Northern Dates As The Alarm Celebrate 40th Anniversary
by Geoff Ford
Welsh rock legends The Alarm are back on the road in the UK this April, finally getting to celebrate 40 years making music, including dates at venues across the north.
“All through the lockdowns The Alarm have worked hard and kept ourselves primed for the return of rock’n’roll,” said lead singer and songwriter Mike Peters. “I never once gave up hope that The Alarm’s music would sound again so, to stay focused, we held weekly internet broadcasts that allowed us to commune and share music with our fans around the world.
“We also invited small groups of people to visit our local village in North Wales where we performed intimate, Covid safe concerts in our Chapel Studios or went out live from the recording studio via the internet. I wanted to make sure that when this moment arrived, we could hit the ground running and be better than ever before”.
Fans will be able to see and hear the full power of The Alarm as they celebrate 40 years since their self-produced debut single Unsafe Building and the band’s iconic red poppy logo first appeared.
“This is the Year of the Red Poppy,” Mike adds. “40 years ago, the original symbol appeared on the sleeve of our second single Marching On. It has been with us in one shape or another ever since, so I have commissioned a giant Red Poppy flag that will be displayed inside each venue we play on the tour for fans to sign with their name. It is my hope that this Red Poppy flag, which has become the symbol of our community, will collect the names and spirit of all those people who have lived and loved special moments with The Alarm’s music, and fly until it is blown away by the wind at The Alarm Sanctuary in North Wales.”
The Red Poppy Flag will be presented at each show and appropriate writing materials will be supplied at each event for fans to add their names to the flag as it travels around the world over the course of the next calendar year.
“Through all our lockdown activities, I must have played every single one of the 400 plus songs in our armoury,” says Mike. “This is the music that has kept us strong throughout and fans can expect to hear a huge amount of music from all the eras of our shared history. We have been in rehearsals since December and have a vast array of songs to choose from, so we are aiming to have over 30 songs in the set each night. Ranging from big hitters like Sixty Eight Guns and The Stand, touching on fan favourites like Deeside and Majority, to some of the new music recorded and released last year as captured in our new film 50 Days in Lockdown, fans can expect to hear it all!”
The new Alarm feature film 50 Days in Lockdown premiered this week in Washington DC and was Inspired by the real-life events of January 6th 2021 when the US Capitol Building was occupied during the global lockdown. The film captures the real time recording process of the new album by The Alarm, beginning with the occupation of the Capitol Building leading to the start of recording sessions in a caravan in North Wales.
Written and recorded in just 50 days, with songs presented live from the legendary Rockfield Studios, 50 Days in Lockdown tells the story of The Alarm’s lockdown and how a group of isolated musicians fed off each other’s virtual energy to create an album that ‘captures the zeitgeist’ of the global lockdown.
The Alarm remaining northern tour dates:
Friday 1 April, Leeds, Beckett University (aka The Met)
Friday 8 April, Sheffield, Foundry
Friday 15 April , Manchester, 02 Ritz (rescheduled date – all original tickets remain valid)
For more information, please visit https://thealarm.com/upcoming-shows/