Women in Music 2016

Peters Sounds Alarm For 20th Anniversary

The Alarm's Mike Peters will mark the 20th anniversary of his former band with the Alarm Anniversary World Tour. The solo acoustic jaunt will touch down for a pair of dates May 15-16 in Rome and a hom

The Alarm's Mike Peters will mark the 20th anniversary of his former band with the Alarm Anniversary World Tour. The solo acoustic jaunt will touch down for a pair of dates May 15-16 in Rome and a hometown celebration June 9 in Rhyl, Wales, followed by a five-date tour of the U.S.

The celebration in Rhyl comes 20 years to the weekend of the first ever Alarm concert, while the June 15 stop at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., is notable as it was the location of the Alarm's last ever concert in America.

Formed from the ashes of Peters and drummer Nigel Twist's punk outfit the Toilets, and briefly known as Seventeen, the band debuted as the Alarm in 1981. Rounded out by guitarist Dave Sharp and bassist Eddie MacDonald, the Alarm went on to record five studio albums for IRS, and achieve considerable international success. "Strength," released in 1996, was the band's highest charting set in the U.S., reaching No. 39 on The Billboard 200.

The anniversary shows will feature Peters performing Alarm songs and sharing stories of his 10 years with the band. Fans familiar with Peters' penchant for performing will not be surprised to hear that he's expecting to put on lengthy shows for each night of this look back at his career.

"It's going to be split into sections," Peters tells Billboard.com, "with a chance for me to perform some rare stuff from the archives." He continues, "It will be a bit behind-the-scenes, with stories and anecdotes between the songs. There's also going to be a visual aspect of it, with photos of the band, and the whole thing will start with a short film of the band as Seventeen from 1980, when we were on tour with the Stray Cats in Europe."

Although it's a solo show, he says such elements will keep the focus on the band as a whole. "Without being able to get the original lineup together, which has proved impossible, I think that this the best way to do it," he says.

That said, while Peters is not expecting his former cohorts to join him, he wouldn't mind if any one of them decided to drop in. "They've all had an invite," he says, stressing that the four are still friendly. "But there's nothing planned."

Since the demise of the Alarm in 1991, Peters has recorded several solo albums, toured relentlessly, and formed a band with Cult guitarist Billy Duffy dubbed Coloursound, currently on hiatus while Duffy is working with the reunited Cult and Peters is concentrating on his solo work. A Coloursound album was released in Europe, which Peters expects to issue in the U.S. sometime this year. A compilation of unreleased Seventeen tracks is also in the offing.

Last year Peters toured under the Alarm 2000 banner backed by guitarist James Stevenson (Generation X, Gene Loves Jezebel), bassist Richard Llewellyn, and drummer Steve Grantley (Stiff Little Fingers). This year, as Alarm 2001, Peters recently finished a round of U.S. club dates, and plans to be back on the road in the U.S. later this summer.

Here are Mike Peters' Alarm Anniversary World Tour dates:
May 15-16: Rome (Big Mama)
June 9: Rhyl, Wales (Town Hall)
June 13: Cambridge, Mass. (TT the Bear's)
June 15: San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (Coach House)
June 16: Hollywood, Calif. (Knitting Factory)
June 20: Chicago (Elbo Room)
June 23: New York (Village Underground)