Mike Peters (of The Alarm)
Mike Peters presents The Alarm
Spirit of '86 in 2016 East Coast US Tour
Following 2015's hugely successful 'Strength 30th Anniversary World Tour' (which racked up over 18 sell out UK shows and 6 sold out nights in New York), Mike Peters presents 'The Alarm 'Spirit Of '86 in 2016' - powered by his unique one man band concept that has been rocking venues all over the globe.
The 'Spirit Of '86 in 2016' tour will present the very best songs contained within both 'Declaration' and 'Strength' in a contemporary style that honors the legacy the band left on the decade it helped define.
Mike Peters presents 'The Alarm – Spirit Of '86' Concert tour will feature the electro-acoustic guitars that fuelled the sound of both 'Declaration' and 'Strength', a music that would see The Alarm break North America on a grand scale and peak with a live appearance at the famous Janss Steps on the UCLA college campus in California, before an audience of 26,000 fans at the original 'Spirit Of '86' concert that was watched by millions around the world via MTV's first ever live satellite broadcast.
To highlight the release of a brand new 30th Anniversary retrospective DVD / CD / Vinyl release of the original concert footage and soundtrack (both re-mastered and restored by Mike Peters), The 'Spirit Of '86 in 2016 Tour', will feature a full recreation of the set list played 30 years ago on April 12th 1986 including all of The Alarm's greatest hits of the time such as 'The Stand, 'Absolute Reality, 'Sixty Eight Guns', 'Strength', 'Spirit Of '76' and many more.
Mike Peters is co-founder of Love Hope Strength Foundation and a three times cancer survivor, fast emerging as one of the most visible advocates for those living with and beating cancer around the world. By turning rock concerts into lifesaving events Love Hope Strength's 'Get On the List' program has worked alongside more than 10,000 international recording artists (inc. Robert Plant, Frank Turner and Drop Kick Murphys), who now support the charity by allowing bone marrow drives at their concerts, resulting in over 150,000 new registrations and finding over 2,500 potentially life saving bone marrow donors.
30 years on from the original 'Spirit Of '86' concert Mike Peters still has so much to live for. After twenty years living with cancer his songs of love hope and strength have taken on greater meaning and the optimism in his words and songs ring ever true. "If a man can't change the world these days, I still believe a man can change his own destiny".
Peter Lucibelli is an enormously gifted singer-songwriter. “Pieces of Me,” his 2005 album, is a magisterial work that encompasses the range of human experience from the frustrations and joys of love, the wonder of parenthood, the reality of death, and the ephemeral fragility of people and places that are dear to us. “Fly,” the first soundtrack, is an upbeat instrumental piece, in major chords, which starts off smooth and easy on the ears and then moves quickly into a haunting profundity. I like it a lot. My major interest, however, is the human voice and I prefer songs with lyrics. Moving to Track 2, “Rearview Mirror,” after 20 seconds of intro the listener is treated to that most remarkable instrument of all, Lucibelli’s voice. As you continue through the album you will inevitably be impressed by his range of emotion. His phrasing is always lucid and his voice has a timbre and a range that can move from deep husky yearning to highly polished elegance and every stop in between. The words that immediately came to mind was “authenticity”. His voice always reflects the emotions of his songs and his songs treat many topics. Track 3, “It Don’t Matter” is a post break-up song which is plaintive and melancholy. The lyrics capture the emotions of denial with the nuances of deeply felt emotion underneath. Lucibelli’s songs for his son and his daughter are masterpieces. I thought of the poems that the Irish poet, Yeats, wrote for his son and daughter when I heard the excitement, joy, longing, and fulfillment of fatherhood in his words. Lucibelli’s song about his own father depicts some of his father’s gorgeous and plangent violin playing. It is very moving. Three songs that have already started to haunt me are “State Line,” “Leaving Soon” and “Old Stories by the Seaside.” The emotional range and depth of these songs are astonishing. They are highly personal and yet they deal with the universal emotions that all of us will reflect upon if we have the least philosophical bone in our bodies. These songs are profound yet accessible. I don’t much like making comparisons, but I would put Lucibelli as his own distinguished non-derivitive singer/songwriter/poet. His voice has little notes of Springsteen, Tom Waits, Jim Morrison, and Brian Eno and all fans of those voices should listen to Lucibelli whose voice is absolutely original. He is no copy of anyone. I would hesitate to put Lucibelli into any one niche. His voice and his music should appeal to the following: rockers, folk music lovers, people who love operatic voices, indie rockers, pop, progressive, and sundry other categories. He offers enough to keep almost all listeners happy. Take this journey! You will be moved and grateful.