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.
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]
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.
You really know when you have made it when you feature on the cover of the illustrious publication “Walking and Cycling on London’s Towpaths”. Check out the recent edition and you will spot our own James Stevenson and Andy Hackett, who plays guitar for Edwyn Collins, having a meander down one of the aforementioned waterways. Papped!!
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]
Glen Matlock And The Philistines supporting Big Country. James Stevenson, will be playing with Glen Matlock And The Philistines, at the Big Country vibe gigs at Wrexham and Lincoln. The gigs are Big Country warm-ups for the V Festival appearances. The Philistines received a great reception at the Gathering, who also feature Tracie Hunter, Maggi Ronson and Elizabeth Westwood on backing vocals, and the band are looking forward to supporting [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.
Mike Peters will perform as the lad vocalist for Big Country in 2011. Here is a quote from Mike Peters: “I first met Stuart on stage at a U2 concert in Hammersmith Palais back in 1983” says Mike Peters. “Bono introduced us to his audience as being “part of the the new breed” and Stuart was literally passed up onto the stage by the fans and I shook his hand [read more]
Tuesday 24th August -Work in Progress on ‘Vinyl’ Check out these press links to the forthcoming film, ‘Vinyl’, staring Phil Daniels, Keith Allen and Perry Benson. Here at the MPO we are very excited as the project continues. There is a lot of interest around the film, especially since the filming of some scenes at the Rhuddlan Castle Rocks event earlier this month. BBC News Press Association North Wales Post
The Alarm stormed an amazing set at the Beautiful Days festival, hosted by the Levellers at Escot Park in Devon. The show was preceeded by a warm-up show at The Orange Box in Yeovil. The intimate venue provided a swealtering show which fired the band up for the ‘beautiful day’. The Beautifuls Day mainstage show also featured British Sea Power, New Model Army, James and directly before The Alarm, a [read more]
Mike Peters will perform live in Tokyo at Club Doctor on Friday August 27th 2010 at a post trek Mt. Fuji Rocks celebration concert and joined by some very special guests. The event will mark the first time Mike Peters has performed live in Japan since December 1989 when he appeared with The Alarm on the Change tour. Mike Peters will embark for Japan direct from The Alarm’s Saturday afternoon [read more]
Photos and Videos of Rhondda Rocks Photos of the Rhondda Rocks event are now online. The photos cover the walk with Mike Peters and a band of LHS trekkers and supports, and then from the evening concert which saw an amazing semi-acoustic Alarm show and another great solo support from Simon Fowler of Ocean Colour Scene. Visit www.lovehopestrength.co.uk or visit the slideshowlinks below. Photos: Rhondda Rocks II – The Walk [read more]
Photos of the Snowdon Rocks/Rhuddlan Rocks events are now online. The photos cover the Glan Clywd Cancer Centre visit with Mike Peters, where some of the trekkers got to see where the money raised for LHS actually goes, the LHS Ball which saw the auction of a number of exclusive signed items and a Gibson/Epiphone guitar. There are photos of the walk to the stop of Snowdon by over 100 [read more]
Monday 9th August –Rhuddlan Castle Rocks – Mike Rocked Rhuddlan! Mike Peters pulled off a remarkable weekend for his charity, Love Hope Strength, hosting a 6am hike up Snowdon with 150 trekkers, followed by a sell out concert at Rhuddlan Castle on the same day. Check out www.lovehopestrength.co.uk for more! Monday 2nd August – Rhuddlan Rocks – Simon Fowler to perform 50 Extra Tickets to be made available to local [read more]
The hospital buskathon was a fantastic event. Its the first time Mike has embarked on any such event across several places in one day, and the response from the hosptials, patients, staff and visitors made the event worthwhile. A review, photos, press link and video from the day is now available on the LHS website.
On Friday July 16th 2010, Mike Peters joined forces with Barclays to host the first ever Barclays Life Support Day in partnership with the bank and The Love Hope Strength Foundation. This ground breaking coalition between rock and roll and high street commerce aims to impart cancer awareness amongst Barclays customers and members of the general public as they go about their daily business. “Cancer is the world’s biggest killer” [read more]
Hospital Rocks – Acoustic Buskathon In the run up to this year’s Snowdon Rocks IV (supported by Barclays) event, Mike Peters will be embarking on a marathon acoustic busk-athon during visiting times at North Wales three main hospitals to highlight to the public the fact that all three major North Wales Hospitals have recently joined forces under the new coalition title of The Betsi Cadwallader Trust. Snowdon Rocks has raised [read more]
Warm-up show for The Alarm – 20/08/2010 – Yeovil As a prelude to The Alarm’s appearance at the Beautiful Days festival at Epcot Park, Devon on August 21st, The Alarm have added a warm up date at The Orange Box, Yeovil on Friday August 20th. These two shows will probably mark the last opportunity of 2010 for UK fans to see The Alarm in it’s full electric glory until The [read more]
GATHERING NEWS Attention all Gathering people: Gathering tickets will be processed from Monday 17th May onwards. At the point of authorisation, your laminates will be posted out to you. This process will take a few weeks. Thank you for your patience. Please stay in touch with http://thealarm.com/gathering/ for latest Gathering news and if you haven’t already done so, please submit your Gathering profile here http://thealarm.com/gathering/submit.html Bring it on, once more!! [read more]
Review: The Alarm’s Direct Action Mike Peters and The Alarm have spent the majority of this decade refining what it means to be "The Alarm". The "redefinition", be it in the form of songs, shenanigans, or new band members has not come at the expense of music. Twice, they have set-out to mine their sound and craft their songs with epic multi-volume sets of tracks for their fans to enjoy [read more]
Mike Peters will be performing live on BBC Radio Wales between 8.45am and 12 noon on March 1st, St. David’s Day http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/radiowales/sites/highlights/pages/wales_music_day_home.shtml
13/04/10 CONF Reading Sub89 14/04/10 CONF Cardiff Glee Club 15/04/10 CONF Sheffield The Plug 16/04/10 CONF Manchester w/ Godfathers Academy 2 17/04/10 CONF Newcastle Academy 2 18/04/10 TBA 19/04/10 OFF 20/04/10 CONF Bristol Thekla 21/04/10 CONF Dudley Jbs 22/04/10 CONF Cambridge Junction 23/04/10 CONF Southampton The Brook 24/04/10 CONF London Islington Academy 25/04/10 CONF Ebbw Vale Leisure Centre 26/04/10 OFF 27/04/10 CONF Hertford Corn Exchange 28/04/10 CONF Nottingham Rescue Rooms [read more]
THE GATHERING 2011 – 30th Anniversary of Mike Peters and The Alarm 1981 – 2011 On Friday 28th, Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th January 2011 : THE GATHERING 2011 – 30th Anniversary of Mike Peters and The Alarm 1981 – 2011 The Gathering Stays Home – in the birthplace of Mike Peters & The Alarm. Following on from the ultra successful ‘The Gathering Comes Home’, the 2011 Gathering will be [read more]
Dear Gatherers, Hope you are ready for this 😉 You had best get some early nights before The Gathering as boy, do we have a jam-packed Alarm weekend for you!!!!!! Read on for The Gathering Itinerary…. BRING IT ON!! Only 5 more sleeps to go!!!!! Love and life, Jules and The Alarm Team THE GATHERING 2010, Prestatyn Sands, Wales WEEKEND ITINERARY Friday 29th January LOVE HOPE STRENGTH [read more]
Hello from Mike Peters. I am writing to you from our tour bus which is currently parked outside the venue in Chicago. Today has been another busy day on the ‘Rockin’ The Colonies’ tour. I have appeared live and performed three songs on the WGN Chicago TV this morning (7.00 am!), and also recorded an acoustic session for Q101 (the biggest rock station here). I’m pleased to report that the [read more]
‘Guerilla Tactics’ will be available worldwide from July 7th 2008. ‘Guerilla Tactics’ is the first official general-release follow up to The Alarm�s emotive 2006 album ‘Under Attack’ which underpinned lead singer Mike Peters battle and subsequent victory from Leukaemia (CLL). This most daring of Alarm albums features an urgent collection of uptempo new wave songs underscored by high velocity guitars, rocka beats and occasional space echo dub. Lyrically driven by [read more]
<center><img src=http://thealarm.com/img/newyear2008.jpg></center> What a year 2007 has been!!! It all started with a new life and a Big Bang at The Gathering followed by the launch of the ‘Counter Attack Collective’. An ambition was realised in June at Snowdon Rocks and then the amazing ‘Rockin’ The Colonies’ tour of the United States. In between there have been some incredible Saturday gigs at Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, London and Manchester [read more]
<object width="425" height="350"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/I253n2UFdk4"> </param> <embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/I253n2UFdk4" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425" height="350"> </embed> </object> <center><img src=http://thealarm.com/777/ep4cove400r.jpg></center> The fourth installment in the Counter Attack Collective is arriving in your letter boxes even as you are reading this message…. ‘Situation Under Control’ is the title of this latest mini album of original material from Mike Peters and The Alarm MMVII and features the following song titles: 01 The Checkout [read more]
<center><img src=http://thealarm.com/img/colonies.jpg></center> Hello Everybody, I am writing to let you know about everything that has been happening since I came back from New York and Empire State Building Rocks. On the upside, the band and I have just recorded the first EP for the Counter Attack album project and it sounds just like I imagined / hoped it would when I was conjuring up the songs. The [read more]
THE ALARM - THE COUNTER ATTACK STARTS HERE - 7/7/07 On Saturday the 7.7.07, Mike Peters will lead The Alarm back onto the stage of Birmingham Academy for the first of seven U.K. shows to be played throughout 2007 / 08 thus fulfilling the prophecy he delivered from the stage at the Gathering. "The Alarm will be back when the three sevens clash". Each show will also coincide with the [read more]
Message from Alarm fan, Tom� I stumbled upon a great little piece of podcasting on iTunes. On the newly posted Rhinocast music podcast on iTunes, there is an episode (#38) about our favorite band, The Alarm. It is done by Bob Lefsetz and based on that letter he wrote a few months back about The Alarm. You can download the Rhinocast here: http://www.rhino.com/RZine/rhinocasts/podcastkeeper.lasso?shownum=38 Publication:: Author::
Hello Everybody, In the history of rock and roll disasters, this one isn’t the worst, but on a scale of one to ten it’s pretty high up there. Today we have been forced to withdraw the ‘Raindown’ single from general release. Please do not attempt to buy ‘Raindown’ by The Alarm MMVI at the iTunes store. Somewhere along the line, there has been an almighty cock up at iTunes and [read more]
(reported by MPO Member, Tim Leonard) Press Conference On Friday May 19th, Mike Peters attended the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash Press Conference, prior to the concert that night. Alarm fan and MPO member, Tim Leonard was there to capture the moment. From Joey?Ramone?s?brother: “Mike has been going through a similar ordeal as my brother went through. It?s kind of fitting that he?s here helping us out and helping everybody else [read more]
The Alarm / Bob Lefsetz Letters The hugely influential American columnist Bob Lefsetz has written this piece about The Alarm in his latest email rant to the American Music Industry which is read by thousands of people everyday. Mike Peters has already written back to him (see further below) prompting Bob Lefsetz to forward Mike’s reply to his subscribers. If you feel like responding, I’m sure Bob would love to [read more]
Hello Everybody, It’s Sunday evening and I want to share my latest news with you. I have just been given the go ahead from my Doctor to go to America next week!!! The principal reason for my journey is to perform with the band at the 2006 South By South West Music Festival in Austin, Texas. We will be playing on Thursday 16th March at Elysium on Red River at [read more]
Hello my friends, I hope you are all enjoying the best of times as the holiday season approaches. I have some very difficult news to share with you. Last Thursday on the 8th December, I was diagnosed as having cancer. I have been told by my consultant, Dr. E that I have Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL). The good news is that although my illness is not curable, it is treatable [read more]
TINSELTOWN COMES TO RHYL EXCLUSIVE JOANN RAE Picture KERRY ROBERTS HOLLYWOOD film director Sara Sugarman is planning to shoot a movie in her hometown of Rhyl. In an exclusive interview, Los Angeles-based Sara, who is also a writer, revealed the plot of the film will be based on a real life event involving Rhyl�s most famous musical export, Mike Peters and The Alarm. Sara broke the news to the Journal [read more]
As most of you probably know the news of 45 rpm at Number 28 in the charts has caused an immense amount of media interest, so much so that the news is spreading further afield day by day. The story began to break last Thursday when the MPO office received a call from the BBC website wanting to interview Mike. From there, Mike was interviewed by phone from Germany for [read more]
From: www.bbc.co.uk/news Post-punk band The Alarm have scored a top 30 UK chart hit – with a stunt disguising themselves as an unknown younger group. Recording under the pseudonym The Poppyfields, they are at number 28 after selling more than 4,000 copies of their 1970s-style punk single 45RPM. In its accompanying video The Alarm are replaced by teenage Chester rockers The Wayriders who mime along to the song. Singer Mike [read more]
Along with the amazing #28 entry for 45 RPM on the UK top-40 chart, it also landed at #6 on the UK Indie Single charts and #10 o nthe UK Rock chart!! Great job guys! Publication:: Author::
A major achievment!! 45 RPM just played on BBC Radio 1 on the weekly top-40 show, It was #28 for weekly sales figures. This is the first time an Alarm-related song has been in the top-40 for nearly 15 years! The song was played in it’s entirety and the DJ read a short blurb about the song actually being by “The Alarm” and how they changed their name for the [read more]
This report was put together from fans who saw the show. Official word will come through soon. (Photo by Andy Greenly) The band arrived by limousine, and each were greated by 100’s of fans waiting in line to get into the venue. The crowd chanted the names of band members as they entered the venue Set List As far as we can tell, the set-list for the show was: Declaration [read more]
All the winners have now been selected and contacted by MPO on behalf of the TV Company. For those of you who have not been contacted please email xxxxxxx MPO would like all Alarm fans to be at this event so please email Brenda direct if you have not received an email so far. Please note, the MPO Office is now closed so please do not attempt to call/email MPO [read more]
ATTENTION ALARM FANS UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE ALL OF THE ORIGINAL MEMBERS OF THE ALARM PLAY LIVE! ONE NIGHT ONLY!! For the first time since 1991, the ORIGINAL members of the Alarm, Mike Peters, Dave Sharp, Eddie MacDonald and Nigel Twist, will come together for a one night performance and TV recording in LONDON on Tuesday October 28th 8 p.m. This is a limited audience performance but Alarm Fans are [read more]
M.P.O. (Alarm Information Service) are very proud to announce that the legendary Kirk Brandon, lead singer of Spear of Destiny will be appearing as Special Guest on the full UK In the Poppy Fields Tour. Kirk Brandon will take the stage at approx 8pm. Please also be aware that Glasgow, London and Leeds are all EARLY shows with curfews at 10.30pm. Please make sure you arrive early to enjoy the [read more]
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MIKE PETERS ON BBC DIGITAL CHOICE AND HTV A feature appeared on Mike Peters on BBC Digital Choice this week outlining his current status and career in the heirarchy of Welsh Rock. This week, Mike films a special feature for HTV detailing the work behind the scenes for the Alarm 2000 Collection. This feature will most likely be screened on Friday 26th May at 11.30pm. MIKE PETERS AND BIG COUNTRY [read more]
The MPO Phoneline has been red hot all week since the announcement of Alarm 2000 Day. The Faenol Fawr Country Hotel is sold out. For further accommodation details please call Rhyl Tourist Board on 01745 355068 or choose from a selection of hotels/ B&B's as follows: Bodelwyddan Castle 01745 585088 Chalet Guest House 01745 584205 Kinmel Manor Hotel 01745 832014 Oriel House Hotel 01745 582716 Plas Elwy Hotel 01745 582263 [read more]
Just a quick rumor update. It seems that a rumor is going around that Mike Peters and Billy Duffy will be meeting next week in Los angels to discuss the Coloursound USA release. There is also a rumor that studio time has been booked… hmm… interesting… Publication:: Author::
MIKE PETERS PRESS RELEASE THE MILLENNIUM GATHERING SOLD OUT 14TH AND 15TH JAN 2000 NORTH WALES THEATRE, LLANDUDNO 20 Saturday night tickets reserved especially for North Wales fans @ price of �12.50 Mike Peters returns to his hometown, North Wales after an extensive American tour, to perform at his sell-out homecoming concert, the Millennium Gathering at the North Wales Theatre, Llandudno on Jan 14th and 15th , 2000. This year, [read more]
Check out the news in our new Flesh And Blood section! Pre-order the album now! Publication:: Author::
Mike Peters is current on a UK tour with solo dates and dates with a full band (including Eddie MacDonald of The Alarm)supporting Big country. Why not add your comments about the shows toMPO Bulletin Boards. We'd love to here from you! Publication:: Author::
ColourSound (Metal Hammer:Jerry Ewing) There’s no doubting the pedigree of Coloursound; here we have ex-members of The Cult, The Mission and (ahem) The Alarm. So, it comes as no surprise that when Billy Duffy’s trademark guitar chimes out on ‘Under The Sun’ that Coloursound have got The Cult written all over them. ‘Heavy Rain”s similarity with The Cult’s ‘Rain’, however, is perhaps taking things too far. With Mike Peters’ more [read more]
January 9, 1998: ColourSound Rock The Gathering: ColourSound surprised the audience at night #1 of Mike Peters Gathering 6 with their first live performance EVER. The packed house was electrified by the band’s brilliant rock attack. The 6 song set ended much too quickly leaving the all in attendence gasping for more… January- February Rise Tour UK 1998 January 9 / 10 / 11 “The Gathering” The North Wales Conference Centre, [read more]
Rise (Guardian:Kathy Sweeney) These days it seems you can hardly move without bumping into some eighties revival artist. The Alarm frontman is the latest to emerge from the where-are-they now? file , having disbanded the oft-derided but enduringly popular band in 1991 for a solo career that was beset with problems and illness. Now winding up his UK tour with his New Electric Band, consisting of Billy Duffy (The Cult), [read more]
January: Mike Peters Works with Poet Billy Lamont: Into The 21st Century” is poet Billy Lamont’s new recording with Select recording artist Mike Peters, formerly of The Alarm, and special guest, Allen Ginsberg. “Into The 21st Century” is an anthem for the Strobe Light Generation. January 11th: The Gathering 5: at approximately 11:30 P.M. (UK time) One half of the 80’s band The Alarm returned to the stage for the [read more]
1. ‘Feel Free’ has been a success in many European countries, especially Italy. Can you tell us just what happened in Italy? Do you consider it a breakthrough? ‘Feel Free’ has generally been received well in every country of release. The album has enjoyed positive reviews and has definitely advanced the overall perception of Mike Peters as an artist working at the cutting edge of modern music. In Italy, the [read more]
Sound Alarm for Peters’ Solo Effort (Mike Peters: Feel Free) Review Best known as a member of the Alarm for the last decade or so, guitarist Mike Peters might have a bit of trouble convincing anybody that he wasn’t holding his best stuff back for FEEL FREE. No word on whether or not the album’s title says anything about Peters’ current relationship with his bandmates, but there’s little doubt as [read more]
Second Generation “Mike Peters returns with an LP of “rare” Alarm songs recorded for the 90’s. The result is a likeable strummy set, with Peters playing half acoustically and half electrically and wringing as much passion as possible.” Second Generation “Mike Peters and The Alarm created a mystique that lured and challenged hundreds of thousands across the globe.Peters sings these tunes like he’s now connecting with them – you can [read more]
Q Magazine * * * Star review – Breathe – The Acoustic Sessions Following swiftly on the heels of the English and Welsh language versions of the LP, come the modish Unplugged sessions. At one time Mike Peters was seconds away from being inducted into that portion of the Hall Of Fame earmarked for windswept Celtic rock ‘n roll visionaries when he knocked it on the head for The Alarm [read more]
The following is a taped conversation that took place between Neil Storey and Mike Peters at London’s Marcus Studios during the recording of the [Strength] album. Neil is now The Alarm’s Press Officer having met the band on an aeroplane to New York last December. At the time he was working at Island Records but now works freelance for The Alarm and Kid Creole along with his other main interest [read more]