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Mike Peters Teams up with Robert Plant for LHS

Cancer Fighter – Mike Peters “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 stay alive as long as I possibly can with the drugs I’ve got until the drugs that have the cure come along,” says Peters, who undergoes chemotherapy every two months while on tour with Big Country.

In the meantime, Peters is working to help save the lives of other cancer patients through the Love Hope Strength foundation, an organization he co-founded in 2006 with fellow cancer survivor James Chippendale, executive VP of entertainment insurance company Doodson. LHS has partnered with numerous tours and music festivals to set up on-site bone marrow registration drives where volunteers collect cheek-swab samples from concertgoers in an effort to find potential donors.

“More and more people are rallying around what we do and understanding the simplicity: People can come to a rock ‘n’ roll concert and actually be a lifesaver,” Peters says, noting that 600 matches have been found to date.

This summer, LHS’ “Get on the List” campaign can be found at U.S. tour dates for Robert Plant, Kenny Chesney, O.A.R. and the Under the Sun tour, as well as the Lollapalooza, Bumbershoot and Austin City Limits festivals. Volunteers are also on hand collecting samples during every concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colo.

“Knowing that each one of our gigs has the potential to save lives is very humbling,” Plant says. “LHS is doing a great job out there in educating and raising awareness for this type of cancer. More people need to realize how simple and painless it is to get on the register and help save a life.”

Vinyl Soundtrack CD/DVD Limited Edition Collectors Digipak

The Alarm - Vinyl Soundtrack Limited Edition Collectors DigiPak Available To Order Now! Official Release Date - Monday March 4th 2013

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 of the Vinyl soundtrack (also included are 11 stand-alone videos, including 'Free Rock And Roll', which was shot on location at this year's Gathering).

Order Your Copy Now at: (Free Postage if you order during the UK Vinyl Tour) http://thealarm.myshopify.com/collections/frontpage/products/the-alarm-vinyl-soundtrack-collectors-digpak * Offer ends on Sunday, March 17th

Mike at the Apple store Glasgow tomorrow

Calling all Glasgow fans! Breaking news.. We are very pleased to announce a very special event to take place at the Apple store Glasgow tomorrow night..

Vinyl: Making a movie on a Mac with Mike Peters 21 February @ 5:00 pm

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 Buchanan Street, Glasgow to find out how the movie and it's accompanying soundtrack were made using Apple computers.

Hope to see you there!

To link to the store: http://www.apple.com/uk/retail/buchananstreet/

Later in the evening, Mike Peters will appear at the Glasgow Film Festival where Alarm fans will have the chance to see a pre-release screening of Vinyl at the Glasgow Film Theatre at 8:30 p.m.

For further info follow the link below.

http://www.glasgowfilm.org/festival/whats_on/4716_vinyl

Artists - Open For The Alarm Opportunity

Bands / artists who have a ReverbNation profile page can submit to a unique opportunity and get to be the official opener for each individual night on The Alarm's Vinyl UK Tour this March.

https://www.reverbnation.com/c/submission/create_cpo_submission?campaign_id=1640

"This year the The Alarm office has been inundated with requests from artists all over Britain to support like I've never known since I started the band…. so we decided to do something about it and linked up with ReverbNation who have provided us with a fair and equitable way that gives everyone a chance to be part of the tour in some shape or form be it on stage or getting there new music played over the PA" said Mike Peters.

Watch the short instructional video that outlines this opportunity. Mike demonstrates the chords in a how to play 'Free Rock And Roll' sequence that may also provide successful applicants with a chance to be at the 'Vinyl movie premiere in Leicester Square, London on March 12th.

The Alarm – New ‘Vinyl’ Soundtrack Album, Tour & Film - March 2013

On March 4th March 2013, perennial Welsh rockers The Alarm will release a brand new album 'Vinyl'. The album also provides the soundtrack for much anticipated feature film 'Vinyl' starring Phil Daniels (Quadrophenia / Blur), Keith Allen, Perry Benson and Jamie Blackley (Snow White and the Huntsman) which will be released in cinemas nationwide from March 15th. The Alarm will also begin a UK tour in Bournemouth on February 28th alongside the release of new EP 'Free Rock And Roll' which also happens to be the main song featured in the film.

'Vinyl' - The film is loosely based on a true life 2004 incident when The Alarm released their single '45 RPM' under the cover of a new 'young' fictitious group called the 'Poppy Fields'. The single gained significant airplay and charted in the UK Top 30, duping the entire British music industry along the way and causing an international news sensation that resulted in the band's subterfuge grabbing the headlines on a global scale. The subsequent movie based on this incident 'Vinyl', was directed by Sara Sugarman (Very Annie Mary, Confessions of A Teenage Drama Queen), and produced by John H. Williams (Shrek) with Preston Clay Reed.

POSTMODERN SURFER - "Director Sara Sugarman's fresh, funny, film delves into the misdirection of today's spotlight on the young rather than the talented, and the role of technology in today's music industry".

'Vinyl' - The Soundtrack Album features a collection of new Alarm songs composed specifically for the film such as the movie's thematic anthem 'Free Rock And Roll' which was recorded by The Alarm with 'Vinyl' star Phil Daniels dueting with founder member and lead vocalist Mike Peters. Along with a clutch of vibrant power pop punk songs which all clock in at under three minutes, 'Vinyl' will be released everywhere on March 4th to coincide with a major UK tour that will promote the film alongside it's debut in UK cinemas. An EP single 'Free Rock And Roll' will also be released on January 28th accompanied by a national press and TV campaign fronted by both cast of film and The Alarm combined.

"On August 18th 1979, I travelled to London to see Phil Daniels star in 'Quadrophenia' at a cinema on Oxford Street and then took the tube to Wembley to see The Who perform the soundtrack live, 'Vinyl' provides Alarm and film fans with a similar opportunity to see the movie and then hear the soundtrack at the same time. It's going to be an amazing and one-off experience that will hopefully unite fans of cinema and rock and roll in an interesting way" say Mike Peters.

SANTA BARBARA INDEPENDENT - "VINYL has plenty of pluck, verve, and punchlines, not to mention a fiendishly catchy anthem in 'Free Rock and Roll.'"

'Vinyl ' - The film which has just been awarded 'Best Feature' and 'Best Screenplay' at the Los Angeles Indepenent Film Awards in Hollywood and has been creating a buzz at other US film festivals such as CBGB and Woodstock throughout the summer with it's engaging story of burnt out rocker Johnny Jones (Phil Daniels), who hoodwinks top record labels, radio DJs and the entire rock music world by releasing his new pop punk single under a fictitious teenage band's name......now he just needs to teach Drainpipe, the hired in young singer (Jamie Balckley) and a rowdy bunch of auditioned kids what true punk spirit is all about!

Win! 15 Free Pairs of Tickets to NYC Premiere of Vinyl!

15 Free pairs of tickets to see Vinyl in New York!

The MPO is delighted to announce that we have 15 free pairs of tickets to see the Vinyl Premiere in New York on Thursday July 5th. Please send your request to: alarmcalling@mac.com Please be sure to put “Vinyl” in the subject header of the email.

The Alarm Team will reply to you by Sunday July 1st to inform you of the lucky winners!

A limited number of tickets to the premiere can also be purchased here: https://tickets.landmarktheatres.com/Ticketing.aspx?TheatreID=256&MovieID=13902&ShowDate=7%2F5%2F2012&ScheduleID=82996&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

For more info about the Vinyl Premiere, please click here: http://www.cbgb.com/films.php?p=f&fid=4

Mike Peters 30th Anniv. Handwritten Lyrics and Bespoke Dedication CD

Lyric & Dedication Special Offer Mike Peters - 30th Anniversary Handwritten Lyric & Bespoke Dedicated CD Recording

The Lyrics

Due to public demand and to celebrate 30 years of Mike Peters' words and music, 21st Century brings you an unprecedented opportunity to own a real and unique piece of Mike Peters / Alarm History.

For a limited period only, Mike Peters will personally create for you a one off piece of A4 art featuring the Individually handwritten Mike Peters lyric of your choice, along with signature and wafer seal of authenticity, embossed with an official Red Poppy logo.

Each artefact (which can also be personalised to suit), will be further endorsed with an official letter of provenance from Mike Peters, validating the authenticity of the handwritten lyric that will be yours to own forever.

Each personalised handwritten lyric will be personally created on luxury parchment paper (90 gsm), and delivered in a Black / Silver embossed card frame strut mount, sealed and gift wrapped.

The Music

Again, due to public demand, Mike Peters is now taking commissions for bespoke dedicated audio CD recordings that can be chosen from any single song in his entire published body of work. Each CD will feature a Mike Peters' spoken introduction (based on your wording and dedicated to you or your loved ones), followed by a special acoustic based performance of the chosen song.

Over the last 20 years of MPO, Alarm fans worldwide have contacted MPO in request of a personal recording from Mike in honour of a special anniversary, ranging from a Birthday, Christening, Christmas, Wedding Anniversary, Congratulations, Wedding Song etc. etc.... MPO can now offer a unique service to personalise anniversaries of Alarm fans all over the world. 30 years of songwriting, celebrated in a choice of some 300 songs written by Mike Peters!

"After almost every concert I have ever played someone has come up to me and asked me to write something special on their Mike Peters / Alarm CD's or photos, but because of obvious post-gig time constraints, I have only ever really been able to do something brief and informal such as writing that person's name and / or a simple signature. But now, and to celebrate 30 years of music-making, I have decided to dedicate myself to this endeavour and give everyone the chance to own something special and uniquely personal from me that can either be displayed in the home or played to friends and family as a mark of our enduring and continuing relationship" Mike Peters 2011.

*** As part of the Special Offer, you will also be offered the opportunity to have your photo taken with Mike at any of the dates during the forthcoming acoustic anniversary tour or alternatively at The Gathering 2012. Please email alarmcalling@mac.com to make arrangements in advance ***

* Free postage and packaging with each order placed before the end of December 2011. Once you have made your song choice and have proceeded to the check out section of the store. Please type in each song title you require (and mark accordingly lyric or audio), along with the dedicated wording you would like Mike to write or record for you in the 'Additional Information' box at the checkout window.

For example :

Walk Forever By My Side (Lyric) Dedication wording for lyric art (if required).

Love Hope & Strength (Audio). Dedication wording for audio CD.

* Custom Framing not included in actual price. £100.00

For further details and to order, please visit: http://thealarm.myshopify.com/collections/frontpage/products/mike-peters-handwritten-lyric-dedication-cd-special-offer

Happy Birthday James Stevenson and Willie Nile Tour

On behalf of all at The Alarm and the MPO, A very Happy Birthday today to our own James Stevenson!! In addition to the upcoming Gene Loves Jezebel gigs supporting The Mission, James will also be performing in the touring band for Willie Nile's upcoming UK tour beginning at the end of this month. "Looking forward to playing guitar for one of my all time heroes - the one and only New York City legend Willie Nile On his UK tour" - James Thur Oct 27 The Blue Funk Rythmn and Blues Club, CHESHIRE Fri Oct 28 Cromwell's, Faenol Fawr Hotel, Bodelwyddan, St Asaph, Denbieghshire Sat Oct 29 Bramham VILLAGE HALL, Low Way, Bramham Yorkshire Sun Oct 30 The BoomBoom Club Sutton United Football Club The Borough Sports Ground Sutton, Surrey Mon Oct 31 The Cellars Southsea Hampshire Tues NOV 01 Beaverwood Road Chislehurst, Kent Thurs Nov 03 The Musician Clyde Street Leicester Fri Nov 04 The Tropic Ruislip, London Sat Nov 05 The Cluny Newcastle upon Tyne Sun Nov 06 The MASONIC LODGE Ayrshire, Scotland. (3.00pm start, afternoon show)

Craig Adams- The Mission XXV Tour

Alarm bassist Craig Adams set out on The Mission XXV European tour which began tonight in Bristol. The tour is in celebration of last years 25th anniversary of the band, and as well as original members Craig Adams and Simon Hinkler, the London and Leeds shows will also feature Mark Gemini Thwaite who was a long time Mission guitarist.

In addition, there will be various support acts along the way including our own James Stevenson with Gene Loves Jezebel, Fields of the Nephilim and The Wonderstuff. If that wasn’t enough, rumour has it (yet to be confirmed) that Craig will be selling a tour CD of his forthcoming solo material.

For further information, please visit the official facebook page of The Mission at: https://www.facebook.com/themissionuk

Big Country at the V Festival and New Photos

Mike and the Big Country boys had an amazing time at V Festival in Chelmsford and Stafford this weekend. Sunny weather and responsive crowds generated a great festival vibe.

We invite you to view the full collection of photos taken by Andy Labrow at the link below:http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikepetersorganisation/sets/72157627367578251/

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