts in the aera. one evening she showed me a poster an said “oh look the alarm playing”. I said no, not a concert again ! “. but for all that, we [read more]
Mike Peters Red Poppy Tour – Tickets selling fast! Korks Otley SOLD OUT!! As the Red Poppy Tour beckons, please be aware that tickets are selling fast and a few shows are near sell out, following on from Korks Otley which has been sold out for weeks! Mike is currently in the studio, finishing off mixing the new MPO releases (to be released, November 2012) and recording the Big Country [read more]
My first experience with The Alarm was at the age of 21 on German television. Since 1977 the Rockpalast, a German radio and TV driven initiative, has organized the so-called Rocknacht twice a year in Essen. Up to 4 rock music bands appeared in a single night, which could last until 5am the other day. Every Rocknacht was entirely broadcasted on television, and on radio as well. In Germany a [read more]
1968 Gibson ES 335 12 string – serial number 951338 The 45RPM guitar. James Stevenson tells us the story behind the iconic Gibson guitar used on the 45RPM song. I was at a vintage guitar show at The Hard Rock in Las Vegas in 2002 (I know, I know, I’m spoilt!) when I spotted this guitar for sale. The 335 12 string is uncommon but not really rare – but [read more]
My Alarm Story The first record I ever bought was the excellent Stray Cats first album. But the first single I bought was “The Stand” when I was 15. My friends Esa and Stefan and I were amazed by the power of that song and my lifelong love to the band started that day. Then came “Declaration” which still today is my favourite album and one of the best debut [read more]
Dear Alarm Community, It is with great pleasure that we introduce you to Joe Silva, who will be appearing as Special Guest on Mike Peters’ forthcoming UK Red Poppy Tour. Please read on to discover more about Joe and his link with Mike and The Alarm. We look forward to seeing you all on the Red Poppy Tour which promises to be a memorable way to celebrate 30 years of [read more]
Here at MPO, we are delighted to share with you, a 30 second trailer for ‘The Song That Changed My Life’. The episode will debut on Monday Oct 15 at 8PM & 11PM Mtn ( Oct 16 3am & 6 am London) on BYUTV or via web at BYUTV.org Re-broadcast again on Wednesday Oct 17 at 6:30PM & 9:30PM Mtn. (Oct 18 1:30 am & 3:30 am London) on BYUTV or via web [read more]
Big Country’s Bruce Watson, Mike Peters and Jamie Watson will perform a special one-off Big Country Acoustic set in support of Hard Rock Edinburgh’s Pinktober. Breast Cancer charity fundraising festival on Thursday, October 25th, 2012. Tickets are available from Hard Rock, Edinburgh direct or online at www.ticketweb.co.uk Big Country Acoustic (feat. Bruce Watson, Mike Peters & Jamie Watson) at Hard Rock, Edinburgh, Thursday October 25th 2012 The Journey starts here…. [read more]
Accidently Unsafe Back in 1979 through to 1983 at school I was a massive fan of three things. West Ham United FC. 2000 AD comics and punk rock! SLF were my favorite band and without me blatantly plagiarizing “barbed wire love” and “suspect device” in exam papers I would have probably never have passed my English Language and Literature “O” levels with B grades (Hanx Jake!) By 84 SLF were [read more]
We have five additional tour tour dates to add to The Red Poppy 30th Anniversary Tour 2012. Nov 1st Wrexham, Central Station Nov 3rd Edinburgh The Electric Circus Nov 4th Glasgow, King Tuts Nov 22nd Treorchy, Rhondda, Park & Dare Theatre, Nov 24th Doncaster, The Leopard Check out the ‘concerts‘ section for full info including ticketing details of all 20 shows
We have a new feature on the Love Hope Strength website called My Love Hope Strength Story, we begin with Lincoln Woolsey…. Please check www.lovehopestrengthfoundation.co.uk for further stories in the near future. MPO/Big Country/Love Hope Strength was delighted to welcome the winner of the LHS Auction, Lincoln Woolsey, on board, last weekend. Lincoln pledge of £6600 in total to join Mike and Big Country in Fort William on Sunday, followed [read more]
A huge thank you to all the trekkers who supported Love Hope Strength at the weekend. Following on from Snowdon the week before, Mike and over 150 trekkers climbed Ben Nevis. It was a tough climb and everyone performed amazingly, despite the fast pace and difficult climb. The team was rewarded by a very moving performance at the summit, where Mike read a list of those people that had been [read more]
Big Country headlined Solfest in Cumbria after a marathon weekend which involved climbing Ben Nevis, performing at Pink Pop in Holland and headlining back in England at Solfest. It was an emotional moment as it marked the last of the festivals for the Summer. If you missed Mike and Big Country this Summer, you can tune in to Sky Arts Friday August 31st at 9pm for highlights of the Cropredy [read more]
Lydia, a longstanding LHS supporter, has set herself an amazing challenge this year. Read about her challenge in her own words, and if you have never donated to LHS before and feel moved by the dedication of Lydia, please feel free to donate to her challenge and the support of The Love Hope Strength Foundation through her just giving page. A bit about me…. I have been an Alarm fan [read more]
This weekend sees an amazing event taking place at Ben Nevis. On Friday night the Celtic Supergroup will take to the stage at the BA Club in Fort William, featuring Mike Peters (The Alarm/Big Country), James Stevenson (The Alarm), Smiley (The Alarm), Bruce Watson (Big Country), Jamie Watson (Big County) and Derek Forbes (ex Simple Minds). This one off gig really will be a treat for everyone who can make [read more]
My love/obsession for all things Alarm can be traced back to September 1983, when the 15 year old Pete first heard the classic ’68 guns’ on TVam just before leaving for school. The breakfast programme always showed a clip of a music video just before the weather forecast/news and Wincey the Weather (the presenter) was caught dancing when the video ended! The uplifting tune, coupled with the spiky hair and [read more]
Snowdon Rocked Yesterday saw Mike Peters, his family, a collection of musicians, and dozens of Love Hope Strength supporters, make the trek to the top of Mount Snowdon in Wales. The original event in the LHS calender it remains the closest to Mike heart, as it was taking his fight to this summit that kicked it all off! Check out the Love Hope Strength Website for more info about this [read more]
The Story of Love Hope Strength on CBS News in USA! Please take a moment to click on the link below to read all about the fantastic work of Love Hope Strength! Thanks to all of you LHS supporters for helping make our dreams a reality. www.cbsnews.com With love, hope and strength, Mike & Jules Peters xxxx
Mike Peters and Big Country played one of their best sets ever at Fairport Cropredy Convention in Oxfordshire to a sell out 30,000 crowd on Sat, 11th August, 2012. Please click on You Tube links below and view photos and set list below for a flavour of the performance…. Big Country play their last 2 Summer Festivals at Pink Pop in Holland on 25/8/12 (after Mike has climbed Ben Nevis [read more]
The Big Country show at Scone palace last month was a fabulous event. Please check out Jules’s personal facebook (Access All Areas) photos from the event on her facebook page.
The Olympic Celebration Concert, “Access All Eirias”, at The Eirias stadium in Colwyn Bay, North Wales was a fantastic success. The weather, unlike at many festivals, stayed sunny, and a great mix of acts wowed the North Wales crowd. Click here to see our photos of Access All Eirias
As part of the Olympic day celebrations at the Access All Eirias event in North Wales, Mike was interviewed twice for the BBC, with this segment being broadcast via BBC Wales. A report was also available on the national and world service, and we will publish that if it becomes available. Just just watch the interview when Mike was interviewed with Sophie Evans, scroll half way down this BBC news [read more]
We are adding a new section called ‘Alarmemorabilia’ to the web site which will feature the occasional piece about a guitar, poster or item of historic ‘Alarm’ clothing as demonstrated by Mike Peters at various Gatherings in recent years. The section begins with news of a very famous ‘Alarm’ Amplifier that is currently for sale via eBay or in person at Angel Music in Denmark Street, London The 50 watt [read more]
Mike meets Prince Andrew at the British Open Golf Competition at St Lytham & Annes. Prince Andrew watched Dylan and Evan in a putting competition. Maybe, the Prince will turn up at the next Alarm show in London, rumored to be next March…
Mike with Big Country had an amazing weekend at Hard Rock Calling, and had a great interview and session with Absolute Radio. photo – Absolute Radio You can listen to the session here and watch the interview here. Mike and Jules have shared their personal photos from the weekend which hopefully will give you a birds eye view of the Hard Rock calling Festival. Please view Jules Facebook photos here [read more]
Big Country to perform at Rewind! Big Country are to play the Rewind Festival at Scone Palace, Perth, Scotland on Saturday 21st July. The festival will be playing host to some of the greatest acts from the 80’s. http://www.rewindfestival.com/lineup/view/artist/69/big-country http://www.rewindfestival.com/
Mike Peters of The Alarm Red Poppy 30th Anniversary Tour 2012 Mike Peters, lead singer and songwriter of internationally acclaimed Welsh band The Alarm will this year embark on a huge 30 date acoustic World Tour, celebrating 30 years of The Alarm’s distinctive Red Poppy. The exploding Red Poppy made it’s iconic debut on the band’s ‘Marching On’ single (released via the IRS Record label back in 1982) and has featured in [read more]
Thurs July 5th – 15 Free pairs of tickets to see Vinyl Premiere in New York! Vinyl in New York! 15 Free pairs of tickets to see Vinyl in New York! MPO is delighted to announce that we have 15 free pairs of tickets to see the Vinyl Premiere in New York! Please send your request to email@example.com – Please put “Vinyl” in the subject The Alarm Team will reply to [read more]
The Country Club reporter Scoop Edwards has been updating the Big Country website with the inside view of the Isle of Wight show. Big Country – Isle Of Wight Main Stage Big Country produced a stirring set at the 2012 Isle of Wight Festival, bringing the sunshine and lifting the spirits of a vast crowd soaked by two previous days of torrential rain. As the band stormed into their second [read more]
Latest press news for Vinyl. More details of the New York premiere will be released soon. Online version of the article available via www.dailypost.co.uk
News and media from the Big Country show at the Isle of Wight festival. From the manor to a mud bath! Downton’s Elizabeth McGovern takes to the stage at the Isle of Wight – and still looks like a Lady. Read more: www.dailymail.co.uk Downton Abbey’s Lady Cora Rocks Fans Read more: www.express.co.uk Check out the audio with photos on the Absolute Radio website.
Mike Peters in the USA – July 4th – Independence Day Concert @ Maxwells, Hoboken, New Jersey MPO is delighted to announce a special one off Independence Day Concert in New Jersey on July 4th at legendary Maxwell’s. Tickets are available via TicketFly
For the latest Vinyl / Mike Peters / Big Country piece on the WalesOnline news site, please click the link to view Mike talking about the current plans for the Vinyl film. Click here to view the article
During a recent stock search, we have unearthed a number of CD’s which we had thought were out-of-print. We have now added to the store the triple CD soundtrack from the legendary millennium Gathering show. CLICK HERE TO ORDER The CD is a numbered limited edition, and features 3 colour coded CDs covering the acoustic and electric sets (set list below). Disc One – [Silver] Into The 21st Century Absolute [read more]
Sarah Champion talks to Tony and Mike from Big Country before their ‘Road to Hard Rock Calling’ gig at the Vault at London’s Hard Rock Cafe. Just prior to the intimate and amazing show from the iconic London venue, Sarah talks to Mike and Tony about the past aspects of the band and the future of Big Country. Watch the Video
‘Ask Simon’, our very own Gathering concierge, reflects on the Gathering 20. Please read on and savour every moment of Simon’s memories of the Gathering 20 and anticipate the excitement of G21 to come next January! An AskSimon view of Gathering 20 It’s a really strange feeling wandering around Pontins pre Gathering. All that space and all that silence and knowing that in a few days time it will be full of [read more]
James Stevenson is out on the road again. The International Swingers are hitting the west coast of the USA for 8 shows. The International Swingers feature Clem Burke, Glen Matlock, James Stevenson & Gary Twinn. If you are on the West Coast it’ll be a real treat…get your alarm shirts on and give James a wave!! Check out the facebook page for more info: https://www.facebook.com/TheInternationalSwingers
Alarm keyboard wiz Mark Taylor has been busying himself of late. He has an occasional blog called Rock ‘n’ Roll Recipes which he would like to share, please check it out. Mark has also been busy recording with Brian James, founder member of The Damned and band mate of Marks in Lords of the New Church. The resulting album, Grand Cru – Chateau Brian is available on EasyAction and has received [read more]
Ben Nevis Rocks, Scotland and Pink Pop Festival, Holland, all in one day! This year’s inaugural Ben Nevis Rocks will begin on Friday 24th August with an acoustic charity concert at the historic Inverlochy Castle (weather permitting), and indoors at the adjoining BA Club in Fort William. The Ben Nevis Rocks acoustic concert will feature unplugged sets from Mike Peters & The Alarm, Bruce & Jamie Watson of Big Country [read more]
On Saturday 26th May, Mike Peters played a festival rousing set at the Acoustic Festival of Britain. A hot sunny afternoon in Staffordshire led to large crowds at Uttoxeter racecourse and Mike was in fine voice for a selection of Mike Peters, Alarm and Big Country hits. A great day and a fantastic festival. Check out the photos here
This just in from Country Club Reporter – Scoop Edwards! As the summer sun beats down on the British Countryside, Big Country have been hard at it in their favoured rehearsal space putting the finishing touches to some brand new songs as well as contemplating set lists for their forthcoming ‘Crossing The Solent’ Tour and another summer of prestigious festival appearances. On Sunday May 20th, the band were joined by [read more]
My Alarm story began in 1983. I was 15 years of age and heard this amazing song being played on Radio 1 in the UK. A couple of weeks later I got to see my first glimpse of the passion and energy that is The Alarm. They were on national TV on BBC1’s Top of the Pops programme. They were the coolest thing I had ever seen. Using money from [read more]
The ‘In The Poppy Fields’ blog recently did an interview with our very own James Stevenson, Click here to check it out
In 1984 a friend lent me an album. On the cover were four spiky-haired, punk-looking young men. I didn’t have (nor have ever had) spiky hair. I didn’t really like (and still don’t to be honest) punk. I listened to the album. “Take this song of freedom, put it on and arm yourself for the fight. Our hearts must have the courage to keep on marching on and on.” How could a [read more]
99 New Potential Life Saving Matches for Love Hope Strength! Get on the List At Love Hope Strength, we run donor drives all over the USA (and more recently we have begun hosting donor drives in the UK). The exciting news is that we have just LOCATED 99 NEW MATCHES!!!! Most importantly, this brings us to 242 potentially life-saving matches that have now been located thanks to GET ON THE [read more]
The latest news on Vinyl features in the OC Weekly in California (which is like a West Coast version of the New York Village Voice. Read on and enjoy! Click for the article on the OC Weekly website
My name is Fabiola I live in Santiago de Chile. I met Alarm in 1988, with Rain in the Summertime, a worldwide hit, which sounded loud in Chile at these days. I was 17. I can remember when I bought the Eye of the Hurricane cd, the guy on the record store, one of the only selling cd at that time in Santiago, had only one copy, from his personal [read more]
I’d like to introduce you to a new section of www.thealarm.com ‘My Alarm Story’ As part of my MPO (The Alarm Office) duties, I deal with thousands of Alarm fans from all over the world. I remain humbled and amazed to receive incredible emails from Alarm fans and each time, I am always interested to hear how and why they remain Alarm fans to this day. You all have different stories [read more]
8th July 2012 www.themfest.com @TheMFEST M Fest takes place at Harewood House over the weekend of 7 and 8 July 2012. Line Up already confirmed include: Texas The Human League Bob Geldof Matt Cardle Beverley Knight From the Jam The Low Suns The Blockheads Cher Lloyd Clement Marfo and the Frontline Paul Heaton performing the 8th Glen Matlock Secret Affair Missing Andy Mike Peters The Levellers Inspiral Carpets Paul Heaton [read more]
HE MAY be at the helm of the nation’s most-watched TV channel, but for the controller of BBC1 it was a Welsh rock ‘n’ roll legend who set him on the road to success. Danny Cohen, 36, was last year named the youngest ever controller of the channel but he was given his first foot on the employment ladder by The Alarm’s frontman Mike Peters – forging a bond that [read more]
Mike Peters to appear at Eirias Stadium, Olympic Celebration Concert, Fri 27th July 2012 Olympic Celebration Day celebrates Parc Eirias’ designation as an official community live site for the Olympic Games, with a special concert that gives free admission, featuring the best in Welsh entertainment, including headline act Only Men Aloud, the Classical Brit Award-winning choir who triumphed in BBC’s Last Choir Standing, and who now sell out concert venues across the [read more]
Mike Peters to sing with Downton Abbey actress, Elizabeth McGovern (‘Once Upon a Time in America’) and BIg Country at this year’s Isle of Wight Festival. BIG COUNTRY TAKE TO THE MAIN STAGE WITH A SPECIAL GUEST PERFORMANCE FROM DOWNTON ABBEY STAR ELIZABETH MCGOVERN MAIN STAGE… BIG COUNTRY Featuring special guest Elizabeth McGovern Saturday 23 June www.isleofwightfestival.com Elizabeth McGovern, one of the star’s of the hit TV series Downton Abbey [read more]
If you missed the band on the Late Late Show… you can watch it again here.
Mike Peters performed at the Gary Speed Memorial Concert at Cardiff City Stadium on Weds 29th February. It was an emotional evening with performances alongside Mike from Welsh Opera Singer, Bryn Terfel and Super Furry Animals. Mike performed New South Wales, Bells of Rhymney and by special request, the Franki Valli hit song, Can’t take my eyes off you Photography by Clive Mason of Getty Images Europe.
We are pleased to announce that Mike Peters has been booked to play The Acoustic Festival of Britain on Saturday the 26th May 2012 at Uttoxeter racecourse. There is a great line-up also featuring Joan Armatrading and Glen Tilbrook. Check out the website, and it would be great to see some Alarm and Big Country fans there!! www.acousticfestival.co.uk
Steve Lamacq opened his Radio 2 show with ‘In A Big Country’ over the weekend, also giving the tour and reissue a big plug. Tracklisting and listen again link below http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01bl4fd
Tickets are now on sale for The Gathering 21. After another successful year, the buzz is already starting for next years event! Tickets can be purchased via clicking on this link to our store.
James Stevenson is performing once again with Willie Nile on his current UK tour. The last tour was amazing and Willie and James would love to see you out on the road!! Willie Nile Spring 2012 UK tour Mon April 2 – The Bullingdon, Oxford Tues April 3 – The Greystones, Sheffield Wed April 4 – Cabin 5150, Macclesfield Thurs April 5 – The New Roscoe, Leeds Fri April 6 [read more]
The Big Country – Crossing The Country Tour started on Friday in Manchester. Mike Peters will be keeping an ongoing tour blog, with his own view of what it’s like to be on tour as part of Big Country. The blog will be appearing on thealarm.com in its own news module. We will be posting regular updates. Keep checking back!
The brand new four disc DVD / CD set from The Gathering 2011 is out now. Exclusive to www.thealarm.com the brand new collection features the complete Alarm concert film on DVD & CD. A special features disc carries the Alarm ‘unplugged’ acoustic-in-the-round session plus never before seen footage of Mike and the band in rehearsals and an updated ‘Alarm Choir’ credit list. This unique four disc set features 2 concert [read more]
During the ‘Crossing The Country’ tour of 2012, which celebrated 30 years since the release of The Crossing album, Mike Peters kept a personal tour diary. A brief glimpse into the ins and outs of life on the road.
We now have the official Gathering 20 photos available to view. If you had your photo taken by the MPO photographer, it should be here somewhere. The photos cover the whole length of The Gathering, from the setup and rehearsals, to the LHS walkathon and signing session on Sunday (there are still a few to be added!). If you are on one of the photos and wish to download it, [read more]
Please click here for a behind the scenes look at how The Gathering weekend comes together, courtesy of Jules’ iPhone Photo Diary & Personal Observations (requires facebook account).
The fine people at Indie Film Guru saw Vinyl at the Santa Barbara Film Festival this weekend, and they loved it! Check out the review here. There is also a nice article about the movie from the Santa Barbara Independent here.
A huge thanks to all who came to The Gathering 20 which is already being hailed as the best ever. Two monumental nights of music capped by a near 3 hour Saturday night electric set from Mike and the boys provided a fitting way to celebrate 20 years of The Gathering from 1992 – 2012. A full photo presentation of the weekend will be posted a.s.a.p. WATCH THIS SPACE!
The full line-up and running order for the gathering is now available on the Gathering Itinerary page. With some amazing events, and one very special event not previously released, it really does promise to be an amazing Gathering.
The Gathering is once again SOLD OUT. The past few weeks has seen a surge in orders for Gathering tickets. In such hard times, the MPO are amazed at the continued support of the fans. Rehearsals are going well. The addition of Vinyl to the weekend Itinerary will really make this year something special, and the Saturday promises to something quite special.
Please come and join Mike and the LHS team for our walkathon on Prestatyn Beach. The Hymn Sheet for this years sing-a-long is can be seen below. Please come and join us… More details can be found here.
Special Guest on Sat night, Alarm fan and USA Singer Songwriter, Joe Silva from The Threats. MPO is delighted to announce the Special Guest on Sat night, Alarm fan and USA SInger Songwriter, Joe Silva from The Threats. Joe will perform a half hour acoustic set on Sat before the main headline, TMTCH and The Alarm! Make sure you get into the Red Poppy Arena on time to catch all the musical action! Joe [read more]
Craig Adams and Smiley will both be available for album signings after the Guitar show on Saturday morning, which will be in the LHS lounge this year. The albums are available at the merchandise stall in the LHS lounge. Craig and Smiley have both released albums in the last few months. Craig’s album, Demon King is the culmination of years of ideas which have been kicking around with nowhere to [read more]
The MPO are pleased to announce that the latest special guests to be added to the Gathering 20 are The Men They Couldn’t Hang. For more information about the band, please see the The Gathering / Special Guests section of thealarm.com Phil ‘Swill’ Odgers, one half of The Men They Couldn’t Hang’s twin pronged vocal attack, spills the beans on the Alarm/TMTCH connection, record eating dogs and snotty hankies! 1. [read more]
Are you the ultimate Alarm fan? Find out by joining in the ultimate Alarm Quiz. You can Email Simon to register you team name. Or catch up with Simon on Friday and register then. Numbers may be limited. Who is Mod? Richard Jones (Mod) was born in Prestatyn in 1964 and is now forty-something(!) years of age. He first met Mike Peters at the age of thirteen and within twelve months [read more]
Love Hope Strength Foundation UK are delighted to be again hosting a stall in the LHS Lounge at the annual The Alarm Gathering 20 at Prestatyn in North Wales. Please come along and visit the stall to find out about the exciting projects we have planned in 2012. ‘3’ ‘Rocks’ events in the UK in 2012 Due to popular demand, we are delighted to announce a new event for 2012 [read more]
Gathering Special – Be a Member of The Alarm for One Night Only! **** GATHERING UPDATE ***** One night only auction has raised just under a staggering £2,000 and it was decided that we would have two winners due to a strongly fought bidding battle to the end. We are delighted that an anon bidder has brought the prize for a friend who will told on the night of the [read more]
Steve Norman from Spandau Ballet to appear as Special Guest at the Gathering! We are thrilled that Steve can join us at The Gathering this year. Steve is multi-talented and has already appeared with Mike on the solo acoustic show in London late last year. Steve Norman was initially a guitarist in Spandau Ballet; he not only brought percussion to the mix, but also introduced the saxophone which has since become [read more]
The man behind the M(AskSimon) The Gathering Concierge. You can ask him anything!! So who is this mysterious AskSimon? You send him a question about The Gathering and back comes an answer. Is he real or just a very well designed App for the latest iphone? Well he is in fact very real and quite normal. Two arms, two legs, a body and a head and an Alarm fan. Very [read more]
This year the guitar masterclass will feature the song ‘One Guitar’. Although not an alarm song, the band were the first to record the song by the amazing Willie Nile, and since it’s first outing (just like Rockin in the Free World) its been a firm favourite with the fans. The masterclass will run from 11am-12midday approx. Doors at 10am. Bring your guitar and learn to play the song Mike [read more]
We are pleased to announce ‘The Absolute Worst’ as special guests at The Gathering. The band feature a certain Will Peters who could be seen as a roadie on the last Alarm tour and band member of fictional band ‘The Single Shots’ who feature in the Vinyl film. The Absolute Worst have some tunes to listen to on their facebook page
We are very pleased to announce the latest Gathering 20 support act… tour favourites from last year… The Last Republic. The Last Republic proved favourites on The Alarm tour in May and we are very pleaed to have them join us in Prestatyn. Please check out our Special Guests section for more information about this great band
Would you to like stay on Thurs night at the Gathering….? For those of you wishing to stay at the Gathering on Thursday night, please book here…. Thurs night £10 per person + £1 booking fee
In between Alarm work and other projects, Smiley has been busying himself recording his own album. He’s got quite a few musician friends involved and the result is now available in the form of … Smiley’s Friends In High Places For more information and to order online, check out Smiley’s website sunshinecornerstudios.co.uk
MPO is pleased to announce that 100 tickets have been released for ‘locals only’ (Local North Wales postcode). Fri Night Ticket (7pm Doors) £35 + £1 Ticket Link Sat Night Ticket (7pm Doors) £35 + £1 Ticket Link Fri/Sat Weekend Ticket (7pm Doors) £60 + £2 Ticket Link Lots of exciting news to be released next week re special guests at the Gathering! Gathering 20 is shaping up to be [read more]
In 2007, Love Hope Strength was born, and the first mission to improve access to cancer care around the globe was underway. Thirty-eight musicians, cancer survivors and mountaineers set off to reach Kalapathar where they would set a World Record for the highest concert ever performed. They carried with them the names of loved ones who had been touched by cancer on prayer flags which were strung high amongst the shadows [read more]
Dear Alarm Family, Wishing you all a happy and healthy rock’n roll 2012! Thanks for all your love hope and strength in 2011. Looking forward to welcoming some of you to our Gathering Family at the end of January in our hometown of Prestatyn, Love and life, Mike, Jules, Dylan and Evan xxxx (click on the image for larger image)
Happy Christmas and Season’s Greetings from all of us to all of you. Thanks for all your support throughout what has been a fantastic year and hope to see you all in 2012 at The Gathering and beyond!!!! Love, Hope and Strength xxxxx
Acoustic Tour of Norway 2011 What to do after 4 weeks of shows in the UK? Head to Norway for another 5 shows. Well it seemed like a good idea at the time. Day 1 Up at 3am for final pack and drive (type of transport = 1) to Manchester airport. There is always that feeling that you’ve forgotten something. Doubly so when you go on tour. Would be slightly [read more]
Mike Peters 30th Anniversary Handwritten Lyric & Bespoke Dedicated CD Recording Available To Order Now The Lyrics Due to public demand and to celebrate 30 years of Mike Peters’ words and music, 21st Century brings you an unprecedented opportunity to own a real and unique piece of Mike Peters / Alarm History. For a limited period only, Mike Peters will personally create for you a one off piece of A4 art [read more]
So…. where do I start? Today, December 15 2011 is my 28th year anniversary of seeing The Alarm for the first time and to mark that occasion it has come full circle as I look forward to seeing Mike play tonight in NY once again so many, many years later. If it wasn’t for my then 13 year old sister Dahlia, so passionately convincing me to see the band, this [read more]
All members of The Alarm Choir who were in attendance at last year’s Gathering and featured on the recording of The Alarm’s ‘Unbreak The Promise’ single are listed below as printed within the sleeve of ‘The Sound And The Fury’ album. However, since the album’s release, MPO has received a few messages from people who have informed us that somehow they were missed off the list. The good news is [read more]
James has recorded the famous CFC anthem Blue Is The Colour under the name Phil Daniels And The Cockney Alarm. The track features Alarm drummer Smiley and well known actor Phil Daniels on vocals. All proceeds go to Help A London Child. Download from iTunes To listen and donate to the charity Click Here
By Paul Miles Picture discs, gatefold sleeves, imports, coloured vinyl, white labels, shaped picture discs, limited editions, 12” singles, double singles, special editions, lyric sheets / sleeves, demos and the classic Flexi Disc are all rich in The Alarm’s history as various media was used to promote singles and albums, with the collector buying the same song a few times over. Now we live in the digital age and [read more]
Check out the trailer for Vinyl!! More news on Vinyl when we have it. You can view the trailer here on the H2O website
There are now photos from each of the UK tour shows. To see a slideshow from each section of the tours, click on the links below. Wrexham-Manchester-Brecon Derby-Keighley-Exeter Liverpool-Oxford-Birmingham London-Sheffield-Newcastle-Chester Worcester-Otley-Bristol-Cardiff
James and Jay Aston were very flattered to be invited on stage with The Smashing Pumpkins by Billy Corgan at their Brixton Academy gig on November 16 to perform the Gene Loves Jezebel song Stephen. James is currently on tour in Australia with The International Swingers for their first ever dates (see show dates below). The International Swingers features James, Glen Matlock on Bass, Clem Burke from Blondie on drums [read more]
Alarm drummer Smiley has recently launched a new on-line personal drumming service. Check out the video below, and find more info and contact details on the Sunshine Corner website. www.sunshinecornerstudios.co.uk
Mike Peters will continue the 30th Anniversary Alarm celebrations in the UK this October / November with the announcement of 20 exclusive ‘in person’ acoustic shows. Mike Peters will perform acoustic sets at all of these very special shows drawing material from each of the 3 decades since The Alarm began in 1981. Memories come flooding back…… Thurs 27 Oct – Wrexham Central Station Fri 28 Oct – Manchester Academy [read more]
Really good live review from one of the last pre-festival ‘vibe’ gigs from big country.
As you may have spotted from Facebook and Twitter we have a brand new Archive Clothing section in the alarm store. Please check out the range and enjoy the current special offer of free postage and reduced prices on all the archive T shirts! Click here to go to the archive section of the store
James Stevenson will be on tour in late October /early November with our good friend Willie Nile. He will also be on guitar duty for Gene Loves Jezebel when they support The Mission in Spain and Brixton! Willie toured as support to The Alarm in 2010 and gained a lot of UK friends. If you haven’t already caught one of Willie’s shows with a full band, you now have two reasons to! Thu [read more]
Alarm bassist Craig Adams sets out on The Mission XXV European tour today (Monday 10th October 2011). The tour is in celebration of last years 25th anniversary of the band, and as well as original member Craig Adams and Simon Hinkler, the London and Leeds shows will also feature Mark Thwaite, who was a long time Mission guitarist. In addition, there will be various support acts along the way including [read more]
The ‘Vinyl’ movie which is based on the ‘Poppy Fields’ saga is coming together and starting to create a buzz inside the movie industry. www.hollywoodreporter.com The movie is currently being colour corrected at studios in Hollywood. Watch this space…..
Wondering about going to the Mike Peters Acoustic Alarm in the UK tour this autumn…? Check out our timelapse videos from the Direct Acoustic tour. Audio taken from the Live in Glasgow CD.
LA / San Francisco Rocks! Jules (and the Peters family) american adventures roll onto San Fransisco… Jules San Francisco Rocks facebook photos Los Angeles Rocks! Mike Peters Acoustic Night at the El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept 4th Mike Peters Acoustic Night turned into a Mike Peters All Star Band night in Los Angeles. Mike delivered a special acoustic set, stepping off the stage at one point and [read more]
Introduction I was web master for http://thealarm.com for over 15 years. In that time, the web site has changed immensely: from a single page with news and rumors, to a fully dynamic web community. As I was writing this story, a couple thoughts occurred to me. Mike Peters and MPO had the foresight to get into the internet very very early. Their first site was also one of the first [read more]
Mike and the Big Country boys had an amazing time at V Festival in Chelmsford and Stafford this weekend. Sunny weather and responsive crowds generated a great festival vibe. Click here to see the photos.
This years Snowdon Rocks event – Go Green For A Day – was a huge success. Our start point for the walk was the Pen Y Ceunant Cafe and our lovely host Stephan providing early morning tea! Mike set the tone with a quote from George Mallory and a rendition of Without A Fight before we started our quest. With each step the skies cleared and the weather is the best [read more]
Mike Peters will take the 30th Anniversary Alarm celebrations to the USA this September with the announcement of 3 exclusive ‘in person’ acoustic shows. Sunday September 4th El REY THEATRE, Hollywood Tickets Wednesday September 7th The RED DEVIL Lounge, San Francisco Tickets Sunday 11th September B.B. KING’S, New York Tickets Mike Peters will perform acoustic sets at all of these very special shows drawing material from each of the 3 [read more]
James Stevenson’s interview in Record Collector.
To be honest, at first glance, the track listing for The Sound In The Fury looks well, odd. The songs, at least in the original form, do not have any real lyrical, structural, musical, or even thematic similarities across the board. At the same time, we’ve heard the a lot of original Alarm songs repackaged in other formats (Standards, The Best The Alarm And Mike Peters, The Alarm 2000 [read more]
Due to public demand in this Anniversary year the classic Alarm Red Poppy T-Shirt (Since 1982), is now back in stock. Available to purchase now in both Adult and Kids sizes…
We now how a few press articles and links to media from the Sound And The Fury Tour, including the 5 page Classic Rock magazine feature. The Alarm would like to thank everyone who came out to support the band on the Sound And The Fury tour. It was an amazing 21 shows!!! Thank you. Press Classic Rock Magazine Feature page 1 / page 2 / page 3 / page 4 [read more]
We have now restocked the very popular classic ‘Deceiver’ shirt, and the 30th Anniversary Wings Design Shirt in the new shop. Both these designs were our most popular in recent years, selling out at both The Gathering and on the recent Sound And The Fury Tour. We will be adding some ladies cut shirts very soon.
SNOWDON ROCKS V – GREEN FOR THE DAY. Come and join us on on Sunday, 14 August 2011 for our 5th trek to the top of Snowdon with Mike Peters. Love Hope Strength Foundation are delighted to announce that Snowdon Rocks will take place on Sunday, 14 August 2011 hosted by Mike Peters, co-founder of Love Hope Strength Foundation and lead singer of The Alarm, for the fifth fantastic year [read more]
KAUAI ROCKS WITH MIKE PETERS (CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF THE ALARM) Come and Join Mike Peters in Hawaii for Kauai Rocks 2011 and celebrate 30 years of Mike Peters and Alarm history at a special Love Hope Strength Foundation concert on Tuesday August 23rd where Mike will be joined by such musical luminaries as Billy Duffy, John Oates, Donavon Frankenreiter, Shawn Colvin and more. Alarm fans who make the journey [read more]
We have the TV Advert being used to promote the Celtic Rock festival with Simple Minds on 29th July. Big Country on Radio Clyde’s Billy Sloan session this Sunday. “Stuart Adamson’s spirit still hovers over the stage. He’s mentioned affectionately and his legacy is heard in every guitar lick. But in Mike Peters, the Big Country fan who stepped up out of the audience to carry on his musical baton, [read more]
The Avebury Rocks event was a massive success raising in excess of £20,000. Nick Harper: “Avebury Rocks took inspiration from two great characters in my life, Mike Peters and my mum, Monica Weston. Their unbounded positive energy shows me the way I’d like to be. When taking part in Everest Rocks I felt as far away from home as I could be and said goodbye to my mum for what [read more]
Part 2 of the feature on The Alarm will be airing soon on Classic Rock Radio on following dates and UK Times: Classic Rock Radio’s Marilyn Michaels in Conversation with Mike Peters. 45 min feature of The Alarm music & interview segments in support of the new album The Sound And The Fury – on Classic Rock Radio – available globally via www.classicrockradio.eu Sunday July 3, Monday July 4, Tuesday [read more]
Thanks for all your interest in Sound and the Fury. Seems like everyone is using the new shop! Due to demand, the MPO is now introducing a Mobile MPO number: MPO Mobile 07548 716962 The MPO landline number 01745 571571 is currently undergoing a overhaul and will be back in use from July 12th onwards). In the meantime, please feel free to call or text us at MPO on 07548 716962. [read more]
Janice Long played ‘unbreak the promise’ on Radio 2 very early this morning. Select the link below and move the slider to 48:30. Please Note:: The tour dates mentioned are Big Country not The Alarm. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b0123wz8. Why not post a message to Janice here, saying ‘thanks’ and asking her to play some more alarm!!
30th ANNIVERSARY ALBUM / FILM EDITION & CD SINGLE The Sound And The Fury is the brand new album and film from Mike Peters & The Alarm and is available to order now from the 21st Century Shop. Released simultaneously with brand new single ‘Unbreak The Promise’ (featuring the sound of Alarm fans from all over the world – The Alarm Choir), The Sound And The Fury can be seen [read more]
Note From The Old “Webmaster” And The New “Content Editor”… welcome to the all new alarm.com website. The new website is easier to navigate and will allow us to add lots more news, features, photos and videos from the archive in the future. We’ve streamlined the information flow, and we have simplified how information is delivered, so you ,the loyal fan will be able to get to what you want [read more]
Here are some links to press coverage of The Big Country performance at The Isle Of Wight Festival. musicpics.co.uk gigwise.com absoluteradio.co.uk absoluteradio.co.uk (2) muzu.tv virtualfestivals.com walesonline.co.uk
Join us behind the scenes as The Alarm soundcheck at various venues around the UK on the 2011 Sound And The Fury Tour.
6th June 2011 – 30 years of The Alarm On the anniversery of 30 years of The Alarms first show at The Royal Victoria in Prestatyn, Mike Peters takes a tour of significant Alarm sites. Happy Birthday to The Alarm.
BIG COUNTRY – announce warm up and ‘vibe’ gigs in Scotland. Thu. 7th July : Glasgow, King Tuts SOLD OUT Fri. 8th July : T In The Park Mon. 11th July : Glasgow, King Tuts Tue. 12th July : Stirling, Tollbooth Wed. 13th July : Dundee, Doghouse Fri. 15th July : Fort William, BA Club Sat. 16th JULY : Inverness, Summer In The City Founder member Bruce Watson says, “We are doing [read more]
The Alarm Tour is rocking across the UK, receiving fantastic reviews far and wide. DJ Chris Evans from Radio2 has also been picking up on the positive vibes and playing Alarm songs and name-checking the band on his radio show. On Sun May 22nd, The Alarm will be staying at the brand new Bloc Hotel. For those of you travelling to the gig and in need of somewhere to stay, [read more]
Great Big Country review from the Scottish News Of The World.
A unique opportunity to be in The Alarm. Alarm fans are being given the unique opportunity to make their own mark on the Alarm’s Anniversary year, via a special internet charity auction, enabling winners to become an official member of The Alarm’For One Night Only’ for each date of the tour. Successful entrants will be invited on stage during the encore to become an honorary member of The Alarm. Funds [read more]
Due to popular demand!! The Brook in Southampton has been added to the upcoming tour schedule on Tuesday 10th May. www.the-brook.com Tickets: We Got Tickets
LOVE HOPE STRENGTH – Damien Hirst designs Squeeze instruments to auction for Love Hope Strength and the Teenage Cancer Trust Squeeze will play an exclusive set of instruments designed by Damien Hirst when they headline a charity concert later this month. The collection features two guitars and a drum kit, all of which have been hand-painted with the artist’s iconic spot design and signed by him. Squeeze will be joined by [read more]
THE GATHERING 2012: Friday 27th, Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th January 2012 The Gathering 20 : Twenty years of The Gathering 1992-2012 : Are you Gonna Be There? Following on from two successful Gatherings in Mike Peters’ home town of Prestatyn, the 20th Anniversary of the Gathering Weekend returns to Pontins Holiday Village, Prestatyn Sands, Prestatyn, North Wales . Weekend ticket price (including 2 nights accommodation/all concerts & daytime activities/Aftershow/Sunday [read more]
Mike and co have been recording at Aerial Studios in Wrexham, North Wales for the last few days. Capturing the punk rock spirit of 1977, the band have been blasting through a collection of songs to be used in the film soundtrack. We think the result sounds amazing, but you’ll have to wait until the film is released to find out! We would especially like to thank David O’Connor at [read more]
The Gathering 20 – Tickets On Sale Now CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS THE GATHERING 2012: Friday 27th, Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th January 2012 The Gathering 20 : Twenty years of The Gathering 1992-2012 : Are you Gonna Be There? Following on from two successful Gatherings in Mike Peters’ home town of Prestatyn, the 20th Anniversary of the Gathering Weekend returns to Pontins Holiday Village, Prestatyn Sands, Prestatyn, North [read more]
The Gathering 20 – Tickets On Sale Soon Gathering 20 Coming Soon! 27/28/29 January 2012 Tickets on Sale Feb 14th Please call 01745 571571 or order online at www.thealarm.com
Reunited band Squeeze will play an exclusive set of instruments designed by Damien Hirst when they headline a charity concert later this month. The collection features two guitars and a drum kit, all of which have been hand-painted with the artist’s iconic spot design and signed by him. Squeeze will be joined by The Feeling at the Teenage Cancer Trust gig on 22 March in London’s Royal Albert Hall. The [read more]
Pontins, Prestatyn Sands. 29-31 January 2010 Photos Rehearsal Days Friday – Supports – Solo – Feel Free – Dave Sharp Saturday Daytime – Events & Support Acts Saturday Night – Main Alarm set Saturday Late Night – Children of the Revolution Sunday – Love Hope Strength Walkathon Chalkboard – Crew – Signings – Gatherers Fan Videos Friday Night – Mike Peters Acoustic Friday NIght – Feel Free set Saturday – [read more]
The Gathering 19 – Photos now posted The Gathering 2011 is over. Here at the MPO we all thought that last years Gathering couldn’t be topped. But somehow, and with the help of 1500 Gatherers, it was!!! From Rusty Egan’s inspired DJing, skating event ‘Blades of Glory, The Legendary Glen Matlock to possibly one of the best Alarm shows ever…The Gathering 19 rocked from end to end. Photos: Setup and [read more]
Winkball – Loads of videos and interviews from The Gathering Check out the great videos from WinkBall ….are you on there???
The Gathering 2011 is now SOLD OUT. Tickets for the twentieth anniversary event will be on sale very soon.
Happy Christmas – (Tour is over)…Well Almost!!! – MPO Christmas Party Hello Everyone, Mike Peters – Direct Acoustic Tour finally comes to a close this Sunday night at the Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton. Here at MPO Towers, we would like to thank everyone who attended each and every show of the tour that began as long ago as September 21st and will officially end on Sunday, December 5th at the [read more]