Spirit of the 80's 2018 featuring Mike Peters and The Alarm with Dead Letter Office and Desire
Spirit of the '80s returns to Academy Park in Lewiston on Saturday, Aug. 4. The Lewiston-Porter Class of 1987-born concert series revisits the era when heavy metal, punk rock, hardcore and hip-hop achieved increased crossover success in the mainstream.
Headlining will be Welsh musician Mike Peters, lead singer for The Alarm, who is including Lewiston on a 23-city North American tour in promotion of the new album "Equals" (out June 29). Also taking the stage for the evening show will be the band Desire, one of Canada's premier U2 tribute bands; and Dead Letter Office, a Spirit of the '80s favorite last year when the event was held at Somewhere.
Proceeds from past Spirit of the '80s shows have gone to benefit Lewiston-Porter music programs and scholarships for area students. Funds from this year's concert will go toward cancer research.
"This event will be raising money for Love Hope Strength foundation, the rock 'n' roll cancer foundation, which helps support cancer research and also getting people to become bone marrow donors," Hanrahan said.
The Alarm was made in Wales, UK and by the time of 1981's debut single 'Unsafe Building', featured a daring mix of amped-up acoustic guitars, harmonica and passionate vocals that invited the enduring description Bob Dylan meets The Clash.
The Alarm scored their first chart success in the USA in 1983 with 'The Stand', before flying back from America to make their first UK TV appearance on Top Of The Pops, notching up their first British chart hit with the rousing 'Sixty Eight Guns.
The Alarm's second album, 'Strength' (the title track becoming The Alarm's first U.S. Top 40 hit), was released in 1985 and spawned the autobiographical 'Spirit of '76'. It was at this time The Alarm made history by playing the world's very first global satellite concert, live from Los Angeles. An estimated audience of 26,000 fans turned up on the day for the original Spirit Of 86 concert that was ultimately watched by millions around the world. The set list included all The Alarms greatest hits of the time such as The Stand, Absolute Reality, Sixty Eight Guns, Strength and Spirit Of 76, songs that would see The Alarm break North America on a grand scale.
In 1992, The Alarm became one of the first bands to have a dedicated internet site www.thealarm.com when Mike Peters registered the domain and to coincide, founded The Gathering, an 'Alarm' event held in North Wales which now attracts fans from all over the world.
2017 opened with a 25th Anniversary Gathering event (that was recorded by the BBC for a National Television Broadcast), and two first ever Gathering events in both New York and Los Angeles. Both the US Gathering events featured guest appearances (from Billy Duffy of The Cult in L.A.), and David Bowie producer Tony Visconti joining the band in New York to perform 'Sold Me Down The River' that he had originally produced in 1989.
The US Gathering events also coincided with premiere screenings of the Mike Peters, Alarm, Love Hope Strength movie 'Man In The Camo Jacket', which received numerous awards on the American Film Festival Circuit and was also screened at the Grammy Museum in Hollywood. A vinyl edition of the movie soundtrack was released on Record Store Day with the band performing live at stores in California and with Jules Peters now in remission and on keyboards, the band joined up with the Vans Warped Tour for select US, for an 8 week 59 date coast to coast run including a special night at The Chapel, San Francisco during which the group were joined on stage by original drummer Nigel Twist.
Mike Peters, James Stevenson, Smiley, Jules Peters, Craig Adams, Mark Taylor
DESIRE, THE INTERNATIONAL U2 TRIBUTE ACT
Audiences that have witnessed The International U2 Tribute Desire, have been left speechless after experiencing the passion and authenticity of their performances.
Desire followed in the footsteps of U2; unifying as friends in high school and through years and years of practice now bring to life the soul, spirit and bravado of U2s 3 decades of Magnificent music.
WITNESS what people all over North America are talking about.
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Dead Letter Office
Formed in 2014, Dead Letter Office faithfully recreates the sounds and sights of an REM show. Unlike other REM tribute bands, Dead Letter Office has five members. This allows them to tackle the complete REM catalog, so fans can hear all of their favorite hits and deep cuts.
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