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Never Let The Fires Die Podcast Episode #5: Of Miracles And Manchester

UK Roving Reporters Steve and Amanda Varty take us into a fan’s eye view of the 2017 Manchester Alarm Show May 11th at the O2 Ritz.   Hear the Steve and Amanda’s expert opinions on The Alarm, and Marvel at the Amazing Story of Amanda Varty’s illness and recovery Listen or watch  below or in iTunes or Google Play Notes: Never mind the Buzzsocks Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtlFkdJpAPQ Full Story of Amada and Steve [read more]

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Bonus Podcast #2: Extra Bits And Odds And Bobs And Sods

In this bonus podcast we revisit a few of the previous episodes.   We have a full version of the “Georgie” demo from Podcast #1,  some additional interviews from Podcast #2, and a version of “The Cross” played that the UCLA LA Gathering that did not make it into episode #2. Listen or watch  below or in <a href=”https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/never-let-the-fires-die-the-alarm-podcast/id1118791974?mt=2″>iTunes</a> or <a href=”https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Icuavtgbu5bzggiccip7a7yzgsq”>Google Play</a>

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Never Let The Fires Die Podcast Episode #4: Backstage At The UK Tour Kickoff

Listen as roving UK reporters Gary Overington and Mike Peters himself take you on a unique journey backstage at the 2017 UK Tour Kickoff in Portsmouth.  Includes interviews with with the crew and band (including a very intimate  personal and interview with Jules Jones conducted by Gary) plus several live performances. Listen or watch  below or in iTunes or Google Play Features: Gary Overington Mark Warden Andi Badgeman Mike Peters Jules [read more]

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Alarm Podcast #2: Broadcasting Now!

The second episode of ‘Never Let The Fires Die’ podcast hosted by Steve and Jeff Fulton has been published. It’s been a long time, coming but the pair believe they have worked out the details for a long-running, more-regular podcast. Join the dynamic duo of die-hard Alarm fans as they dissect the first USA Gathering and the showing of “The Man In The Camo Jacket”. Stay tuned for next week, when [read more]

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Rock and roll saved me

Taken from ‘Newsworks’ website – Interview and video Click here for the full article, audio interview and live performance/interview video Whilst on ‘The Spirit of ’86’ USA Tour in 2016, Mike took part in an interview for the Newsworks website feature “The Pulse”. Click on the above link for the article and interview (audio interview at the top of article) and video from last years USA Tours features later on. [read more]

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Alarm Podcast One Broadcasting Now

‘Never Let The Fires Die’ Episode One : The Night Young Georgie Died. Broadcasting now Join podcast producers Steve and Jeff Fulton immediately after the broadcast, for a live discussion on the Official Alarm Facebook page, where you will be able to discuss all aspects of the program and to suggest future podcast topics. Produced by alarm.com founder members Steve and Jeff Fulton, the Podcast series intends to share new perspectives and alternative [read more]

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Strength An Oral History [Part 11]

The Alarm Strength – An Oral History [Part Eleven – The Aftermath] “UCLA should have been a huge turning point for The Alarm as it turned a lot of new people on to the spirit of the band. It should have been the foundation of the next phase of our development and, if we had worked hard to build on this success, I believe The Alarm would have reached even [read more]

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Strength An Oral History [Part 10]

Strength – An Oral History [Part Ten – The Alarm Live Around The World] While the band take a well earned break following the completion of the Pat Benatar tour with some time off in Los Angeles, ‘Absolute Reality’ (The Mike Howlett produced US album version), was released by IRS Records as a radio only promotional single in the USA. The 3rd single off of “Strength,” released in the USA only, was [read more]

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Strength An Oral History [Part 9]

The Alarm – Strength An Oral History [Part Seven –  Spirit of ’76 the Hard Way] February 15th 1986 The Alarm arrive in the USA for the ‘Seven The Hard Way Tour’ as special guests of the Pat Benatar Band along with some select headline dates in between. The tour with Pat Benatar was designed to expose The Alarm to a more “classic rock” audience and help support the the [read more]

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Strength An Oral History [Part 8]

The Alarm.com…. World Premiere…. The Alarm live in concert from Marseille filmed during the band’s European Strength Tour on the 4th of February 1986. Come back to thealarm.com tomorrow for Strength – An Oral History…… with The Alarm back in the UK charts, ‘Spirit Of ‘76’ is about to be released in the U.S. with the full backing of IRS/MCA in an a move designed to expose The Alarm to a more [read more]

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Strength – An Oral History [Part 7]

The Alarm Strength – An Oral History [Part 7 – The Spirit Of 76 in 86] “‘In January of 1986, word came back from MCA that they realised they had made a mistake with The Alarm and ‘Strength’, and so in conjunction with IRS, they decided to release ‘Spirit of ’76’ as the follow up single. Mainly, because they thought it would appeal to the huge post ‘Born In the USA’ Bruce [read more]

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Strength An Oral History [Part 6]

The Alarm Strength – An Oral History [Part Six – Strength Unleashed] IRS Records had signed a new distribution deal with MCA while The Alarm were recording Strength and just before the release dates, manager – Ian Wilson and IRS Records CEO Jay Boberg went to MCA’s headquarters in Los Angeles and made a presentation of the ‘Strength’ single to the head of the MCA Record Division – Irvine Azoff and the [read more]

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Strength An Oral History [Part 5]

The Alarm Strength – An Oral History [Part Five – Finding Strength, Hope and Love In The Studio]  “We are on our own now, we’re not part of a movement nor are we a band that will turn round and have an out-and-out pop career. We don’t write music for the sake of it. I like to think we write because we’ve got something to say.” – Mike Peters 1985 After [read more]

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Strength An Oral History [Part 4]

The Alarm Strength : An Oral History [Part Four – Europe A Go Go] On May 23rd the day after The Alarm closed the Absolute Tour at Guildford Civic, they found themselves in London (and on the south coast of England), with respected Manchester based photographer Kevin Cummins for a photo session that would yield the shots used for the reverse and inside cover of the as yet untitled second Alarm album. [read more]

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Strength An Oral History [Part 3]

The Alarm.com Exclusive World Premiere…… The Alarm live at Guildford Civic – May 22nd 1985 Listen to this incredible exclusive from The Alarm you tube channel…. the ‘first ever’ broadcast of The Alarm ‘live’ at Guildford from the last night of the ‘Absolute Tour’ as recorded by sound engineer Nigel Luby from the mixing desk. Come back to the alarm.com tomorrow as the story of ‘Strength An Oral History’ continues…..  Read about the band’s [read more]

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Strength An Oral History [Part 2]

The Alarm Strength : An Oral History [Part Two – The Absolute Reality Of Beginning a Second Album 1985] Studio sessions were booked for January 1985 and a huge British Tour was penciled in for April / May 1985,  to go with the release of The Alarm’s (to be recorded), new album.  All systems were “go” in The Alarm camp.   The roller-coaster ride ride that 1984 wrought was safely behind them, while the promise [read more]

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Strength An Oral History [Part 1]

The Alarm Strength : An Oral History [Part One – The Absolute Chant 1984] The process that led to the creation of The Alarm’s second album ‘Strength’ started as the band was coming off a very successful world tour for the ‘Declaration’ album, juxtaposed with the somewhat disappointing showing for the band’s third single from ‘Declaration’ – ‘The Deceiver’.   ‘The Deceiver’, while being a fan favorite, fell agonizingly short of [read more]

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Mike Peters Strength 2015 Interview

Interviewed by the alarm.com founder Steve Fulton, Mike Peters delves into the creative process that fuelled the new Strength album covering a wide range of subjects. SF: How was your re-envisioned version of Declaration received by fans in 2014? MP: From my own point of view it certainly elevated the profile of Declaration way beyond a remastered  / bonus track style reissue. It got everyone who has ever been in contact [read more]

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Exeter Interview & Concert Review

The Strength tour rolled through Exeter last weekend with a stunning Sunday night show at The Cavern. Here are some links to the lengthy pre-show interview with Mike Peters conducted by journalist Steve Muscott and also an excellent review of the show itself with photography by Bruce Benson. Interview here Concert Review Here

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The Gathering 2015 Review

Friday 30th January. 2015 will surely be marked as the best Gathering of musical content I have ever heard or witnessed in all my years as an attendee. Experience tells that Gathering Friday is always the night for something different and yes, I was there when Mike played with the Flesh and Blood Orchestra and a year later when he played 10 brand new songs straight off the bat that [read more]

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Dead Men Walking reviews

DEAD MEN WALKING, LA RECORD – REVIEW Photos and words by David Valera “This is a rock concert!” How dare anyone in the crowd at the Troubadour stare into their cell phones while the legendary British punk rocker Ian Rubbish (aka Fred Armisen) is right before your eyes. This musician is a god among musicians and deserves your full attention. Rubbish was part of a special one-off show as the [read more]

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Mike Peters – Backstreets Interview

From an feature interview with Mike Peters in ‘Backstreets magazine’, and on backstreets.com, which has been covering the music of Bruce Springsteen for over 30 years. Mike Peters: 30 Years Later, Still Marching On – photograph by A.M. Saddler Backstreets correspondent Gary Zoldos first met The Alarm’s Mike Peters in 1986, after a live radio broadcast from the RPM in Toronto. “I had seen the band twice previously and instantly [read more]

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Mike Peters @ SXSW / NYC 2014

It was a hectic week for Mike Peters at SXSW. A crammed schedule of events saw Mike Peters make 9 appearances in just four days. Following on from two sell out shows in London and Bristol, Mike Peters flew to the USA early on Monday morning, arriving in Texas in the late evening where he was met by friend and Love Hope Strength co-founder James Chippendale. Mike was in action [read more]

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Declaration Tour – First Review

Mike Peters – O2 Academy , Liverpool 14.02.2014 Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10 Almost 30 years to the day since the album Declaration was released, Mike Peters found himself once more inside the 02 Academy and was greeted by all who wouldn’t let a rainstorm get in the way of listening to one of the greats of British Rock. Not greeted, lauded perhaps would be a better word, even praised [read more]

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Declaration – First Review

Declaration  (2014) The 2014 version of Declaration is an exercise in musical deconstruction.   Mike Peters has taken the elements of an album released 30 years ago, broken it apart, redefined it, and infused it with the past, present and  future. It’s an impressive piece of work, and one you don’t want to miss. Mike Peters has spent the past 10 years searching for the spirit of The Alarm.   Through several collections, [read more]

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Mission To Israel – Day Five – Nazareth

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]

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Mission To Israel – Day Four – Sea Of Galilee

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]

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Mission To Israel – Day Three – Tel Aviv

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]

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Mission To Israel – Day Two – Jerusalem

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]

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Mission To Israel – Day One – Arrival

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]

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68@30 – Young Guns Go For It!

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]

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MP In America. Read All About It.

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

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Mike Peters, 21st Century Interview

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]

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1983 : The Alarm Wake Up America On Tour With U2

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]

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Ask Simon and The Gathering 20

‘Ask Simon’, our very own Gathering concierge, reflects on the Gathering 20. Please read on and savour every moment of Simon’s memories of the Gathering 20 and anticipate the excitement of G21 to come next January! An AskSimon view of Gathering 20 It’s a really strange feeling wandering around Pontins pre Gathering.  All that space and all that silence and knowing that in a few days time it will be full of [read more]

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Mike’s Big Country Tour Blog 2012

During the ‘Crossing The Country’ tour of 2012, which celebrated 30 years since the release of The Crossing album, Mike Peters kept a personal tour diary. A brief glimpse into the ins and outs of life on the road.

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flights, ferries & fjords

Acoustic Tour of Norway 2011 What to do after 4 weeks of shows in the UK? Head to Norway for another 5 shows. Well it seemed like a good idea at the time. Day 1 Up at 3am for final pack and drive (type of transport = 1) to Manchester airport. There is always that feeling that you’ve forgotten something. Doubly so when you go on tour. Would be slightly [read more]

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3 Chords ,The Truth and Moments in Time

So…. where do I start? Today, December 15 2011 is my 28th year anniversary of seeing The Alarm for the first time and to mark that occasion it has come full circle as I look forward to seeing Mike play tonight in NY once again so many, many years later. If it wasn’t for my then 13 year old sister Dahlia, so passionately convincing me to see the band, this [read more]

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Same Title Same Song? The First Decade

 By Paul Miles Picture discs, gatefold sleeves, imports, coloured vinyl, white labels, shaped picture discs, limited editions, 12” singles, double singles, special editions, lyric sheets / sleeves, demos and the classic Flexi Disc are all rich in The Alarm’s history as various media was used to promote singles and albums, with the collector buying the same song a few times over. Now we live in the digital age and [read more]

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Direct Acoustic – Tour Timelapse

Wondering about going to the Mike Peters Acoustic Alarm in the UK tour this autumn…? Check out our timelapse videos from the Direct Acoustic tour. Audio taken from the Live in Glasgow CD.

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Jules News – Kawai / USA updates

LA / San Francisco Rocks! Jules (and the Peters family) american adventures roll onto San Fransisco… Jules San Francisco Rocks facebook photos Los Angeles Rocks! Mike Peters Acoustic Night at the El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept 4th Mike Peters Acoustic Night turned into a Mike Peters All Star Band night in Los Angeles.  Mike delivered a special acoustic set, stepping off the stage at one point and [read more]

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TheAlarm.com: The First 16 Years

Introduction I was web master for http://thealarm.com for over 15 years. In that time, the web site has changed immensely: from a single page with news and rumors, to a fully dynamic web community. As I was writing this story, a couple thoughts occurred to me. Mike Peters and MPO had the foresight to get into the internet very very early. Their first site was also one of the first [read more]