Mike Peters is known primarily as frontman of the internationally acclaimed Welsh rock band The Alarm, he is also an inspirational solo performer and (as a three time Leukaemia survivor), founder of rock and roll cancer charity ‘Love Hope Strength’.
Mike Peters has played an acoustic guitar all his musical life and the sound of the instrument has been at the core of all his work from the very beginnings of The Alarm to the present day. Achieving over 17 Top 40 UK singles and over 6 million album sales worldwide along the way, Mike Peters musical journey has seen him sing with some of history’s greatest performers such as Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Neil Young & Bono, he has also taken his trusty acoustic guitar to some of the world’s highest elevations performing at ‘The Highest Ever Concert On Land’ at 18,500 feet on Mt. Everest (2007), and at 19,380 feet at the summit of Kilimanjaro.
Mike Peters formed The Alarm in 1981, first becoming successful soon after with classic singles such as ‘Sixty Eight Guns’ and ‘Rain In The Summertime’ and building a reputation for all out shows based on their thoughtful and challenging music.
In 1992, Mike Peters and The Alarm founded The Gathering, the annual Mike Peters hosted ‘Alarm’ event held in North Wales which now attracts fans from all over the world.
Throughout most of the 1990’s Mike Peters took a step back from The Alarm, beginning with the release of ‘Breathe’ in 1994 (which debuted at number 5 in the U.K. independent charts). A second solo album, ‘Feel Free’ (1996) documented Mike Peters’ first battle with cancer (Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma). Rejecting conventional treatment, Mike Peters went to see of a faith healer instead, and continued to tour. Upon being told that ‘green’ was a powerful colour in his life, Mike Peters wore green combat fatigues every day until he eventually went into spontaneous remission.
In 2000, it was time for Mike Peters to reconvene The Alarm once more and in 2004, The Alarm released the controversial ’45 R.P.M.’ single in the U.K. under the pseudonym ‘The Poppy Fields’ and entered the UK charts at number 27, immediately becoming the subject of a controversial international news story.
In 2006, Mike Peters’ life journey entered into another dark phase when, just days before the release of the hit single ‘Superchannel’ (from the album ‘Under Attack’), he was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia (CLL). Throughout a six month spell of hardcore chemotherapy, Mike continued to play and perform, taking to the stage each time in his trademark ‘green’ combat fatigues and taking the first steps in beginning the Love Hope Strength Foundation by leading a host of Alarm fans to the summit of Snowdon to raise funding for the local cancer care centre in North Wales that had helped put Mike on the road to recovery. A revealing and insightful BBC documentary was screened in October 2007 chronicling Mike Peters’ inspiring story.
Since then, Mike has embarked on a series of remarkable journeys to raise funding for cancer care both locally and globally, In 2007, his travels took him to Nepal where Mike inspired a team of musicians, cancer survivors and supporters on a trek to Mt. Everest to perform an acoustic unplugged session at 18,500 feet (The World’s Highest Concert on land), filmed by VH1 America and currently screening in the USA as ‘Everest Rocks’ the trek was instrumental in providing Nepal with it’s first mammography machine which is now housed at the Bhaktapur Cancer Centre.
In 2008, The Alarm released ‘Guerilla Tactics’ via an audacious acoustic concert in New York’s Times Square and along with the prophetic ‘Three Sevens Clash’ gate crashed America’s airwaves once more reaching number 3 on Billboards Rock Alternative Chart. In the autumn of that same year, Mike Peters lead 62 trekkers along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu for ‘Peru Rocks’ and funding raised provided the cancer centre in Lima with a specialised bus that could travel to remote villages to offer care and early detection facilities for those living outside of the reach of modern medical practices.
More recently, Mike Peters was awarded the MBE for his services to charity and between 2016 and 2022, spearheaded the release of three brand new Alarm albums Equals, Sigma and Omega all of which have featured in the UK’s Top 10 Rock album chart with 2019’s Sigma entering at Number one. The Alarm also wrote, recorded ad released ‘The Red Wall of Cymru’ as the official song for Wales’ appearance at Euro 2020.
Despite being further challenged by both Pneumonia and another life threatening re-occurrence of Leukaemia in 2022, Mike Peters is currently reporting a clean bill of health and preparing for the release of another brand new Alarm album to be released in the summer of 2023 and remains as passionate as ever about his music and charity Love Hope Strength.
When he was first diagnosed with cancer in 1995 quitting music wasn’t an option and he is now in his third remission from Leukaemia and still challenging himself and his audience through music and the outreach of his charitable actions. In his own words and from the title of one of his own songs “Are you ready for what’s next?”.