10/12/2000: Mike Peters/Alarm 2000, Key Club, Hollywood, CA
the “Alarm 2000” tour is off to a blistering start. The first Gig on the 12th at The Key club in Hollywood was exceptional. A massive crowd (350-400) for a Thursday night was in attendance, and they all went mad for Mike and the band. Justice was done to the songs (and then some), and the 5th member of the band (the audience) came out in full force. As the band attcked each song, more and more of the crowd was swept into a frenzy, until the final Blaze Of Glory, which was socks-knocked-off brilliant. The crowd ate it all up, and the band knew it, smiling almost through the entire set. The Key club management told Mike after the show that they had not seen anything like it in years. Crowds just don’t sing-along and get excited like the days of old. The Sunset Strip broke its cool (for one night at least) and real rock and roll had returned.
Mike Peters: Lead vocals, guitar
Guitar: James Stevenson(Chelsea,Generation-X, Gene Loves Jezebel)
Bass: Richard Llewellyn (Jess,Cartoon)
Drums: Steve Grantly: (Stiff Little Fingfers)Set List
1. Marchin’ On
2. Where Were You Hiding When the Storm Broke?
3. Knife Edge
6. One Step Closer to Home
7. Unsafe Building
8. Absolute Reality
9. We Are the Light
10. Walk Forever by My Side
11. The Deceiver
12. The Stand
13. Sold Me Down the River
15. Rain in the Summertime
16. Rescue Me
17. Spirit of ’76
18. 68 Guns
19. Blaze of Glory
The Band: AWESOME. The tightest, best sounding ALARM show since the Change Tour. James Stevenson literally BECAME Dave Sharp. His mannerisms, his playing style, EVERYTHING was reminiscent of Dave. The entire band literally ATTACKED each song with so much vigor that I was exhausted just watching them by the start of the second song. The only word to describe it is INCREDIBLE!
As soon as those first few chords of Declaration started (I had hoped they’d start the show that way!!) I in knew I was in for a treat and “memories came flooding back” Joy struck my heart and I was reminded how much this music enriches my soul.
I was impressed at how tight the band was and very impressed with James Stevenson playing guitar sounding so much like Dave Sharp. I can tell he worked hard at it. It sounded more like the old Alarm than I expected.
I must also say that I noticed that Mike’s guitar playing has gotten
better and better over the years too.
The set was awesome, playing the hits along with a few surprises for me (Deeside and Majority) Mike seemed to really be enjoying himself on stage. I guess he was in his element. The live dedication for a couple of “Walk Forever By My Side” was a good touch too. He saved 68 Guns and Blaze of Glory for the encore.