“This new album sounds gigantic and like a return to what a big album should sound like. This is the type of album that can fill an arena.” – Rebel Noise
“Listen to The Alarm’s upcoming album, pointedly called Forwards, and you’ll hear a man whose songwriting is as anthemic as ever, and, yes, determinedly forward looking.” – WNYC
“Forty-one years on from ‘Marching On’, The Alarm are living proof that what doesn’t kill you can make you stronger (9 out of 10)” – Classic Rock
Announces Acoustic Dates In California
Re-Releasing Classic EPs Upon Their 40th Anniversaries!
AUGUST 4, 2023 (Wales, UK) – Following his triumphant return to the U.S. in June with his sold-out two-night engagement in NYC and the release of his critically-hailed new album FORWARDS, Mike Peters is bringing The Alarm Acoustic Tour to California for a highly anticipated concert series across the state.
- October 18th Canyon Club, Montclair, CA Tickets Here
- October 20th Wiens Winery, Temecula, CA Ticket Link Soon
- October 21st Canyon Club, Agoura Hills, CA. Tickets Here
- October 22nd Coach House, San Juan Capistrano, CA Tickets Here
Leading The Alarm’s creative charge for over 40 years and following a dramatic year of severe health challenges in 2022, Mike oversaw the writing and recording of Forwards, the group’s fourth brand-new album since 2018. Like its charting predecessors Equals (#2), Sigma (#1), and Omega (#8), Forwards entered the UK Rock Chart at #4 and the Billboard Independent Artist chart at #21.
Alive with melody and the soaring rock anthems with which Mike Peters and The Alarm have become synonymous, Forwards continues their trademark battle cries that have fueled the band’s remarkable four-decade trajectory. This month (August) marks their very first-ever television appearance on the legendary TV program American Bandstand performing the alternative radio classic “The Stand.”
“It’s incredible to think that it’s forty years since The Alarm appeared on American Bandstand with Dick Clark,” says Mike. “It only seems like yesterday that we were driving across the Bay Bridge in San Francisco on the way to our first US show with U2, and hearing Bono and The Edge on the radio interrupting the DJ and having him play ‘The Stand’ instead of their song ‘New Years Day.’ After the show, a fan came to us with a copy of The Alarm EP which IRS Records had quickly assembled from our UK singles and soon after we were invited onto US TV while still relatively unknown in the UK. The Alarm’s dream came true in America in 1983 and it’s still alive today in 2023. I can’t wait to connect with all the Californian Alarm fans this October.”
To mark the occasion, the band is releasing their first four UK singles and classic 1983 US debut – The Alarm EP (released for the first time ever in the digital domain) throughout August and September in support of the dates in October. Each release will feature the official single versions, b-sides and original artwork beginning with the release of “Unsafe Building” on August 15th, “Marching On” on August 22nd, “The Stand” on August 29th, “The Alarm EP” on September 5th and finally “Sixty Eight Guns” on September 12th (subsequent singles will be announced upon reaching their 40th anniversaries in the near future).
Described at the time by Bono as “The second greatest rock and roll band in the world,” The Alarm’s video for “The Stand” (filmed for early MTV’s Cutting Edge program), will be premiered on wide screen on August 29th when The Alarm EP will be released into the digital music domain along with recently discovered footage of The Alarm’s debut TV appearance on American Bandstand from August 28, 1983.
“The Alarm appeared on US TV first,” continues Mike. “It wasn’t until later in September that the band made a similar breakthrough in the UK with ‘Sixty Eight Guns,’ which was released while we were still on tour in the USA. We actually had to fly back to London to record a TV appearance for the BBC’s Top of The Pops and, all of a sudden, The Alarm was happening on both sides of the Atlantic. You couldn’t write the script.”