Darwen, England

Darwen is a Town in Lancashire, England were Dead Men Walking and The Alarm has played.
Dead Men Walking released a live album of the 3rd October 2006 gig.

3rd October 2003 : Dead Men Walking – Library Theatre, Darwen, England
Band Line Up : Mike Peters, Bruce Watson, Slim Jim Phantom, Glen Matlock, Kirk Brandon
Set list : Set 1 – Rock This Town, Wild Flower, Burning Sounds, Pumpkin Man, Fragile Thing, Stepping Stone, Rescue Me, Young Men, Sixty Eight Guns, Chance. Set 2 – Rumble In Brighton, Driving To Damascus, Ghosts Of Princes In Towers, I Can See, Edie (Ciao Baby), She Sells Sanctuary, God Save The Queen, Spirit Of 76, (Do You Believe In The) Westworld, Runaway Boys, In A Big Country, Stray Cat Strut, Pretty Vacant
This gig was recorded and released on CD in 2004 on Resistance Records, catalogue number Resistance 003

20th October 2006 : Dead Men Walking – Library Theatre, Darwen, England

6th May 2011 : The Alarm – The Sound and Fury (30th Anniversary Tour) Tour – Library Theatre, Darwen, England
Band Line Up : Mike Peters, James Stevenson, Craig Adams, Steve ‘Smiley’ Barnard, Mark Taylor
Set list (includes) : Sixty Eight Guns, The Stand, Rain In The Summertime, 45 RPM (Encore) Knockin’ on Heavens Door

ReviewLancashire Telegraph by John Anson
The intimate surroundings of Darwen Library Theatre might seem an unlikely setting for a rock and roll celebration – but that’s exactly what The Alarm delivered last night. By the first song we’d already had audience participation, by song two the hands were in the air and from the third song people were off their seats and never sat down again. Lead singer Mike Peters remains one of rock’s great frontman. He has battled ill health and spent a lot of time setting up his cancer charity, the Love, Hope Strength Foundation, but give him a stage and he’s still in his element.

The current The Sound and The Fury tour marks the band’s 30th anniversary and songs from every era were served up to a delighted crowd The big hair and attitude of the early Alarm may have been replaced with more sensible looks and knowing smiles but the energy remains. As the temperature in the room rose, anthems such as 68 Guns and The Stand were belted out alongside the more contemplative Rain in the Summertime. The band’s more recent offerings weren’t forgotten either including the ‘spoof’ single 45rpm which saw Mike Peters back in the charts. A rousing encore included a cover of Knockin’ on Heavens Door and then it was over. After thirty years the sound is as good as ever while the fury may have been tempered a little, there’s plenty of fight left in The Alarm.

(Page Updated 08/05/2021)

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