Mike Peters and The Alarm Deliver a Legendary Show
Any frequent visitors to RarasFarm realize that I am a huge Mike Peters fan. Strength is in my Top 25 albums ever, “Walk Forever By My Side” was my wedding song, and a fortuitous meeting at a Warped Tour event led to my favorite interview ever… with the endearing, compassionate front man from The Alarm.
The Alarm just might be my favorite band ever. It’s a painful admission, because the Welsh rockers were making meaningful rock ‘n roll music and surging in popularity, when in 1991, lead singer Mike Peters, literally walked off stage in a Blaze of Glory. That moment quickly and shockingly ended their ascent to the pantheon of rock bands almost as soon as it began.
I’ll admit that I first listened to this track because I noticed an endorsement from Mike Peters. Those who read here regularly know that I hold a very a special place in my rock ‘n roll heart for the former Alarm front man. Of Fireflys, he described them as “a good mix of REM and The Gin Blossoms.”
In our heirloom series we feature under-appreciated classics that are deserving of a bit more recognition and adulation. Today, I take a look at The Alarm’s 1985 classic Strength, with a deeper look into my favorite song from the album “Walk Forever By My Side,” including thoughts from the man who wrote it, Mike Peters.
The Alarm’s Mike Peters Talks About Love, Hope, Strength and more
A this year’s Van’s Warped Tour Lineup announcement, I was fortunate to bump into legendary front man Mike Peters, of The Alarm. The Welsh rocker is a fantastically caring person as you’ll discover in the interview below. His participation in this summer-long tour across the US serves two purposes. It’s a way to introduce a new generation to the music of The Alarm and more importantly to Peters, it’s a chance to save lives.
The Vans Warped Tour is a young person’s event. Me? I’m not a young person, not by any stretch of the imagination. But I’m young at heart, and unlike many of my contemporaries, I love new rock music just as much as I love the 80s rock I was educated on. This appreciation for all things rock, enabled me to experience a priceless moment with one of my heroes amidst a room packed with college students.
Cy Curnin, has been entertaining rock music fans for more than twenty-five years. He continues to morph his sound and polish his approach keeping him a relevant voice in the rock music world. Best known as the distinctive voice behind The Fixx, he’s also had a successful solo career, and he impressed the crowd Saturday night with an engaging Unplugged set at the Velvet Lounge in Orlando.
This was my first trip to a Velvet Sessions Unplugged show and it was a great experience. The stage is set up in the lobby lounge at the Hard Rock Hotel, and is a nice intimate arrangement. There were reasonable priced reserved tables near the stage and plenty of free standing-room spots. The sparse stage this night included an acoustic guitar, a keyboard and the dapper Curnin, himself, adorned in his frock from Kilimanjaro
Curnin shared a nice mix of Fixx hits, a few deeper cuts and some of his solo stuff during the highly interactive 90 minute set. His voice was perfect, having held up magnificently after all of these years of performing. He conversed with the audience throughout, sharing many stories and life experiences and truly seemed to enjoy the interactions. He was an affable front man, who engaged everyone in the crowd throughout the show.
The highlight of the set was a haunting stripped down version of “Saved By Zero.” It was almost unrecognizable versus the original, yet was a fantastic spin on The Fixx classic. The audience favorite was “Red Skies,” which featured considerable audience participation.
He’s also a rocker with a conscience, sharing his experiences and affinity for Love Hope Strength Foundation (LHSF) and a few environmental organizations with the crowd. LHSF is the brain child of Mike Peters (The Alarm) and is a musician driven organization focused on Cancer survivors.
All told, it was a fantastic, unplugged concert, showcasing a talented, engaging and caring performer.