It’s not often when a rock artist of legendary proportions matches up to his musical legacy, with a legacy of activism. Mike Peters of The Alarm has certainly done that and more. I had a chance to talk to Mike on his return to San Luis Obispo, California on the ‘Declaration’ 30th Anniversary tour. We talked pre-show at SLO Brew about his visit to San Luis Obispo on the ‘Strength’ tour back in 1989 when I originally got a chance to meet him, and he shared some great memories of that show and a whole lot more.

We also talked about the re-issue and modernization of the ‘Declaration’ album, the state of radio then and now, releasing music on vinyl, the early days of the Alarm, his recent BBC Orchestra of Wales tribute performance and his fantastic Love, Hope, Strength Organization, which is an international, cancer charity providing support for cancer centers, and inspiration to those affected, throughout the world. Their mission is to save lives immediately with the advances that have already been made in cancer care. The non-profit uses their funds to purchase medical equipment and supplies, raise awareness through special events, documentaries and media, build cancer centers and find bone marrow donors. I myself am now on the bone marrow donor list and you should be too: www.lovehopestrength.org –  Get involved!!

Mike also drops in stories about connections with Jack White, The Stray Cats, U2 and Bono, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and more. A new book, album and film are all on the way to look forward to from Mike as well! A great guy, great musician, and great humanitarian! Thanks Mike!

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Mike Peters of The Alarm shares great stories of meeting and playing a gig with the Sex Pistols and meeting The Clash in London leading into ‘Spirit of ’76’

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Photos of Mike & I at the show and back in 1989 at Live 95 KPGA in San Luis Obispo, CA.

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