Former Alarm singer/guitarist Mike Peters will launch a brief U.S. club tour next month under the moniker Alarm 2001, as the precursor to some more extensive plans. The run will kick off April 5 in We
Former Alarm singer/guitarist Mike Peters will launch a brief U.S. club tour next month under the moniker Alarm 2001, as the precursor to some more extensive plans. The run will kick off April 5 in West Warwick, R.I., and close April 28 in Bayside, N.Y. As with a similar West Coast swing last year, Peters will be backed by guitarist James Stevenson (Generation X, Gene Loves Jezebel), bassist Richard Llewellyn, and drummer Steve Grantley (Stiff Little Fingers).
The tour comes in support of "The Alarm 2000 Collection," a nine-disc box set amending the band's recorded output with previously unreleased tracks, archival photographs, and extensive liner notes from all four original band members -- Peters, guitarist/vocalist David Sharp, bassist Eddie MacDonald, and drummer Nigel Twist. As a bonus, fans who order the set through the official Alarm Web site receive an acoustic version of the Alarm song of their choosing, specially recorded and dedicated by Peters.
"I've done thousands of them," Peters tells Billboard.com of the ambitious undertaking. "And I've done every single song in the Alarm catalog, now that I did 'Third Light' just the other day." Originally sung by MacDonald, "Third Light" appeared on the band's 1984 IRS debut, "Declaration."
In addition, the entire Alarm catalog was remastered by Peters from the original IRS masters and reissued in the U.K. by Twenty First Century, under license from EMI Records. Each disc features additional tracks, new liner notes, and previously unseen photographs.
There is plenty more on tap for Peters, who last weekend played a special showcase set at the annual South By Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas. Next week he'll embark on a short U.K. tour with Glenn Matlock (Sex Pistols, Rich Kids), Kirk Brandon (Spear Of Destiny, Theatre Of Hate), and Pete Wylie (Mighty Wah). Under the banner Dead Men Walking, that tour kicks off next Tuesday (March 27) in Aberdeen, Scotland, and closes April 1 in London. The six-date run will feature solo sets from each artist, followed by group performance to close each show.
In June, Peters will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Alarm's first live performance with a series of U.S. solo acoustic concerts. The first will take place June 15 at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., with dates in Los Angeles, New York, and Boston to be scheduled. While he's not planning a 12-hour show of every Alarm song (as he did at a fan club show last year in North Wales), the personable and engaging performer is planning lengthy acoustic performances of Alarm songs interspersed with his tales of life in the band.
Peters is planning to return to the U.S. later in the summer for a July/August outing supporting fellow 1980s acts the Psychedelic Furs and the English Beat.
Here are Mike Peters' Alarm 2001 tour dates:
April 5: West Warwick, R.I. (the Station)
April 6: Randolph, N.J. (Obsessions)
April 7: Springfield, Va. (Jaxx)
April 9: Chicago (Elbo Room)
April 10: Indianapolis (Ritz Music Hall)
April 12: Cambridge, Mass. (T.T. The Bear's)
April 13: Plainview, N.Y. (Vanderbilt)
April 18: Norfolk, Va. (NorVa)
April 19: Richmond, Va. (Alley Katz)
April 20: Atlanta (Cotton Club)
April 24: Jacksonville, Fla. (Jack Rabbit's)
April 27: Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (the Chance)
April 28: Bayside, N.Y. (VooDoo Lounge)