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Mike Peters And The Alarm To Celebrate Acclaimed New Album EQUALS by kick starting Fall North American Tour with acoustic performance at Kulak’s Woodshed.

Fall 2018 N. American Tour Confirmed; See Dates Below

The Alarm to participate in the Love Hope Strength Foundation - Rock The Canyons, a unique fundraiser where supporters will trek with the band to a concert in the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas finale, Oct 14-21, 2018

• Third annual celebration of The Alarm "New York Gathering" confirmed for April 12 & 13, 2019


For immediate release –The Alarm, will ignite their 19-date North American tour promoting Equals (the critically lauded new album which has simultaneously put the band back on the charts on both sides of the Atlantic), by performing an acoustic set at Kulak’s Woodshed in Los Angeles on October 24th before appearing at the legendary Roxy Theater on Sunset Boulevard, the very next night on October 25th. It’s been 30 years since The Alarm have performed at The Roxy, so this is sure to be a special night and exciting way to kick off the North American tour.

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Prior to the tour, Mike Peters and The Alarm are also taking part in the Love Hope Strength Foundation fund-raising trek Rock The Canyons from Oct. 14-20, 2018 which will take the band, cancer survivors, supporters and musicians (including Robin Wilson of Gin Blossoms and Billy Duffy of The Cult), into the depths of The Grand Canyon to perform a unique concert followed by a Golf Day and finale event at the ARCIS Desert Pines Golf Club in Las Vegas on Oct. 20. One of the best natural wonders of the world on one of the best charity events imaginable!

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The Alarm recently performed atop the LIVE Nation building in New York attracting over 100,000 Facebook Live viewers while announcing dates for the tour and their third annual New York Gathering which will take place April 12-13, 2019 at both the Gramercy Theatre and Irving Plaza.

Both events will feature two very special and unique Alarm concert experiences.

On Friday April 12, at the Gramercy Theatre, The Alarm will perform in full, the exact same set list as presented during their historic 'Spirit Of '86 Concert' that was broadcast globally by MTV on April 12, 1986. This anniversary concert will also coincide with the re-release date for The Alarm's STRENGTH album which is being re-mastered and made available in record stores around the world also on April 12, 2019. The title song 'Strength' gave it's name to the Love Hope Strength charity co-founded by three time cancer survivor, Mike Peters in 2007 that has since registered over 150,000 people to the International Bone Marrow Registry and potentially saved over 3,500 lives in the process.

On Saturday April 13, The Alarm will perform a second full electric set at the prestigious Irving Plaza in New York, where fans can expect to hear all the very best Alarm music that has resonated with North American audiences since the release of The Stand back in 1983 and endured to the present day, through the release of new album Equals.

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The Alarm on tour:

10/24 – Kulak’s Woodshed (acoustic performance with Mike)

10/25 – The Roxy – Los Angeles, CA

10/26 – Jub Jub's Thirst Parlor – Reno, NV

10/27 – Slim's – San Francisco, CA

10/29 – The Crocodile – Seattle, WA

10/30 – Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, CAN

10/31 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theatre

11/2 – Commonwealth Room – Salt Lake City, UT

11/3 – Streets Of London – Denver, CO
11/4 – Oriental Theatre – Denver, CO

11/6 – Off Broadway – St. Louis, MO
11/7 – Record Bar – Kansas City, MO

11/8 – Ludlow Garage – Cincinnati, OH

11/9 – The Athenaeum Theatre – Columbus, OH

11/10 – The Music Box – Cleveland, OH
11/11 – The Crafthouse Stage & Grill – Pittsburgh, PA

11/12 – TBD

11/13 – Sellersville Theatre – Sellersville, PA

11/14 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA

11/15 – The Horseshoe Tavern – Toronto, ON


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THE ALARM - Short Biography

The Alarm was made in Wales, UK and by the time of 1981's debut single 'Unsafe Building', featured a daring mix of amped-up acoustic guitars, harmonica and passionate vocals that invited the enduring description “Bob Dylan meets The Clash”. 

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This is the sound of The Alarm that has been heard around the world ever since, with 17 Top 50 UK singles, a host of successful albums and over 6 million album sales worldwide.

Following an initial breakthrough in the USA with 1983's 'The Stand’ (that recently triggered over 1.5 million Spotify hits after featuring in the Netflix’ TV series ‘13 Reasons Why’), alongside the evergreen 'Sixty Eight Guns' that entered into the UK chart soon after, The Alarm headlined their own 'Spirit of '86 Concert' before 26,000 fans in Los Angeles, that was beamed around the world via MTV's first ever live global satellite broadcast.

In the summer of 1991, the demands of the road were at the heart of a very public swan song for the original members at London's Brixton Academy, before the current line up emerged causing worldwide controversy in 2004 through The Poppy Fields 'fake band' escapade. 

Released to conceal their true identity, the Alarm's first single of the millennium - '45 RPM' would ultimately take their signature electro-acoustic sound back into the UK top 40 and even further into the mainstream rock culture of North America via a Headline News TV appearance with Dan Rather.

The Alarm's return was halted almost immediately when, in late 2005, Mike Peters was diagnosed with an incurable cancer (A rare B-cell form of Leukemia), forcing the band into playing select shows, dictated by the chemotherapy / treatment regime that has kept Mike Peters alive ever since.

In January 2006, Mike Peters was given the go ahead to resume normal duties and the group continued with the release of 'Under Attack' and another Top 30 single - 'Superchannel'.

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A year later, Mike Peters founded Love Hope Strength - which is dedicated to 'Saving Lives One Concert At A Time’ and can now lay claim to having registered over 170,000 individuals to the International Bone Marrow Donor Registry through its 'Get On The List' program in the UK / USA.

Despite travelling from relapse to remission and back (as documented by 2017’s award winning US Movie release - ‘Man In the Camo Jacket’), The Alarm family suffered another cruel blow, when Jules Peters (keyboards), was diagnosed with Breast Cancer during filming of a BBC Documentary about the band. Broadcast nationally as ‘Mike and Jules – While We Still Have Time’, the raw footage touched many people’s lives and featured a moving tribute from Bono of U2.

Despite everything, Mike Peters and The Alarm have continued to be creative throughout, and on June 29th, will release a brand new album for 2018 entitled EQUALS. It features 11 songs that individually and collectively document all they have been through in order to stay alive.

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Before assembling material for The Alarm's first album of new music in eight years, Mike Peters paused to take stock. To move forwards, he first had to look back and acknowledge the back-story of a group whose songs of defiance have traditionally been fuelled by an almost umbilical bond between band and audience. In the aftermath of 2010's Direct Action album, Mike Peters embarked on an ambitious renovation programme that commemorated a string of Alarm 30th anniversaries by revisiting some of the band’s landmark releases from the Eighties, a decade that saw a plucky band of young Welsh guitar- slingers break straight outta Rhyl, with plenty of street fighting spirit and an implacable belief in the communal power of music. Mike and the group began by re-working some of their earliest songs on 2011's The Sound And The Fury before re-imagining a brace of their mid-Eighties albums, Declaration and Strength, by re-recording them in full, and taking the new versions out on the road with a marathon world tour.

'I wanted to address our artistic history,' says singer, guitarist and songwriter Mike Peters. 'There wasn't a massive need for new music purely for the sake of it around that time, because we have an audience who are very attached to our history. I also wanted to go back to the start and re-evaluate everything. I had songs that had followed me around for all of my adult life, and I wanted to remake them as if they had been written today. The meanings of some lines change as you go through life, and I wanted to reflect that. I knew it would divide opinion, but I felt it would open doors, too. I wanted to shake up our audience and myself, so I re-wrote some of the original lines and re-introduced verses I had edited out. It had quite an effect on me: the past started to inform how I was writing my new songs and I was able to carry that spirit forward into something new.'

That something new is Equals, The Alarm's first new album since Direct Action and a barnstorming collection of 11 songs that act as a retrenchment of original values and a poignant reflection of the tough times Mike and his wife Jules have been through in recent years. Having recovered from lymph cancer in 1996, Mike was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia in 2005 and, after an initial recovery, he suffered a relapse in 2015. To compound an already terrifying situation, Jules, who plays piano and sings backing vocals, was diagnosed with breast cancer just after. All band activity was put on hold as the pair underwent treatment and it is only now, with both in remission, that The Alarm are firing on all cylinders again. The emotional repercussions, though, are all too evident in the spirit of life-affirming optimism in the face of adversity that runs through Equals.

'The songs were built out of what I had become,' says Mike. 'I learnt a lot about myself and my relationship with Jules, and it's all there in the music. I didn't set out to write about what we were going through. If there was any music in me, it was going to come out naturally, and that's what happened. I didn't have a guitar by my side as my wife was having investigative surgery for breast cancer. All I had were these incredibly strong feelings that I found myself putting into words and writing down onto my phone without even thinking they might form the basis for songs. It was only after we'd both reached some sort of equilibrium that I realised I had all these lyrics. One day, I put the words on the studio floor and realised I could make sense of them as music. I don't even remember writing most of these lyrics, because my mind had been focused on more important matters.'

With so much material – 23 finished songs in all – Mike initially envisaged The Alarm’s return with a double album (which started out under the all-embracing handle of Blood Red Viral Black). ‘All the songs had a similar emotional core although there are also fundamental differences,’ explains Mike. ‘So I divided the songs into two categories - inwards / red / blood and outwards / black / viral. Road-testing the new songs live helped me to decide which ones were right for Equals.’

Produced by George Williams, who previously worked on 2005's Under Attack, Equals opens with a torrent of epic rock numbers such as Two Rivers and Beautiful, which see Peters singing about coming to terms with the past before moving to enjoy life to the full. With Mike and Jules joined by Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros drummer Smiley and guitarist James Stevenson, who cut his teeth with Chelsea, Gen X and The Cult, the album encompasses twin harmony guitars, pounding drums and electronic layering, while guest guitarist Billy Duffy (The Cult) helps Peters and Stevenson blend acoustic and electric sounds on Coming Backwards.

'One of the things that set us apart during the early days of The Alarm was the way we put electric pickups into acoustic guitars,' says Mike. 'That gave us a unique style, but we never explored that in full as we progressed. So I went back and created the ultimate, custom-made Alarm guitar – one with an electric pickup that could also be played acoustically. As I was preparing this album, I also experimented with loop pedals and other effects. I listened to Ed Sheeran, The White Stripes and The Black Keys, who use old / new school technology to create a big sound through just one or two musicians. In the rehearsal room, I learnt to create the sound of a full band while I was turning the lyrics into songs. The technology set me free.'

Equals is the latest chapter in an inspirational story that has seen The Alarm sell six million albums while clocking up 17 Top Fifty singles in the UK. Formed in 1981 in the Welsh seaside resort of Rhyl, the original band of Peters, Dave Sharp, Eddie MacDonald and Nigel Twist broke through on the back of the singles Unsafe Building, The Stand, Sixty Eight Guns and Where Were You Hiding When The Storm Broke?, their music a passionate blend of amped-up acoustic guitars, harmonica and Mike's stirring voice. A string of successful albums saw them bracketed alongside U2, The Waterboys, Simple Minds and Big Country as part of Eighties rock's distinctive Celtic fringe. After an emotional swansong at Brixton Academy in 1991, the original members went their separate ways, with Mike launching a solo career and joining forces with Billy Duffy in a short-lived band called Coloursøund. The lingering allure of his old group proved hard to resist, however, and Peters entered a new millennium back at the helm of The Alarm. The group's activities since that 1999 re-launch have included an ambitious album project, the Poppy Fields Bond, that saw them release five CDs in five months in 2003 and a 'fake band' escapade the following year in which they concealed their true identity by releasing a single, 45 RPM, as The Poppy Fields. They created a global news story when the song unexpectedly hit the UK charts.

Today, with Mike's health now 'back on an even keel' and Jules in remission, The Alarm are looking forward to promoting Equals with characteristic vigour. Peters wouldn't want it any other way. Not long after his second diagnosis, he founded a charity foundation, Love Hope Strength, and has since registered over 170,000 individuals to the International Bone Marrow Donor Registry. A man who refuses to be beaten, his drive in adversity is truly something special.

'I had a very solid upbringing, with strong parents who were always supportive.' says Mike. 'They never had a problem with me becoming a punk or starting a band. Later on, all my dreams starting coming true. I appeared on Top Of The Pops, toured America, sang onstage with Bob Dylan and met the love of my life. Then, suddenly, all of life's certainties were ripped away. I didn't know how I was going to respond, but writing songs helped. It would have been natural to think: "Why me?". But I didn't want to put those sentiments into song, so I had to accept what was happening and find a way of moving forwards. Looking back, the situation allowed me to keep on doing what I've always aspired to do as an artist – which is to write honestly and openly about life without fear.'


The Alarm was made in Wales, UK and by the time of 1981's debut single 'Unsafe Building', featured a daring mix of amped-up acoustic guitars, harmonica and passionate vocals that invited the enduring description “Bob Dylan meets The Clash”. 

This is the sound of The Alarm that has been heard around the world ever since, with 17 Top 50 UK singles, a host of successful albums and over 6 million sales worldwide, a career that has also seen founding member Mike Peters sing on stage with Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen and U2.

In fact, The Alarm scored their first chart success in the USA in 1983 with 'The Stand', before flying back from America to make their first UK TV appearance on Top Of The Pops, notching up their first British chart hit with the rousing 'Sixty Eight Guns’. The hit 'Where Were You Hiding When the Storm Broke?' was to follow in early 1984 before the release of their debut LP, ‘Declaration', which went to Number 6 on the UK chart.

The Alarm's second album, 'Strength' (the title track becoming The Alarm's first U.S. Top 40 hit), was released in 1985 and spawned the autobiographical 'Spirit of '76'. It was at this time The Alarm made history by playing the world's very first global satellite concert, live from Los Angeles. An estimated audience of 26,000 fans turned up on the day for the original ‘Spirit Of ‘86’ concert that was ultimately watched by millions around the world. The set list included all The Alarm’s greatest hits of the time such as ‘The Stand, ‘Absolute Reality, ‘Sixty Eight Guns’, ‘Strength’ and ‘Spirit Of ‘76’, songs that would see The Alarm break North America on a grand scale.

The 1987 album, 'Eye Of The Hurricane', followed with the international hit, 'Rain In The Summertime', backed by a series of world tours (including an extended US outing with Bob Dylan). The release of the band's first live mini album 'Electric Folklore', furthered The Alarm's reputation for engaging live shows.

'Change', The Alarm's fourth studio album was released in late 1989), and the band saw out the '80’s with a sell-out concert in New York City were they were joined on stage by Neil Young to perform 'Rockin' In the Freeworld'. 'Change' went on to become a hit on both sides of the Atlantic, with 'A New South Wales' reaching the UK Top 40 in 1990 and 'Sold Me Down the River' becoming a U.S. Number 1 Rock Hit.

'Raw' was the last record to feature the original line-up of the band when, in the summer of 1991, the demands of the road were at the heart of a very public swan song at London's Brixton Academy. 

A decade of solo action followed with guitarist Dave Sharp releasing 'Hard Travelling' in the month after Brixton and (following a relocation to New Orleans later in 1994), a second solo album - Downtown America.

In 1992, The Alarm became one of the first bands to have a dedicated internet site when Mike Peters registered the domain and to coincide, founded ‘The Gathering’, an 'Alarm' event held in North Wales which now attracts fans from all over the world.

Throughout the rest of the nineties, Mike Peters went on to establish himself as a respected solo artist with the release of the independent long player 'Breathe' in 1994 (Number 5 on album chart), followed by 'Feel Free' (1996) and 'Rise' (1998), two records which would document Mike Peters first engagement with the cancer (Leukaemia), that has followed him throughout life ever since. The recording sessions for 'Rise' featured a guest collaboration with the then ex-The Cult guitarist Billy Duffy and in 1998 the two created a short lived band called Coloursøund which (following an appearance at SXSW), attracted widespread interest within the music industry. A headline gig at London's LA2 was seen by original Alarm bass player Eddie Macdonald and The Cult vocalist Ian Astbury. Soon after The Cult was back together and reiginiting their career by playing at the new Woodstock Festival and an album of Coloursøund demos was released retrospectively.

In 1999, Peters went on to record a fourth solo album that formed the soundtrack to the stage play - 'Flesh & Blood', the recording sessions saw Mike Peters reunite with original Alarm song writing partner Eddie Macdonald. Following this collaboration, Mike Peters and Eddie Macdonald decided to reconvene as - The Alarm (without, but with the blessing of Dave Sharp and drummer Nigel Twist). Originally billed as The Alarm MM, the reconstituted band featured Mike Peters and Eddie Macdonald, backed by members of the Mike Peters solo band, namely guitarist James Stevenson (Gen X, Gene Loves Jezebel, The Cult), bass player Craig Adams (Sisters Of Mercy, The Mission, The Cult) and drummer Steve Grantley (Stiff Little Fingers).

The band's first dates were with fellow Celt Rockers - Big Country but after just eight dates including a concert at London's Shepherds Bush Empire, Eddie Macdonald decided to quit, leaving Mike Peters to forge a path that would lead to the release of new Alarm music.

In 2000, 'The Alarm Complete Collection’ box set was released, bringing together The Alarm’s entire 1980's musical output into a nine-CD box set, along with a bonus ‘audio dedication’ CD personally recorded by Mike Peters.

In 2003, and in just 5 months, the 'In The Poppy Fields Bond' was written, recorded and released (via the website). A massive five album, 59 song set, that allowed the new line up to come of age with new music of its own and ready to face the world as a creative force once again.

In late 2003, the cameras of VH1 struck and brought the original band members together to perform for the show Bands Re-United at La Scala in Kings Cross. In the aftermath, everyone once again, went their separate ways with Mike Peters taking the 'new' Alarm back to the USA for the 'The Alarm Make A Stand In The USA Tour', which involved the band playing New York, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles on a weekly basis over one month.

In 2004, The Alarm's first brand new single of the millennium - '45 RPM' would ultimately take their signature electro-acoustic sound into the UK top 40, into the mainstream rock culture of North America causing worldwide controversy at the same time.

'The Poppy Fields' "fake band" escapade was conceived to conceal the identity of The Alarm from a media concerned with only playing brand new bands and brand new music.

The true identity of The Alarm was eventually revealed by the BBC on Top Of The Pops and instantly triggered a rush of global media exposure, culminating in a US TV appearance on CBS Headline News with Dan Rather.

Following this unlikely success, a new record deal with EMI was signed although The Alarm's return to prominence was halted almost immediately when, in late 2005, Mike Peters was re-diagnosed with an incurable cancer (A rare B-cell form of Leukemia), forcing the band into playing select shows only, dictated by the chemotherapy / treatment regime that has kept Mike Peters alive ever since.

In January 2006, Mike Peters was given the go ahead to resume touring duties and the group continued with the release of 'Under Attack' which was bolstered by another Top 30 record in the shape of 'Superchannel' and live anthem Without A Fight'.

In that same year, Mike Peters was honored with a lifetime achievement award at the Welsh Music Awards and also coming eleventh in a Welsh Assembly Government-backed poll of the top 100 Welsh heroes. 

Whilst continuing with a lengthy rehabilitation program of constant chemotherapy throughout 2007, Mike Peters founded the Love Hope Strength charity which is dedicated to 'Saving Lives - One Concert At A Time’ and now firmly established as one of the world’s leading rock and roll cancer foundations with over 3,500 lives potentially saved through its 'Get On The List' program.

At the beginning of 2008, Mike Peters and The Alarm recorded an Eight EP Collection - 'The Counter Attack Collective', that gave birth to the single album 'Guerilla Tactics' that was released on the day Mike Peters performed an 'pop up' concert in New York's Times Square. The album's opening cut 'Three Sevens Clash' was released to American Rock Radio and made it's way into the top 5.

In 2010, the Direct Action album followed with the cover version of 'One Guitar', that would later be performed by Bruce Springsteen along with writer Willie Nile, and a guest appearance from Mike Peters. The 'Direct Action' tour saw the band tour North America and the U.K. only this time (following the departure of Steve Grantley to take up a full time role with Stiff Little Fingers), with new permanent drummer 'Smiley'  from Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros.

The ‘Sound and the Fury’ album was released in 2011 to mark The Alarm's 30th Anniversary. The ‘Sound and the Fury’ featured re-workings of songs from all eras of the band’s history. 

On New Years Eve in that same year, Mike Peters walked out onto the stage at Glasgow's ABC to take up guest vocal duties with Big Country and sing for his long time friend and original Big Country vocalist / guitarist - the late Stuart Adamson, whom Mike had met onstage while performing with U2 back in 1983.  

Mike Peters continued to tour with Big Country throughout 2012/13, going so far as to record an album of original material entitled 'The Journey' that was received enthusiastically by fans and critics alike. 2

013 was also the year of the cinematic release of the Alarm / Poppy Fields inspired movie - 'Vinyl' starring Phil Daniels (Quadrophenia/Blur), Keith Allen, Perry Benson and Jamie Blackley. Rreleased to British cinemas nationwide the 'Vinyl' - Soundtrack Album and Tour featured a collection of brand new Alarm music composed specifically for the film such as the movie's recurring theme song 'Free Rock And Roll' which was recorded by The Alarm with 'Vinyl' star Phil Daniels on guest vocals.

In 2014/15 respectively, The 30th Anniversary of The Alarm albums - Declaration (2014) and Strength (2015), were acknowledged with the release of newly recorded collections (including companion discs 'Peace Train' and 'Majority' respectively).

The new recordings centred on re-imagined takes of all the songs and b-sides from each period. A two year commitment to constant touring from Mike Peters, featured full length presentations of each of the albums via a unique one-one man band 'Mike Peters presents The Alarm' stage show that took Mike Peters all around the world.

In April 2014, the reworked 'Declaration' album was presented 'live' on BBC Wales with a stripped back 'acoustic / orchestral' version of The Alarm and the Welsh Symphony Orchestra. A surprise video message from all the members of U2 singing Alarm anthem 'Blaze Of Glory', went viral on the internet.

A second concert to celebrate the anniversary of the 'Strength' album took place at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff in October 2015 with The Alarm again, backed by a huge orchestra (conducted by arranger John Quirk). The event was filmed and recorded for release as Poppies Falling From The Sky', which took it's title from the moment when millions of red poppies literally fell ‘from the sky’, and down on to the unsuspecting audience during the finale.

The 'Spirit of '86 event was revisited in 2016 as 'Mike Peters presents The Alarm' concert experience returned to UCLA, (the scene of the original MTV broadcast), and performed the exact same setlist at the James Bridges Theatre. An exhaustive tour followed with The Alarm making it's first ever appearance at Glastonbury Festival. 

That summer, Mike Peters wife Jules, was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and tour dates had to be cancelled. The BBC filmed events surrounding the Peters family in real time and created the documentary 'Mike and Jules - While We Still Have Time', which also featured contributions from long time family friend Bono from U2. Whilst caring for his wife during this tense time, Mike Peters poured his feelings into song and before the year came to close, took The Alarm back into the recording studio to work on the new material.

2017 opened with a 25th Anniversary Gathering event (that was recorded by the BBC for a National Television Broadcast), and two first ever Gathering events in both New York and Los Angeles. Both the US Gathering events featured guest appearances (from Billy Duffy of The Cult in L.A.), and David Bowie producer Tony Visconti joining the band in New York to perform 'Sold Me Down The River' that he had originally produced in 1989. 

The US Gathering events also coincided with premiere screenings of the Mike Peters, Alarm, Love Hope Strength movie 'Man In The Camo Jacket', which received numerous awards on the American Film Festival Circuit and was also screened at the Grammy Museum in Hollywood. A vinyl edition of the movie soundtrack was released on Record Store Day with the band performing live at stores in California and with Jules Peters now in remission and on keyboards, the band joined up with the Vans Warped Tour for select US, for an 8 week 59 date coast to coast run including a special night at The Chapel, San Francisco during which the group were joined on stage by original drummer Nigel Twist.

A UK October Tour (with original Alarm guitarist Dave Sharp joining as special guest), would see The Alarm play out one of the most creative years in it’s history. A new album and tour dates are expected for 2018.