Mike Peters last week addressed his departure from Big Country, thanking both the band and its fans “for a wonderful four years” without offering any reason for his split with the reunited group — which itself only has revealed to fans that “Big Country and Mike will now be parting ways” as it continues on as a four-piece.
Peters, though, isn’t sitting around waiting for a new gig: He’s celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Alarm’s Declaration album by performing the record on tour next year. So far, he’s announced a 16-date U.K. tour beginning in mid-February, with a pair of New York City shows throw in the middle, too.
Below, read Peters’ statement and see the full tour dates:
n. pl. jour·neys
A: The act of traveling from one place to another; a trip.
I’m sure you will all have read, as I have, the postings on the Big Country Facebook and website announcing that the group have decided to revert back to a four piece.
I would like to thank Big Country and all the Big Country fans for a wonderful four years and wish everyone well in their future endeavours. I hope to see you all again in the near future. I also want to thank all the Mike Peters and Alarm fans for their support and loyalty and look forward to celebrating with you at The Gathering in January and on the Declaration Tour in 2014.
The messages of goodwill have been overwhelming and I would like to reassure everyone that I am in good health and looking forward to the future!
The journey continues…….
Mike Peters ‘Declaration’ tour dates:
Feb. 14: O2 Academy, Liverpool, UK
Feb. 16: O2 Academy, Oxford, UK
Feb. 20: Gassienda, Keighley, UK
Feb. 21: Gassienda, Wrexham, UK
Feb. 27: Flowerpot, Derby, UK
March 5: O2 Academy, Birmingham, UK
March 6: O2 Academy, Sheffield, UK
March 7: Islington O2 Academy, London, UK
March 8: Thunderbolt, Bristol, UK
March 15: Iridium, New York City, NY, USA (2 shows)
March 21: Compass, Chester, UK
March 22: Marrs Bar, Worcester, UK
March 23: Cavern, Exeter, UK
March 27: 53 Degrees, Preston, UK
March 28: Korks, Otley, UK
April 5: Deaf Institute, Manchester, UK
April 6: Cluny, Newcastle, UK
PREVIOUSLY ON SLICING UP EYEBALLS
- Big Country announces it’s ‘parting ways’ with The Alarm’s Mike Peters after 3 years
- Big Country ‘At the BBC’ box set to compile studio sessions, live tracks, TV appearances
- Big Country to release new album ‘The Journey,’ tour U.K., Europe and North America
- Tony Butler quits Big Country, band promises ‘adventure’ with Simple Minds’ Derek Forbes
Mike Peters, a true guitar hero, along with Stuart Adamson.
Well said Mike, forever staying classy and above the fray. You did Stuart proud.