The Alarm @ City Winery / Nashville, TN / July 27, 2017

DSCN0487After seeing a mind-blowing performance by Mike Peters and The Alarm in London this past May, there was no way I was going to miss them here in Music City. Of course, I could not help but wonder how Peters would transform his high-energy show to the much smaller City Winery stage in front of a crowd about a tenth of the size.

DSCN0474DSCN0476The Winery setting was much different tonight than usual starting with a 6:30pm screening of the Man in the Camo Jacket documentary about Mike Peters. A brief Q&A with Peters immediately followed before the band took the stage around 8:15pm to kick-off a two-hour set.

As it turned out, despite the Winery atmosphere being more subdued than usual for an Alarm show, Peters still had plenty of power in his performance. He also took advantage of the situation and became a gentler front man who found the setting suitable for telling more embellished tales in-between songs.

DSCN0482DSCN0496Commanding the stage, he once again used his three mics set left, center and right. He also brought a father and his young son on stage to help introduce the audience to the Alarm antic of throwing decks of cards during “Blaze of Glory.” But, more importantly, by show’s end, he had us all on our feet clapping along to the beat.

DSCN0492This was the rock show of the year in Nashville, and the good news is that if you missed it, Peters said they’d be coming back. I would not miss it if I were you.

See here for more about Mike Peters’ day in Nashville.

SETLIST

  1. Marching On
  2. Where Were You Hiding When the Storm Broke?
  3. Coming Backwards
  4. Howling Wind
  5. Breathe
  6. Rain in the Summertime
  7. There Are No Frontiers
  8. Permanence in Change
  9. The Stand
  10. Rescue Me
  11. Sixty-Eight Guns
  12. Love and Understanding
  13. Blaze of Glory
  14. Absolute Reality
  15. 45 R.P.M.
  16. Spirit of ‘76
  17. Strength
  18. Two Rivers

BAND:
Mike Peters—vocals, electric and acoustic guitars
Jules Peters—keyboards and backing vocals
James Stevenson—bass, guitar and keyboards
Steve “Smiley” Barnard—drums

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