Mike Peters performs in Bristol, England, in February 2015. (Photo by the Mike Peters Organization)
The congenial Mike Peters, lead singer of The Alarm, welcomed his audience to the Hamilton Tuesday night with a round of handshakes from the stage.
The Welshman explained that he likes the personal touch of the audience, and that as a younger man, he always preferred touring before stage security barriers became a common occurrence in the mid-1980s. When security barriers started popping up regularly and creating a four-foot gap between himself and the audience, Mike began setting boards across the gap between stage and barrier so that he could at least temporarily transverse it and greet the audience at the start of the show.
Unfortunately, his ingenuity worked against him at a sold-out gig at the Hammersmith in London in 1985, when a health and safety inspector forced the removal of Mike’s temporary bridge immediately before a show began.
“Everybody knew the boards were gone except me!” Mike told the crowd at the Hamilton.
Mike Peters on the Strength Tour 2015 in Winchester at The Railway. (Photo courtesy Mike Peters Organization)
Mike Peters of The Alarm spent much of 2014 celebrating the 30th anniversary of his band’s first full-length album, Declaration. In doing so, he made a solo visit to Gypsy Sally’s in Georgetown.
“All in all, Peters put on an incredibly satisfying and entertaining show in a venue well suited for his solo performance and witty recollections,” I reported for the sadly defunct We Love DC on the show, held August 7, 2014.
A little over a year later, Mike is back, celebrating another anniversary! This time around, it’s the 30th anniversary of The Alarm’s second full-length album, Strength. And the celebration takes place locally in a solo show at the Hamilton Live on Tuesday, Sept. 8.
As a “one-man band,” Mike will play the album Strength along with other songs while sharing stories and images to honor the album, his band and their history. The album includes such beloved classics from The Alarm as “Spirit of ‘76” and “Walk Forever by My Side.” The album and much of its material is inspired by Mike’s own fight against cancer.
Watch a somewhat recent acoustic performance of the “Spirit of ‘76” in a video for the song on YouTube:
Mike continues his own cancer fight, but he also fights to help others. Over the last four years, Mike’s Love Hope Strength Foundation:
- found over 1,500 potentially life-saving bone marrow donor matches;
- built the first ever children’s cancer center in Tanzania;
- supported the Bhaktapur Cancer Center in Nepal with life-saving equipment; and
- registered over 90,000 donors through its “Get On the List” program.
Tickets are available online.
The Hamilton Live
Tuesday, Sept. 8
Marina V (Photo compliments of the artist)
Singer-songwriter Marina V may have immigrated to Los Angeles from Moscow, but the redheaded siren sings universally buoyant songs that sound as if they could have come from a chirpier Tori Amos if it weren’t for the sometimes barely detectable European accent in her voice.
Born Marina Verenikina, she moved to the United States as a teenager and began making music. Her most recent album, Inner Superhero, features 10 upbeat songs of asserting yourself and living life to its fullest. Marina V is touring in support of the new album, and she makes a few stops on the tour as the opener for UK synthpop legend Howard Jones.
One such stop occurs tomorrow, Tuesday, August 18 at the Hamilton Live.
Watch the official video for single “Enjoy the Ride” on YouTube:
As you can see from her video, Marina still has strong ties to Moscow, and she films videos and performs there regularly. Don’t miss this international chanteuse when she opens for Howard Jones at the Hamilton. Tickets are available online.
Listen to clips from Inner Superhero on Soundcloud:
(Opening for Howard Jones)
The Hamilton Live
Tuesday, August 18