What a year 2013 has been. My first thoughts are of being on stage at last January’s Gathering with everyone as close to the stage as possible and rocking as hard as can be – together. It was a wonderful experience to play before a large crowd without a barrier. The energy was amazing and the thought of it stayed with me throughout the months that followed. Another highlight was [read more]
Love Hope Strength @ Britain Against Cancer Love Hope Strength UK was present at the Britain Against Cancer Conference 2014 that took place in Central Hall Westminster on December 10th. Britain Against Cancer is hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer (APPGC), and is one of the largest conferences of its kind in the UK and is an annual fixture in the Westminster calendar. LHS UK had an [read more]
The Gathering 2014 – Set List? As the countdown to The Gathering 2014 (January 31st – February 2nd 2014) continues, Mike Peters has begun to turn his attention towards the set lists planned for both Friday and Saturday concerts. This year, we are asking all who are attending to submit their own set lists and ideas for songs to be performed in both acoustic and electric performance settings. Mike himself [read more]
The Mike Peters Declaration show at London O2 Islington Academy has completely sold out. Mike Peters / Alarm fans who are intending to visit other shows on the tour are being further advised to purchase tickets in advance in order to avoid disappointment. Ticket outlets all over the country are reporting excellent sales for all shows. “There’s a landmark on the skyline, There’s a sign standing in the road” Mike Peters [read more]
Mike Peters – The Alarm – Christmas Declaration 2013 The Alarm.com is pleased to announce details of the latest releases for the holiday season. ‘Abide With Us’ – The Alarm live at The Gathering 2013 is the latest double CD release on the Twenty First Century Recording label featuring some 38 tracks and over two hours and twenty minutes of Mike Peters and The Alarm in concert. We are also [read more]
Mike Peters will make his now annual trip to Bergen in Norway to play ‘Sammenkomsten’. Over two nights at the Madam Felle venue on Friday / Saturday December 20th and 21st 2013, Mike Peters will perform two varied acoustic sets featuring songs that span all the decades of his fascinating songwriting career. The Madam Felle, Bergen is a great music venue and has witnessed some amazing shows there since Mike [read more]
The Mike Peters Declaration show at King Tuts in Glasgow has completely sold out almost four months in advance. Mike Peters / Alarm fans who are intending to visit other shows on the tour are now being advised to purchase tickets in advance in order to avoid disappointment. Ticket outlets all over the country are reporting excellent sales for all shows (especially the London date for March 7th which only [read more]
Mike Peters will make a very special local appearance at Ysgol Dewi Sant, Rhyl, North Wales, November 29th for Dewi Sant Rocks (Sold Out). Dewi Sant Rocks is an acoustic concert to benefit the pupils of Ysgol Dewi Sant. The evening will feature a unique Mike Peters home town storyteller style solo. As the evening develops, Mike Peters will also be joined by members of the music teaching staff, school [read more]
Mike Peters will make a special guest appearance at the Light Of Day (Wales), Benefit Concert (Parkinson’s Disease), at the Tape Community Arts Centre, Berthes Road, Old Colwyn, North Wales this Saturday evening (7.00 pm), 30th November, along side Mercury Prize winner Badly Drawn Boy, Jesse Malin (Degeneration), Joe ‘D’Urso and US recording artist Guy Davis. Badly Drawn Boy – or Damon Gough to use his real name, is Lancashire’s answer [read more]
James recently had a feature in the premiere Guitarists magazine, Guitar Player. There is now an online version which are are pleased to share with all Alarm fans. www.guitarplayer.com
Mike Peters Declaration Tour is proud to announce the following shows in Wales. Fri Feb 21st – Wrexham Central Station 01978 358780 – www.centralstationvenue.com Fri Feb 28th – Neath Gwyn Hall 0300 3656677 – www.gwynhall.com Sat Mar 1st – Ebbw Vale Institute 01495 708022 – www.wegottickets.com Sun Mar 2nd – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach 02920 230130 – www.seetickets.com Tickets for these new dates are on sale now. Feb. 14th Liverpool O2 Academy [read more]
Mike Peters Declaration Tour is proud to announce the following three shows in Scotland. Feb. 22nd Edinburgh Liquid Rooms Mar. 29th Glasgow King Tuts Mar. 30th Aberdeen Lemon Tree Tickets for these new dates are available now via www.gigsinscotland.com Feb. 14th Liverpool O2 Academy Feb. 16th Oxford O2 Academy Feb 20 Keighley Gassienda Feb 21 Wrexham Central Station Feb 27 Derby Flowerpot Mar. 05th Birmingham O2 Academy Mar. 06th Sheffield O2 [read more]
JOURNEY 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 [read more]
Mike Peters Declaration Tour has been extended to include the following venues around the UK. More dates will be added including Scotland and South Wales very soon. Tickets for these new dates will go on general sale from Monday 11th November. Feb 20 Keighley Gassienda Feb 21 Wrexham Central Station Feb 27 Derby Flowerpot March 8 Bristol Thunderbolt March 21 Chester Compass March 22 Worcester Marrs Bar March 23 Exeter [read more]
Feb. 14th Liverpool O2 Academy Feb. 16th Oxford O2 Academy Mar. 05th Birmingham O2 Academy Mar. 06th Sheffield O2 Academy Mar. 07th London Islington O2 Academy Tickets for all dates are on sale now at www.ticketweb.co.uk Mike Peters Presents The Alarm ‘Declaration’ 30th Anniversary Tour. Upon its original release on February 13th 1984, ‘Declaration’, The Alarm’s debut album, instantly catapulted Mike Peters and the band on to the worldwide stage. [read more]
It’s another early start for the Love Hope Strength team. It’s Sunday but here in Tel Aviv it is the equivalent of Monday morning back home and so there is a lot of traffic on the road as we make the journey to Nazareth to join Dr. Amal and her team for the Arab Donor Drive. The drive has been organised at the request of people in the community who [read more]
My alarm clock has never been worked as hard as it is here in Tel Aviv. At 8.00 am Jules and I are waiting outside the hotel and within seconds are greeted by the smiling face of Lior Sabban driving the car towards us on this bright and sun shiny day. We are bound for the Sea Of Galilee. In the car with us is our trusty team of Russ [read more]
Mike Peters Presents The Alarm ‘Declaration’ 30th Anniversary. One night // Two Shows. Live in New York at Iridium 1650, Broadway. Saturday 15th March 2014. [First performance at 2000. Second performance at 2200] “Will Never Die” – Three words of intent from Mike Peters and The Alarm’s evergreen 1983 single ‘Sixty Eight Guns’, the epicentre of the band’s worldwide hit album ‘Declaration’ which celebrates it’s 30th anniversary in 2014. A unique one man [read more]
Today begins at the more respectable hour of 10 o’clock and our first meeting of the day is with Miri Ziv of the Israeli Cancer Association at the Eretz Israel Museum Coffee Shop in Tel Aviv. Shlomo drives us to the meeting and we spend a lunchtime connecting with Miri and hear all about the marvellous work conducted in Israel by the ICA. Dr. Amal and Prof. Brautbar both spoke [read more]
The light of the Golden City pours into the room at an altogether unholy hour… We have a meeting at 8 o’clock (6.00 AM for us technically), so we fight the urge to not wake up and struggle down the stairs to reception for the first meeting of the day. We are meeting with Natan Shapira and we talk through ways to bring a Love Hope Strength contingent to the [read more]
Touchdown in Ben Gurion, Tel Aviv airport was greeted with a spontaneous round of applause from all the on board passengers (which is something I have not experienced since my early flights to the USA back in the early 1980’s). Jules and I joined in enthusiastically, and took it as a sign that our mission to Israel was going to be even more special than we dared hoped it might [read more]
MISSION TO ISRAEL On Wednesday October 2nd 2013, I will be travelling to Israel to give my support to an incredible lady named Dr. Amal Bishara who has been single-handedly running an Arab Donor Registry in towns and villages throughout Israel. The registry is doing phenomenal work and despite a serious lack of funds, Dr. Amal and her supporters have managed to sign up over 20,000 individuals and find 24 [read more]
Thirty years ago, on September 21 1983, The Alarm performed for the very first time on UK television show Top Of The Pops. ‘Sixty Eight Guns’ was in the UK charts at number 54 and the band’s performance on the BBC was beamed into the households of the UK and watched by millions. Watch The Alarm’s performance again here and read this report with the band that was conducted in [read more]
The summit of Snowdon: Here you are nearer to Heaven “Copa’r Wyddfa: yr ydych chwi, yma, Yn nes at y nefoedd” On Saturday September 14th 2013, 200 trekkers, on behalf of Mike & Jules Peters’ charity, Love Hope Strength Foundation, set off on the seventh annual climb of Snowdon. Click Here To See The Photo montage Click Here To See The Photo’s in Slideshow When Mike was diagnosed with leukaemia [read more]
On Saturday September 7th 2013, on our second annual climb to the summit of Ben Nevis, a brave team of LHS trekkers set off to conquer Ben Nevis on behalf of the Love Hope Strength Foundation… “If at first you don’t succeed, try again: Mist and rain you should not heed, try again; When the clouds have rolled away, And the sun holds glorious sway, Climb the path without delay, [read more]
‘Sixty Eight Guns Will Never Die’ – The Alarm’s evergreen 1983 single will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its original release on September 12th 2013. To mark the occasion, lead singer, Mike Peters recently entered The Third Man Record Store in Nashville (owned by Jack White III of the White Stripes), to cut a limited edition run of 30 individual ‘direct to disc’ 6″ vinyl singles. Each single features a [read more]
Due to a flurry of last-minute registrations for this weekend’s Love Hope Strength charity fundraising event, Ben Nevis Rocks, it has been decided to keep the registration open until mid-day on Friday. Mike and Jules Peters are thrilled that so many supporters have committed to the climb already and are looking forward to spending some quality time on the mountain with everyone. An informal reception for all participants both before [read more]
A great video interview with Smiley whilst out on the road with Archive. The article on the WikiDrummers website is in 3 parts, click here to view.
Alarm bassist, Craig Adams is currently on tour with The Mission in the USA. The band are on tour promoting a brand new album ‘The Brightest Light’ and after the dates in the USA, will tour in the UK and Germany. USA Tue 03-Sep Washington, DC 9:30 Club Wed 04-Sep Philadelphia, PA Trocadero Thu 05-Sep New York, NY Irving Plaza Fri 06-Sep Toronto, Lee’s Palace Sat 07-Sep Chicago, IL House [read more]
The story of Susan Striffolino and her LHS jouney is inspiring and heartwarming. Why not check out the LHS website and read Susan’s amazing story. Click here for Susan’s story
Join Love Hope Strength Founders Mike Peters and James Chippendale live on Facebook this Sunday at 1400 (GMT) / 7.00 PM (EST), for a cyber get together of all Love Hope Strength Volunteers. https://www.facebook.com/groups/219292398093753/ Mike and James would like to take this opportunity to personally thank all The Alarm’s fan volunteers for their efforts in making this summer one of the most successful seasons in Love Hope Strength donor drive [read more]
Mike Peters, sat down with CBGBs media team last year at the CBGB festival. Vinyl premiered at the festival last year. Thanks to the CBGB facebook page for posting this, and why not check out the CBGB festival Youtube Channel. Click here to purchase the Vinyl DVD. Click here to purchase the Vinyl soundtrack and ‘making of’ DVD.
We are very pleased to announce that Mike will be returning to the NY area for a very special solo show at Page One in Glen Cove, NY on Monday August 19th. THIS EVENT HAS NOW SOLD OUT.
Mike Peters In America – Someone to Live For Mike Peters personal blog about his adventures in the USA has just been updated to include the run through Texas which featured Mike Peters on the texas Daily talk show performing live and speaking with Love Hope Strength co-founder James Chippendale. Read all about it here.
“Knowing that each one of our gigs has the potential to save lives is very humbling,” Plant says of Peters’ bone marrow registration booths at concerts Mike Peters, the frontman for U.K. bands the Alarm and Big Country, has been fighting cancer for 18 years. In the mid-’90s he went into spontaneous remission after being diagnosed with lymphoma. Ten years later he was diagnosed with leukemia. “My ambition is to [read more]
Greetings from Canada. I’m sat in the hotel lobby in Montreal, Canada and about to enter the final month of this long and adventurous tour with Big Country. I’m really looking forward to coming back to the UK and hitting the mountains of Ben Nevis and Snowdon again in September with all of you who have signed up to participate in both of those events. Ben Nevis Rocks – September [read more]
Mike Peters will play an opening slot acoustic set with Cherie Curie (Lead singer of The Runaways), on August 29th at the Harriet Himmel Theater @ Cityplace in West Palm Beach, Florida. Tickets and information available here www.cheriecurrieconcert.com
Mike Peters In America – Someone to Live For Mike Peters personal blog about his adventures in the USA has just been updated up to include the July 10th Aspen show when Mike and Big Country met up with The Foo Fighters drummer (and longtime Alarm / BC fan), Taylor Hawkins. Read all about it here.
Being born into a large family, music was always going to play a pivotal role in my upbringing through exposure to my sisters Elvis Pressley records and my brothers incessant cassettes of Slade or the vinyl LP covers of Top of the Pop’s compilations. My own tastes developed through the glam years of the Sweet and Alice Cooper before dabbling in Punk and moving through a myriad of changing sounds [read more]
Love Hope Strength is proud to announce that we will be hosting a LHS stall and running a donor drive throughout the Rewind Festival in Scotland this weekend. A big thank you to LHS volunteers, Brian Finnie and Caroline Fraser for running the donor drive. Please call by the LHS booth and Get on the List if you are at Rewind this weekend.
Check out the new ‘easier on the eye’ layouts of all our recent Mike Peters / Alarm / Gathering photo collections on Flickr. Most of the shots were taken by our very own roving reporter and cameraman Andy Labrow. http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikepetersorganisation/collections/ The Gathering 22 @ Venue Cymru takes place on January 31st – Feb 2nd 2014. Weekend tickets are on sale now and available here. Thanks for your continued support.
VINYL – The Movie based on Mike Peters and The Alarm’s rock and roll hoax of 2004 is available to order now on iTunes UK and Sky Box Office. The actual DVD itself with a host of special features is also available to order direct from www.thealarm.com Vinyl has received fantastic reviews including this week’s DVD of the week in The Radio Times. VINYL Directed by Sara Sugarman Starring Phil Daniels, Keith Allen and Jamie [read more]
Back on the Road. James Stevenson is hitting the road for a world tour with The Cult! Previously with the band in the mid-nighties, James will be taking on the Rhythm guitar position. The Cult will be traveling the globe starting in San Diego on 25th July until finishing off in Cologne in Germany on 6th November, playing extensively throughout the USA and then on to Australia, France, The Netherlands, [read more]
Over the summer and autumn, Smiley is out on the road. He has 32 European festivals with Archive and the during Sept-Dec he is on the road in the UK with From the Jam for the All Mod Cons tour. For more information about Archive, including videos and tour dates etc, please visit archiveofficial.com To check out the From The Jam dates, please visit www.fromthejam.co.uk
Mike Peters Interview @ KX935 Mike Peters was recently interviewed at length by Martin Hanlin (Founder member of The Silencers who toured with The Alarm in 1987/88), for KX 93.5 Radio station in Laguna Beach, California. Part two of this lengthy and revealing interview which covers a wide variety of subjects from the beginnings of Mike Peters musical career to the present day including his modern day adventures with Big [read more]
Mike Peters is to perform a one off solo acoustic show in Austin, Texas on Monday, July 15th. The show will take place as part of Live Vibe’s Sideshow Confessional Concert Series at the Listening Room, Winflow, 1315 West Sixth Street, Austin, Texas 78703. The show will be an intimate up close and personal type of affair hosted by Love Hope Strength co-founder James Chippendale who will be asking Mike [read more]
Mike Peters Interview @ KX935 Mike Peters was recently interviewed at length by Martin Hanlin (Who was a founder member of The Silencers who toured with The Alarm in 1987/88), for KX 93.5 Radio station in Laguna Beach, California. The interview is running over the course of two lengthy sessions and covers a wide variety of subjects from the beginnings of Mike Peters musical career to the present day. You [read more]
Read this amazing piece about Mike Peters, Big Country and Love Hope Strength in the Huffington Post by Kristi York Wooten. Videos included…Read, Watch, Share!
Mike Peters has created a Daily Blog site featuring diary entries from the US tour he is currently undertaking with Big Country. The blog captures intimate and candid insights into Mike’s life on the road as a musician and a chronicle of the work he is pursuing in his role with Love Hope Strength Foundation. Read all about it here: http://mikepeters2013.wordpress.com
Mike Peters fans in the UK should be on the look out for the latest edition of Uncut Magazine as the cover mount CD features a Willie Nile recording of the Willie Nile / Mike Peters song ‘American Ride’ which Mike and Willie wrote together on the Direct Action tour when Willie came over to the UK to open for The Alarm. It’s also the title track from Willie Nile’s [read more]
As Mike Peters and the Big Country boys hit Denver ahead of the show at Marquis Theater, there’s a great article in the Denver press about Mike’s cancer battle and history with Big Country. Check it out here online at www.westword.com
1. First off, how are you feeling these days? I’m feeling as good as I could hope to be. I recently became very ill again during The Alarm ‘Vinyl’ tour but was able to keep going although I was only a few seconds away from having to cancel everything. I went to see my hematologist Dr. Edwards and if my blood count was one degree higher than it turned out [read more]
Mike Peters appears in the latest edition of the USA’s Backpacker Magazine. www.backpacker.com This weekend Mike Peters will undertake his first trek on US soild when he takes part in the Love Hope Strength event – Vail Rocks
An in depth interview with Mike Peters will begin serialisation at the official Alarm facebook page from Monday. An extract from the interview will appear every day before the complete transcript is published at www.thealarm.com on Friday June 14th. Conducted by 21st Century reporter Steve Fulton. The interview is the biggest and most detailed piece Mike has conducted in recent years. It promises to be a fascinating read.
Mike Peters, the Love Hope Strength Foundation and Delete Blood Cancer, along with MP’s Chris Ruane and Mark Tami have just completed the first donor drive for UK MP’s and workers at the House of Commons in London. This is a landmark moment for Mike and LHS and helps raise the profile of the charity. Mike and LHS are grateful for all the support of Alarm fans for being at [read more]
RELEASED ON DVD JULY 15th 2013 [Europe Only] After a swathe of excellent Britsh media reviews ‘Vinyl – The Movie’ is to be released in Europe on DVD this July 15th 2013. Pre-order your copy in advance with MPO and receive a ‘Signed by Mike Peters’ edition of the original CD single that started it all – ’45 RPM’ by The Poppy Fields (aka The Alarm in disguise). Priced £12.99 plus [read more]
My Journey with Mike by Jules Jones Peters 2013 I’m sat on a train whizzing through the English countryside, on my way to the BIg Country Forum show in London and reflecting on the fact that it is June 1st 2013 already! It seems to be a time of reflection after reading Steve Fulton’s wonderful piece about The Alarm’s first visit to the USA, 30 years ago today http://thealarm.com/archives/19749 Can it [read more]
To Celebrate the anniversary of The Alarm’s first ever gig in America on June 1st 1983 at the San Francisco Civic. 21st Century’s intrepid reporter Steve Fulton revisited the period and has come up with this fascinating and insightful article which brings together unseen photos and recollections from the band members themselves. Read on…. The Alarm – Wake Up America 1983 [On the War tour with U2] In May 1983, The [read more]
Mike Peters Calling : Please Read This On June 4th 2013, myself and Love Hope Strength Foundation in partnership with Delete Blood Cancer UK are hosting a stem cell donor recruitment drive in the Houses of Parliament aimed at getting as many British MP’s as possible (including the Prime Minister hopefully), to sign up as potential stem cell donors. It will be a major opportunity to send a positive message [read more]
Mike Peters and The Alarm turned in a stellar performance at the Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila recently. The audience were totally overwhelmed by the band’s high powered rock and roll energy that included a Mike Peters walkabout and a storming set of classic songs. Absolute Reality and Rain In The Summertime were the high points for the audience as both these songs have proved extremely popular in this [read more]
Follow Mike Peters on his Journey with Big Country across Europe here. Mike Peters, the band and crew are snapping away on their smartphone cameras to produce a Big Country – European Tour Travelogue. Everyone is involved and the snaps are proving very popular. You don’t need to be on facebook to view the photos. You can view them on the facebook page without an account by checking out the galleries [read more]
Calling all Alarm Fans Click here to win free tickets to see Mike Peters perform with Big Country at the London Forum on June 2nd 2013. This will be the last chance to see Mike Peters and Big Country in the UK before they head for a three month tour of North America. Following the concert there will be an ‘aftershow party’ with Mike and the band in attendance. http://www.facebook.com/mamaco.theforum/app_323821067677323
Born a Rocker rising out of the embers of NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) I started playing in bands…heads down no nonsense mindless boogie …spandex, studs and big hair, there was no such thing as guy-liner, we weren’t afraid to don women’s make up…Nay we were but men…loud and proud! This was the 80s!!!!… Then came a new breed … with music that stirred the heart and soul, mixing acoustic [read more]
VAIL ROCKS 2013 with Mike Peters and Big Country. This summer on June 14th / 15th I will be taking part in my first Love Hope Strength climb on American soil when I will be making the journey to Colorado to ascend Vail Mountain as part of the Vail Rocks event weekend. I would love it if some of you Love Hope Strength supporters, Alarm and Big Country fans would consider [read more]
THE GATHERING 22 Friday 31st of January, Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd February 2014 Venue Cymru, Llandudno, North Wales LL30 1BB THE GATHERING – A NEW CHAPTER IN THE BOOK OF OUR LIVES A New Chapter in the long running history of the Gathering begins on January 31st 2014 when Mike Peters brings The Gathering 22 to Venue Cymru, Llandudno [taking place in The Hall which was the much loved residence [read more]
The Alarm are currently in Manila for two shows with “Modern English”. The main show at the Mall of Asia Arena was a stormer…and we have official photos available soon. But the Alarm crew, Andy, Dave and Mark have been clicking away on camera phones to bring you…”The View From The Crew”. More photos will be added in the next few days. www.facebook.com
My latest ‘Journey’ with Big Country began in earnest last night at a packed out ABC in Glasgow. It was another heart in the mouth beginning to a tour which is about to take up the entire summer with shows all across the UK, Europe, America and beyond. The Big Country album ‘The Journey’ was released on Monday amidst a swathe of excellent press reviews (see below) and rewarded with [read more]
I am proud to announce that a new Big Country album – ‘The Journey’ will be released next week on April 8th (Cherry Red) in the UK and April 30th (Sony Megaforce) in the USA. In fact, the lead track ‘Hurt’ is available to order from iTunes UK as of 1st April. ‘The Journey’ contains 12 songs which all feature a full writing, playing and singing contribution from myself along [read more]
Mike Peters was back playing solo at the weekend as one of the main acts at The Nantwich Jazz, Blues and Music Festival. Now in it’s 17th year, the festival, organised by local hotel owner Phillip Martin, is a fantastic live music festival with dozens of acts appearing around the town over the festival weekend. It also turned out that Phillip introduced Mikes second gig with The Toilets back in [read more]
Mike Peters, The Alarm, The Alarm Crew and The MPO would like to thank everyone who came out to the shows on The Vinyl Tour and Vinyl Screenings. The shows, which featured a special ‘Vinyl set’ at each show, all had special moments, from St. Davids Day in Cardiff to the end of the road in Manchester. We are now pleased to present photos from all the shows below. Here [read more]
The ‘Vinyl’ film has hit the film news in some of today’s paper press. The Sun, The Daily Star and The Express all have glowing reviews. Daily Star, p.41 7/10 review by James Cabooter Lead review: The Paperboy Quotes: ‘amusing comedy drama’ ‘Daniels is brilliant as the ever-enthusiastic Johnny Jones’ Daily Express, p.53 3 star review by Allan Hunter Lead review: The Paperboy Quotes: ‘The punk spirit lives again in [read more]
Last night saw the stars of the film Vinyl, Mike Peters & The Alarm, some rock ‘n’ roll luminaries and fans of the band converge on The Empire Leicester Square in London for the offical premiere of the film. Check out the latest news features below. www.bbc.co.uk – Mike and Phil Daniels on BBC Breakfast www.wirelessmag.co.uk – Exclusive interview with the cast of Vinyl www.express.co.uk – THE punk spirit lives [read more]
Special Vinyl Screenings for Alarm Fans in Cardiff with Journalist, Dave Owens Dave Owens is arts correspondent for Media Wales – covering the Welsh entertainment scene for the South Wales Echo, Western Mail and Wales on Sunday. Dave is a born and bred Cardiffian. He’s also a lifelong Alarm fan and the author of the book Cerys, Catatonia and the Rise of Welsh Pop. Dave Owens’ 3000 word article is [read more]
Special Vinyl Screenings for Alarm Fans on Vinyl Tour! Showcase Cinemas! MPO is delighted to announce that in conjunction with Showcase Cinemas, special screenings of Vinyl and Q&A with Mike Peters will take place at the following cinemas: Book your tickets now to enjoy this unique cinema experience with the Man behind the Movie, Mike Peters!! LEEDS: Sun, 10th March – Q&A by Mike Peters at 5:30pm followed by screening [read more]
MPO is delighted to announce that the soundtrack to Vinyl is now being dispatched! Copies of Vinyl can be ordered in the store Watch your letterboxes…
We are pleased to announce the following support bands, selected from the overwhelming response to the ReverbNation campaign, as guests on the next part of the Vinyl tour. Newcastle support is Twister, another local band who about to release their second single. Check them out here www.reverbnation.com/officialtwister Due to the amount of submissions for Newcastle we have also added Micky Oliver, who has just released his new album. You can [read more]
Special Announcement: We’re happy to announce a one-off special screening of ‘Vinyl’ with a Q&A and performance by Mike Peters at the Vue Cinema in Islington on 15th March 2013 at 5.30pm. This has been set up so that those seeing The Alarm live that night at the O2 Academy can catch the movie beforehand. Tickets are on sale NOW! – click here
Limited Tickets Available for Vinyl London Premiere, March 12th News reaches The Alarm tour bus of tickets for the Vinyl Premiere in London on 12th March 2013. Click Here for Details
The Alarm Vinyl 2013 Tour kicked off in style last night in Bournemouth. A lot happened in a short space of time. Mike performed at the Love Hope Strength booth and then jumped up onto the main stage and lead The Alarm through a 100 minute set punctuated with modern era songs like 45 RPM, Down The Road and A Breed Apart. Spirit Of ’76 was the moment for the [read more]
The Alarm – Vinyl Soundtrack – Limited Edition Collectors Digipak FREE POSTAGE UNTIL THE END OF THE ALARM TOUR ON MARCH 17th The Alarm – Vinyl Soundtrack album is available to order now as a special limited collectors edition digipak, complete with full-length 22 track audio CD and a special DVD that features a Mike Peters-hosted documentary, following The Alarm and Vinyl acting star, Phil Daniels, right through the writing and recording [read more]
I guess the fact that I am moved to even write a story, such as the one I have just begun, might be the most fascinating angle of this tale… Let me start it all off this way. I am a man of many lists. For some odd reason, I just like to create, maintain, and share lists. I like to create them, read them, edit them… There’s something about [read more]
As Mike was conducting his Question & Answer session at the Vinyl screening in Wrexham this week, it was pointed out to Mike that it was 9 years to the day since the original 45 RPM release! Where does the time fly? Who would have thought that the seeds of 45 RPM could have been sown and blossomed into such an incredible story…. A Top 27 hit in the UK [read more]
Vinyl: Making a movie on a Mac with Mike Peters Glasgow event – Thursday 21st Feb 5pm – Apple Store, Buchannan Street, Glasgow Find out how a modern independent movie is developed, from inception to marketing. On the eve of it’s UK release and to coincide with Mike Peters appearance at the Glasgow Film Festival screening of ‘Vinyl’, join Mike at the Apple Store in Buchannan Street, Glasgow to find [read more]
Hello Glasgow Alarm Fans! Mike Peters to appear at Glasgow Film Festival! Calling all Alarm fans – your chance to see Mike Peters and the screening of Vinyl at the Glasgow Film Festival this Thursday, 21st February 2013 Please click on link below for all further information: http://www.glasgowfilm.org/festival/whats_on/4716_vinyl Free Rock&Roll!
Free Rock And Roll – the final cut featuring Mike Peters, The Alarm, Phil Daniels and a cast of thousands. This new online edit was put together by Russ Kendall and his team at Kaleidoscope Pictures in Provo, Utah (see photo below). This new edit features some great additional footage and even more shots from the chalet scene and The Gathering….. can see yourself on screen? FREE ROCK AND ROLL [read more]
The Vinyl Premiere in Wales is to take place in the Catrin Finch Centre as part of the Ffresh Festival, NEWI, Wrexham on Wednesday 20th February. Your chance to see Mike Peters in conversation regarding Vinyl the film which includes an exclusive recorded acoustic performance by Mike Peters. This event will run from 5pm – 6pm: (Everyone has to be inside the space by 5pm: before filming). The event will [read more]
The Alarm – Sold Out – Glasgow – Oran Mor, 9th March 2013 MPO is delighted to announce that the Glasgow show on the Vinyl Tour is SOLD OUT. Pictured below is The Alarm on our last Glasgow appearance. Thanks to all the Scottish Alarm Fanbase, as well as the travelling fans for your incredible support. 9th March promises to be an amazing night on The Alarm Vinyl Tour… We have [read more]
We are pleased to premiere a ‘rough cut’ of the Free Rock and Roll Video. With cuts from the Vinyl film and scenes shot at The Gathering 21 this rough cut will be available until the final edit is released.
Free Rock And Roll by The Alarm (featuring Phil Daniels on guest vocals with Mike Peters), is the fast and furious lead track from the forthcoming ‘Vinyl’ soundtrack album due for release on March 4th 2013. You can hear the recording for the first time right now, over on our ReverbNation profile page. http://www.reverbnation.com/thealarm As Mike announced at The Gathering 21, bands / artists who have a ReverbNation profile page can also submit [read more]
We are pleased to present a selection of photos from The Gathering 21. Click The links below to go to the slideshows Setup Friday – Mike Peters / Joe Silva Saturday Daytime – Big Swim / Mastermind / Filming Saturday Night – The Hummingbirds / The Alarm Sunday Photos: Andy Labrow / Dr Ian To download a photo. Move your cursor over the slideshow and a link should appear in [read more]
Mike Peters has been booked to play an acoustic show as part of the Nantwich Jazz Blues + Music Festival. Sunday 31st March 2013 Mike Peter’s Acoustic show Nantwich Civic Hall Market St Nantwich CW5 5DG Doors open 7.45 PM Festival website: www.nantwichjazz.com Tickets available here
Mike Peters and The Alarm’s annual Gathering celebration celebrated it’s 21st year with a complete sell out at Prestatyn, Pontins this weekend. Over 2,000 fans, many travelling from the four corners of the globe, began posting on the band’s Facebook page in the early hours of Sunday morning that the massive three hour set performed by Mike Peters and The Alarm on Saturday night ranked amongst the best ever seen. [read more]
For those attending the Gathering masterclass, where Mike, Mark Taylor and James Stevenson will be teaching everyone Walk Forever By My Side, Mike has just sent us the chords for people to practice.
We are pleased to announce that The Gathering 21 is SOLD OUT. The support of Mike Peters/Alarm fans during the recent economic hard-times is truly overwhelming and we promise Gathering Attendees a weekend to remember.
HAVE YOUR PHOTO TAKEN WITH THE ALARM BACKSTAGE BEFORE THE ALARM SHOW!!! Only two days to go until the infamous Mike Peters Mastermind quiz. Commencing at 12 noon in the Love Hope Strength lounge. In addition to the quiz Itself, a mixture of impromptu jokes, spot prizes, karaoke and a chance to win a very special prize ….. During the course of the mastermind quiz, we will be playing a [read more]
For those of you emailing about the weather, please see forecast attached for Prestatyn this weekend… Even looks promising for the Sunday LHS walk on the beach. Click here for BBC Weather report.
We have three local press reviews to share with you. www.dailypost.co.uk – Phil Daniels and Keith Allen film www.rhyljournal.co.uk – Mike Peters Set To Rock Prestatyn www.walesonline.co.uk – Rock-n-Roll Movie Swindle
For those attending The Gathering on Thursday, or locals in the North West area of the UK, why not kick off your Gathering weekend by taking a trip to the wonderful Telfords Warehouse in nearby Chester for a solo acoustic show by Dave Sharp. Telfords is one of our favourite venues. Intimate and with a great restaurant and bar. As if that wasn’t incentive enough, the show is completely free!!!! [read more]
Just a reminder for all The Gathering attendees, please remember to send us your photos DURING the weekend, from now, and up to Tuesday 29th February of your personal Gathering experience. Send your pics (as you take them) to firstname.lastname@example.org. As a taster, how about this for a pic as a starting point for a Gathering weekend …. “A picture of me, setting off from Diego Garcia (Wednesday) to Singapore [read more]
Pete and I are both from Liverpool. We grew up here in the city, very close to each other. We met in our late teens through a mutual friend. Our Alarm story started then, we both loved the Alarm’s music – it was the thing we had in common and was the topic of conversation for many months before and while we dated. Life has a habit of getting in [read more]
For those attending the Gathering, here is the latest on-site map for you to get your bearings. Click on the map for a larger version.
Mike has just sent us this personal message as preparations are well underway for the Gathering 21.
James Stevenson released a 3 track limited edition at the Gathering! James has just finished his first solo album! Rob and Joff at inthepoppyfields.blogspot.co.uk just asked James about it – We couldn’t wait for more info on James’ upcoming solo album so we asked him for some more info to whet our appetites! “All I can say is it’s turning out better than I ever could have dreamed – mostly because producer [read more]
The Alarm fans world premiere of ‘Vinyl’ will take place at The Gathering 2013 in Prestatyn on Saturday 26th January. At 2.30pm on the Saturday afternoon of The Gathering, Mike Peters will unveil ‘Vinyl’ to the fans in advance of the official Alarm soundtrack album release of March 4th. ‘Vinyl’ the film will be released in cinemas nationwide on Friday March 15th on the night the band play Islington Academy [read more]
Anyone need a lift on Sunday after the Gathering to Manchester Airport or somewhere along the way. There are 9 free spaces on a bus. It will be leaving Prestatyn at 3 o’clock. Please contact email@example.com Cheers, Robbie
This is the story of one mans Alarm Journey from seeing ‘The Stand’ on TV many years ago, and his journey from Canada to his very first Gathering in 2013. Like many, my Alarm story begins with “The Stand” video. I saw it on Much Music (Canadian MTV) and was instantly blown away by these young lads with the boots and the punked out hair! It was an amazing mix [read more]
We are pleased to announce that Joe Silva, who supported Mike Peters on every date of his UK Red Poppy Tour, will be playing at this years Gathering. Joe gained many fans on his journey on the Red Poppy Tour and it’s a pleasure to welcome him back. Joe has sent us this message RED POPPY DREAMS… Halfway through Mike Peters’ Red Poppy Tour, on which I was the support artist, an [read more]
Many folk these days have a smart phone. It struck us here at MPO headquarters that we see hundreds of photos taken on mobile phones at The Gathering but never actually see the photos! We would love to see those photos and share them with everyone else. So, if you have a mobile phone with a camera, why not email them us to as well. We would love to see [read more]
As the Gathering approaches, our concierge ‘Ask Simon’ Williams, has been working hard on questions from Gatherers about a multitude of things. From where to find the local doctors to various opening times, there isn’t anything (yet) that Simon can’t find an answer to about The Gathering. Simon has taken all the questions from this year (and previous years) and created a comprehensive list of questions and answers that anyone [read more]
Once again at The Gathering there will be a Love Hope Strength Booth where you can keep up-to-date with all the exciting developments that Mike, Katrina and the LHS team have been working on over the last year and the things to look forward to in 2013. You can learn about the various events and be inspired to join the team on the annual trek to the summit of Snowdon, or how [read more]
Hello, we are The Wasting Land. Most of you will recognise that as a Mike Peter’s song from his album Rise – which is where this little group of Alarm fans take our name. We’ve not always been known as The Wasting Land but started our days as Distant Warning. Back in 2000 a few folks met via thealarm.com forum page and found that not only did we have a [read more]
Are you the ultimate Alarm fan? Find out by joining in the ultimate Alarm Quiz. Last year Glenn Brooks took the ultimate accolade and was crowned mastermind champion of the 20th Gathering. You can Email Simon to register you team name. Or catch up with Simon on Friday and register then. Numbers may be limited. The Gathering Mastermind master of ceremonies is own own Modnus ‘Mod’ Modnussen. Who is Mod? Richard Jones (Mod) was [read more]
Mercury Music Prize Contenders ‘The Hummingbirds’ to support The Alarm at Gathering 21 The Hummingbirds are a Skiffle inspired ensemble from Liverpool. Growing up on the streets of Merseyside the band have been heavily influenced by music from a simpler time, capturing that unmistakable Liverpool sound that is helping make quite a stir with their feel-good tunes and strong melodic sensibilities. Winning a host of new fans wherever they play, [read more]
100 Gathering Tickets released for Local People (Local North Wales postcode required) Fri night £35 + £1 booking (concert tickets only) – Order Friday tickets here Sat night £35 + £1 booking (concert tickets only) – Order Saturday tickets here Fri/Sat (concert tickets only) £65 + £2 booking – Order Fri/Sat tickets here