The Alarm’s Mike Peters talks early tours with U2, surviving multiple cancer battles and more

The Alarm, with singer-guitarist Mike Peters, will perform at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater on Aug. 14, 2018. Photo: Chart Room Media.
The Alarm, with singer-guitarist Mike Peters, will perform at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater on Aug. 14, 2018. Photo: Chart Room Media.
Published August 10

It has been more than three decades since post-punk band the Alarm last played in Tampa Bay. But Mike Peters hasn't forgotten it. You don't forget shows you played with U2 in their young prime.

"As a musician from a small town in Wales, dreaming of America, I didn't even know any friends in 1983 who'd been to Florida on holiday, never mind go there to play a concert," Peters said by phone recently. "U2 were great opening the door for us to play in those parts of the world."

Alas, the door opened, but not as much as it should have. Back in the day, the Alarm was frequently compared to U2, fusing righteous politics, punkish spirit and searing live passion into songs like Sixty Eight Guns and Blaze of Glory.

After some up and down years, including a stretch after Peters quit the band in 1991, the Alarm is touring again — although realy, it's just Peters; the other original members are on good terms but have gone their own ways. The new incarnation is coming to Clearwater's Capitol Theatre on Tuesday. Click here for details on the show.

For more of our interview with Mike Peters, click here.

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