Aberdeen, Scotland – (Gigs)

Aberdeen is a city in Scotland where The Alarm, Dave Sharp & The Barnstormers, Mike Peters & The Poets of Justice, Dead Men Walking, The Alarm (MM), Dave Sharp (solo), Big Country with Mike Peters and Mike Peters (solo) have played live at various venues

The Alarm have also featured on an Aberdeen Radio interview broadcast on 7th May 1987

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(v) 31st January 1984 : The Alarm – Fusion Club, Aberdeen, Scotland
Band line up : Mike Peters, Dave Sharp, Eddie Macdonald, Nigel Twist

(v) 7th May 1987 : The Alarm – Ritzy, Aberdeen, Scotland
Electric Folklore Tour
With support from Wire Train
Band line up : Mike Peters, Dave Sharp, Eddie Macdonald, Nigel Twist, Mark Taylor

(Advert from The List, Gig ticket provided by John Ryrie)

(v) 19th January 1990 : The Alarm – The Music Hall, Aberdeen, Scotland
No Frontiers Tour
With support from Salvation
Band line up : Mike Peters, Dave Sharp, Eddie Macdonald, Nigel Twist, Mark Taylor
With Support from Salvation

(Gig tickets provided by Pauline Redman and John Ryrie)

(v) 17th September 1991 : Dave Sharp & The Barnstormers – Caesars Palace, Aberdeen, Scotland
With support from Tobias Bourke
Band line up : Dave Sharp, Reverend Charlie Mackintosh, Rockabilly Billy Penn, Dr Joe De Lorenzo, Chris Rioux

(Gig ticket provided by John Ryrie)

(v) 27th October 1992 : Mike Peters and The Poets of Justice – The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen, Scotland
Exodus Tour
Band line up : Mike Peters, Ethan Johns, Dave Watkins-Clarke, Martyn Barker, Jules Jones Peters

(Gig ticket provided by John Ryrie)

1st October 1998 : Coloursound – The Works, Aberdeen, Scotland
Band line up : Mike Peters, Billy Duffy, Craig Adams, Steve Grantley

27th March 2001 : Dead Men Walking – The Loft, Aberdeen, Scotland
Band line up – Mike Peters, Kirk Brandon, Pete Wylie, Glen Matlock

(v) 18th May 2002 : The Alarm MMII – Glow 303 Aberdeen, Scotland
The Resistance Tour 2002
Band line up – Mike Peters, James Stevenson, Craig Adams, Steve Grantley
With support from Spear of Destiny, Pete Wylie – the Mighty Wah!

(Gig ticket provided by John Ryrie)

15th August 2002 : Dave Sharp – Dr. Drakes, Aberdeen, Scotland
Gig cancelled

14th October 2003 : Dead Men Walking – Larva, Aberdeen, Scotland
Band line up – Mike Peters, Kirk Brandon, Glen Matlock, Slim Jim Phantom, Billy Duffy, Bruce Watson

22nd December 2004 : Mike Peters – Express and Journal Arena, Aberdeen, Scotland
Supporting Status Quo on The XS All Areas Tour – Solo performance

21st February 2005 : Mike Peters – Exhibition Centre, Aberdeen, Scotland
Supporting Status Quo on The XS All Areas Tour, Tokyo Dragons also supporting – Solo performance

1st October 2005 : Dead Men Walking – The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen, Scotland
Right To Party Tour
Band line up – Mike Peters, Kirk Brandon, Captain Sensible, Slim Jim Phantom

23rd October 2005 : Mike Peters – The Warehouse, Aberdeen, Scotland
Direct Acoustic Tour
Mike Peters Solo acoustic performance

3rd January 2011 : Big Country – The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen, Scotland
Band line up – Mike Peters, Bruce Watson, Tony Butler, Mark Brzezicki, Jamie Watson
Set list : 1000 Stars, Harvest Home, Driving to Damascus, The Teacher, Just a A Shadow, Look Away, Porrohman, Inwards, East of Eden, Steeltown, The Storm, Wonderland, Fields of Fire (Encore) Lost patrol, Chance (Second Encore) Restless Natives, In A Big Country

4th May 2011 : The Alarm (MM) – The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen, Scotland
Band line up – Mike Peters, James Stevenson, Steve “Smiley” Barnard
Supported by GoGoBots
Original source – flaresnseagulls.com/the-reviews/the-alarm-may-2011

I was never really a fan of The Alarm back in the day when they were setting out so I’m not going to pretend otherwise. One of my pals was though, I’ll call him K for short, funnily enough he was also well into Big Country who Alarm vocalist Mike Peters also fronts nowadays. K made sure that I got plenty listening time to these bands although I was preferring a sound a little more edgy at the time and he’d have just loved to see the lads kicking off `The Sound and The Fury 30th Anniversary Tour` at The Lemon Tree.

First up tonight though is Glaswegian band GoGoBots whom I first discovered at Wickerman Festival last year. They’re a three piece with a sound that mixes synth driven songs with a rocky twang making it something different but the tempo of many of their songs changes midways making for what I think is an interesting mix. I quite like these genre challenging bands these days, much like The Lafontaines were not so long ago and its makes for a refreshing listen. Their eight song set starts off with the `get your attention` You Ain’t Seen Nothing and the highlights, in my humble of course, are Do You Remember and Is This Love before finishing with We Are Here, a song that I’m actually not too fond of, maybe due to the vocal range from singer Marko Kelly. I’ve enjoyed the performance though, and hope that they can maybe get their second visit to Aberdeen under their belt before long.
A thirty minute wait and at 9pm The Alarm come onstage and its straight into a biggie with Blaze of Glory quickly followed up by Absolute Reality. Drummer Smiley seems to have found his feet without any problem as Release the Pressure and then Alarm Calling has the first three rows or so of the crowd singing along in unison and its something that pretty much does not let up for the rest of the night. I’ve always thought that The Alarm has pretty much a cult following and the knowledge of the crowd just shows how much they know as Unsafe Building (one of The Alarms first singles?) gets yet another airing.
Tonight I’ve just realised just how timeless some of this music is, it’s as relevant now as it was 20-30 years ago. Its passionate, with littered statements, and full of soul. K used to lecture me on these things too. Anyway, I’m thinking the band are really enjoying this tonight as we get Marching On, Sold Me Down The River and then Rain in the Summertime. Not sure what he thinks the weathers like outside but I’m thinking Mike Peters must be cooking inside with that suede jacket on!
Un-break the Promise and Drunk and Disorderly take us to Where Were You Hiding When the Storm Broke? and Mike Peters microphone seems to give up halfway through so it’s the turn of The Lemon Tree crowd to grab the baton and finish the singing for him. Maybe you had to be there, but it was a fucking stunning moment for me. Well done folks.
So, last song before the encore and its the stream train of an Alarm track that is 68 Guns.  We get a little introduction to a young Steven O’Neill who I think won an auction to play with The Alarm tonight. I’ve had a read about this today and I think it’s an excellent piece of work and Mike also informs us that the funds raised tonight go to a local cancer charity so that’s worth even more of a clap from me. Love Hope Strength seems to go on forever, with its quiet bits that make you think to the faster, rockier parts that make you cheer up again. It’s a brilliant song, and very appropriate.
The winning post is in sight and the trump cards are played as One Guitar and 45 RPM take us up to a stunning Spirit of ’76. It’s a brilliant end to a superb performance and a great start to the tour, much better than I’d expected. I last saw The Alarm a couple of years back when they played with The Damned up in Inverness but tonight I thought was a much better gig all round. And aye, at last,  I’m a fan.
Long live The Alarm, and long live Mike Peters.
This review is dedicated to my pal K, who passed away in July 2008 after losing his fight against cancer. You’re not forgotten mate.
Still Burning.

13th April 2013 : Big Country – The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen, Scotland
The Journey Tour
Band line up – Mike Peters, Bruce Watson, Tony Butler, Mark Brzezicki, Jamie Watson

(v) 30th March 2014 : Mike Peters – The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen, Scotland
Declaration Tour 2014 (30th Anniversary)
Solo acoustic performance
Press release
Mike Peters Presents The Alarm ‘Declaration’ 30th Anniversary Tour.
Upon its original release on February 13th 1984, ‘Declaration’, The Alarm’s debut album, instantly catapulted Mike Peters and the band on to the worldwide stage. Now thirty years later, Mike Peters will perform the entire album in full, with a unique one-man band ‘Alarm’ style show which will highlight the original alt-folk, acoustic punk protest roots of the songs that form the core of the album’s original intent. The sonic blueprint for The Alarm’s organic sound was amplified acoustic guitars, harmonica and a drum kit; a formidable sonic attack that will be reinforced in a contemporary setting this February, when Mike Peters’ ‘Declaration’ will be unveiled alongside a contemporary remake of the album that Alarm fans know so well. It promises to be an insightful evening of music, memory and innovation that will allow fans to see another side of the musician and the music that is Mike Peters. Will Never Die” – Three words of intent from Mike Peters and The Alarm’s evergreen 1983 single ‘Sixty Eight Guns’, the epicentre of the band’s worldwide hit album ‘Declaration’ which celebrates it’s 30th anniversary in 2014. A unique one man band ‘Alarm’ show, lead singer / songwriter Mike Peters will present the album in a contemporary setting with performance, stories and images to highlight the impact that this album had on the decade it was born in, and its ongoing relevance, as Mike Peters continues his personal fight against cancer with the Love Hope Strength Foundation ‘Saving lives – One Concert At A Time’

6th October 2017 : The Alarm – The Assembly, Aberdeen, Scotland
Band line up : Mike Peters, James Stevenson, Steve “Smiley” Barnard, Jules Jones Peters
With support from Dave Sharp – Solo acoustic
Set includes : Unsafe Building (Acoustic)

Click image for video of Unsafe Building from an audience recording

22nd November 2019
: Mike Peters solo – The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen, Scotland
Hurricane of Change Tour
Solo acoustic performance
Set 1 Downstream
A New South Wales, Newtown Jericho, Ghosts of Rebecca, The Ballad of Randolph Turpin, Irish Sea, My Land Your Land, Hallowed Ground, Eye of the Hurricane, A Rose Beyond The Wall, Shelter, Rescue Me, Rain in the Summertime, Only Love Can Set Me Free, Permanence in Change, World On Fire, Time to Believe, One Step Closer to Home, Elders & Folklore
Set 2 Upstream
Where a Town Once Stood, New Frontiers, Hardland, Black Sun, Firing Line, Change II, Corridors of Power, How the Mighty Fall, Sold Me Down the River, Breaking Point, Prison Without Prison Bars, Scarlet, Devolution Workin’ Man Blues, Love Don’t Come Easy, The Rock, Rivers to Cross, Change I, A New Day
Strength, Spirit of ’76, Blaze of Glory, Deeside, In a Big Country, Sixty Eight Guns

(Page updated 15/04/2022)

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