Sunday, 5 June 2011

Come On Down

Accompanied by Pie Princess, Mrs Pieman, John Boy, Big Mike and Georgio Dragonslayer we made a trip to Liverpool to see the Alarm on their "Sound and the Fury" 30th anniversary tour.

This was at the 02 Academy2 just around the corner from Lime Street station. On this occasion they were supported by The Last Republic.

It has been a busy year for front man Mike Peters and his voice sounded a little bit worse for wear. With Big Country vocal duties and recording the soundtrack for upcoming movie "Vinyl" and this tour it is perhaps understandable. This should not detract from his and the bands performance which was as committed and passionate as ever.

With a smattering of songs from throughout their career including Marching On, The Stand, Spirit of 76, Where Were You Hiding, 45 RPM, 68 Guns, Rain In The Summertime, Deeside...... there was something for everyone and even the opportunity to wish Mr Bob Dylan happy birthday by singing Knockin on Heaven's Door at the end.

A nice twist towards the end was the introduction of an audience member/fan who had bid prior to the gig to be part of the band for the night and be on stage with them performing. Fortunately for all concerned I did not win this auction in aid of The Love Hope and Strength Foundation co-foundered by Mr Peters after his experiences with cancer in recent years.

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