When British alt-rockers the Alarm released their chart topping single “68 Guns” in 1983, we bet they had no idea that it would resonate with an eerie political relevancy 33 years later.
Initially formed as a punk outfit, lead singer Mike Peters steered the sound toward a more rock purist sound which landed them gigs opening for U2 and Bob Dylan. In 2005, the Alarm made a brief comeback before Peters’ rare cancer diagnosis. Flash forward to 2017 where a cancer-free Peters has founded the Love Hope Strength charity (one of the world’s leading rock ’n’ roll cancer foundations) and is now heading a new lineup. Rock ’n’ roll never dies.
The Alarm performs at the Magic Bag on Saturday, Aug. 26. Doors open at 8 p.m; 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-544-1991; themagicbag.com; Tickets are $25.