Mike Peters
Mike Peters
Mike Peters is a Welsh musician, best known as the lead singer of The Alarm. He currently lives in Dyserth, North Wales with his family. After The Alarm split up in 1991, Peters wrote and released solo work, which he has been releasing under the name "The Alarm" since 2000. Additionally, he is co-founder of the Love Hope Strength Foundation. Mike Peters is currently the lead singer for Big Country.
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100,000 Musicians Support Charities Through Music for Good
Huffington Post - over 3 years
When music industry website ReverbNation decided it was time to give back, it looked to its customers for inspiration. How could nearly three million artists, venue owners and industry professionals make a difference? Then a lightbulb went off inside the mind of the company's co-founder and president, Jed Carlson: Name the program Music for Good and let the musicians choose the organizations they want to support. That's when I got the call. Connecting charities and musicians is my business, so ringing up colleagues at some of the world's most trusted nonprofits and curating the list of organizations was a rewarding task. ReverbNation launched the program on its website and asked artists to put one or more of their songs for sale on the Music for Good page, where the bands split profits 50/50 with a charity of their choosing. Yet what happened next surprised all of us: After we got 13 charities on board, and artists began selling songs, Music for Good took off by itself without any ...
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Mike Peters: Liberal Arts Value Goes Beyond Dollars
Huffington Post - over 3 years
We have heard much recently from politicians, pundits and others about the purpose and value of higher education. From President Barack Obama on down, almost all of the commentary has focused on the economic imperative of higher education, lamenting how the United States is falling behind other countries and how we need to be able to compete economically with China. The downturn in the economy has increased this rhetoric, narrowing the conversation about, and the understanding of, the purpose of higher education. This rhetoric has grossly undervalued an education in the liberal arts, which include math and sciences as well as humanities. Viewing higher education only through an economic prism distorts its broader value and benefits both to the individual and society. Viewing the liberal arts as unresponsive to the economic prospects of individuals and to the health of our society is no less a distortion. Certainly, higher education has an economic component. The data remain ...
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Kristi York Wooten: In a Big Country, Reasons to Stay Alive
Huffington Post - over 3 years
It may surprise music fans of a certain age to know that various members of Big Country, The Alarm, and Simple Minds are performing together as Big Country in 2013. On paper, this tour has the makings of just another 1980s nostalgia trip. Yet, the reality is much more nuanced and emotional: in the face of tragedy and hardship, a group of longtime friends set out to fulfill the promise of a song -- and a singer -- that refuse to give up. I'm at Denver's Marquis Theater, listening to singer Mike Peters talk about his battle with leukemia and a series of treatments he recently completed. He describes the anxiety he and his wife, Jules, felt a few days ago as they sat in a doctor's office near their home in Wales, waiting for a blood analysis and hoping that the balance would swing in favor of Mike rejoining Big Country as frontman for a two-month US tour (he also does double-duty as leader of The Alarm). The good cells won, by a hair, and here Peters stands in the basement of ...
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Shipbuilder Huntington eyes higher profits despite flat sales
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Andrea Shalal-Esa NEWPORT NEWS, Virginia (Reuters) - Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc is on track to boost profit margins and keep paying dividends despite flat revenues in coming years, the U.S. shipbuilder's top executive said, citing ongoing efforts to cut costs and improve performance. Mike Petters, chief executive of Huntington Ingalls, spoke with Reuters at the company's headquarters in Newport News, Virginia hours before the U.S. Navy announced that Huntington beat out General Dynamics Corp for a larger share of a $6.1 billion Navy order for nine new DDG 51 destroyers. ...
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Jim Luce: NY Indian American Film Festival Triumphant in 13th Year
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) announced the winners of its competition categories at a ceremony at NYU's Skirball Center last week, in the final event for the monumental festival. I was delighted to attend for the fourth year - a relative latecomer to this well-established cultural smorgasbord. The winners were chosen from eighteen narrative, ten documentaries (feature length or shorter), and eight shorts from the Indian subcontinent and its diaspora. Closing Night presenters and filmmakers. Photo: nydreams.com (Fahim Feroj). Top honors were awarded to Anumati directed by Gajendra Ahire, for Best Feature Film as well as Best Actor in a Feature Film for Vikram Gokhale's impressive turn as a desperate husband, Ratnakar, on a mission to save his dying wife. The award for Best Feature Film was jointly presented by Consul General of India, Ambassador Mulay, and Ambassador Manjeev Puri. Top Chef judge Padma Lakshmi presented the Best Actor award. Director Hansal ...
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Ruben Bolling: Cartoonists Demand Action to End Gun Violence: The Jester's Hat Is Off
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
I hate national tragedies. Of course, yes, in the large sense, I hate them just like everyone does. I was obsessed and devastated by the Boston Marathon bombing and subsequent manhunt. And just starting to write this paragraph, the mental image of that Sandy Hook classroom flickered across my imagination, and made me physically cringe. As a dad, I can't even stand the thought for more than the split second before I banish it from my mind. But I'm speaking professionally. I'm a cartoonist whose weekly comic strip ("Tom the Dancing Bug") often deals with topical issues. So while I join the nation in mourning, and feeling real, knee-buckling grief, I have the infuriating chore of thinking about how I'm going to deal with the issue in my humorous comic strip. I'm not in a comedy mood, and neither are you. The week after the Newtown tragedy, I punted. My readers may have found it strange to see a Christmas Carol satire of the Supreme Court; I just couldn't stoma ...
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Letter: Happy memories of childhood in the 1940s
Yorkshire Evening Post - about 4 years
Like Peter Bagnell I also attended Buslingthorpe School in the 40s.
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Sightings: Whales, bobcat and more (15-pic gallery)
San Francisco Chronicle - about 4 years
Spectacular whales sightings from shore. Surprise encounters with bobcats in the Bay Area foothills. The return of the most rare bird — the falcated duck — to roam across Northern California. These episodes have made the past 10 days among the best imaginable for people who love wildlife. The 15 photos in the gallery above were submitted by readers. All of the shot are recent, except for the falcated duck, which arrived again last week at the Colusa National Wildlife Refuge; Mike Peters provided his great photo of the same bird last January. Conditions for sightings have been ideal. On the coast, clear skies, bright sunny days and gentle seas [...]
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Kristi York Wooten: Rock Stars Climb Everest and Fight Cancer
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Remember the documentary Everest Rocks, which ran on the cable music channel Palladia and showed impromptu singalongs by members from 1980s bands such as Squeeze, The Fixx, The Alarm and The Stray Cats as they climbed peaks in Nepal for charity? That film captured the world's highest concert performance ever, and kickstarted the cancer-fighting charity Love Hope Strength (LHS). Right now through December 12, 2012 the rockers are at it again -- this time at Everest Rocks II with Brett Dennen, G. Love, Cy Curnin and members of the Gin Blossoms and Fastball -- and you can follow their journey, message the team with song requests and encourage them on their way to the Everest base camp, where they'll break their previous world record for highest concert at a 12/12/12 finale gig. LHS, which has held hundreds of events, climbs and concerts over the past five years to raise money and awareness for cancer treatment and bone marrow donor matches, was formed by cancer survivors M ...
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Huntington CEO: Put politics aside in U.S. budget debate
Yahoo News - over 4 years
WASHINGTON, Sept 5 - The CEO of America's largest warship maker urged U.S. lawmakers and the defense industry to stop playing politics with military budgets and begin a serious debate about looming defense cuts. "I think that we've got to get beyond all the politics," said Mike Petters, chief executive of shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries . "I believe that we ought to get people to quit playing the political games and they need to start coming together and trying to find solutions. ...
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Petters: Good first year for Huntignton Ingalls
Courier Journal - almost 5 years
Mike Petters, chief executive officer of Huntington Ingalls Industries, said in an interview with Industry Week magazine that the company has done a lot right in its first year.
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Java Remembers 2011
Blogs.Courant.com - about 5 years
When it came to significant people, places and events, Java had plenty to choose from and write about during 2011. Among those we won't forget... Events: -Gov. Dannel Malloy's Inaugural Ball held this year at the Connecticut Convention Center. The pull-all-the-stops-out black tie event for the new Democratic governor, organized by the First Company Governor's Foot Guard, was the highlight of an Inauguration Day that included a flurry of happy legislative breakfasts, a private lunch with outgoing Republican Governor Jodi Rell, and Java's near arrest at the private fundraiser at the Old State House. -Mark Twain House and Museum's A-list of events and people including  authors David Baldacci, John Grisham and Jodi Picoult at Yale,  Academy Award-winning documentarian Michael Moore at UConn, married actors Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker and  legendary newscaster Ted Koppel in Hartford. -Mohegan Sun celebrated its 15th anniversary with a salute to tv show host Regis Philbin a ...
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Suspicious Package Triggers Second Day of School Evacuations in Santa Ana - NBC Los Angeles
Google News - over 5 years
Santa Ana Unified School District police evacuated the warehouse at 720 N. Fairview St. and nearby schools while the bomb squad ran the "suspicious'' packages through X-ray machines, Orange County sheriff's Lt. Mike Peters said
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Double Take 'Toons: Cheney Cleans Some Clocks? - NPR
Google News - over 5 years
Dick Cheney's memoir In My Time has reawakened the controversies surrounding the Iraq war and rankled many of his former colleagues. Richard "Bart" Bartholomew and Mike Peters offer concise reviews
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O.C. sheriff's deputy hospitalized after motorcyle crash - Los Angeles Times
Google News - over 5 years
The deputy was on duty, driving south on Marguerite Parkway when he crashed and was ejected from his motorcycle near Avery Parkway just after 8:30 am, Orange County sheriff's Lt. Mike Peters said. He was taken to Mission Hospital with injuries to the
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New Burger Place At Former Mayor Mike's In Hartford - Hartford Courant (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Seems David Squillante, who owned the controversial clubs "Velvet" and "System" in Hartford a decade ago, is opening a burger restaurant where former Hartford mayor Mike Peters restaurant was located at 283 Asylum St. Squillante could not be reached
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New coaches change face of county prep football - Annapolis Capital
Google News - over 5 years
By MIKE PETERS, Staff Writer Coaching is a tough and unpredictable occupation, and if there were ever a measuring point, this offseason was it. AP VIDEO more>> One right after another, the football coaches in Anne Arundel
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Intertribal gathering spot moves to planning stage - The Grand Rapids Press - MLive.com
Google News - over 5 years
Mike Peters, head of 4Fires Ministries, uses an eagle feather and smoke as symbols to direct worshipers' prayers to God. Peters is heading a plan to build an intertribal lodge in Grand Rapids, which, though sponsored by the World Communion of Reformed
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mike Peters
  • 2013
    Age 53
    On 9 November 2013 it was announced via the Big Country Facebook page that Peters had departed the band.
    More Details Hide Details Peters has stated various artists have had an influence on his musical direction. In "Edward Henry Street" of the album with the same name Peters sings "bought Aladdin Sane from Greaves records" in reference to the song by David Bowie.
  • 2011
    Age 51
    In 2011, Peters joined Big Country for their UK tour and released a single with the band that August, titled "Another Country", followed in April 2013 by an album The Journey.
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    Between 2011 and 2013, Peters was the vocalist for Big Country as well as The Alarm.
    More Details Hide Details Peters was born in Prestatyn and grew up living in The Crescent Hotel in Edward Henry Street, Rhyl, with former The Alarm band member Eddie MacDonald. The name of the street became the inspiration for a track on the album of the same name, released as part of The Poppyfields Bond of albums. On "Edward Henry Street", Peters describes his life growing up in Wales. Peters' first job was a computer operator. He worked on an old IBM System 3 mainframe with an operating system of RPG II. It was a data card based system that seen in today's terms was very primitive.
  • 2010
    Age 50
    He joined members of The Mescaleros in 2010 to perform songs of Joe Strummer under the name Los Mondos Bongo.
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  • 2007
    Age 47
    In October 2007, Peters, along with 38 other musicians, cancer survivors and supporters, made a 14-day trek to the Mount Everest base camp to perform the highest concert ever on land to raise awareness and money to fight cancer.
    More Details Hide Details Other musicians included Cy Curnin and Jamie West-Oram of The Fixx, Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze, Slim Jim Phantom of The Stray Cats and Nick Harper. Peters is the co-founder of The Love Hope and Strength Foundation with James Chippendale, president of CSI Entertainment in Dallas, Texas. Peters is married to Jules and has two children. He currently lives in Dyserth, North Wales with his family.
  • 2006
    Age 46
    He has since announced a remission of this and has appeared in a documentary for BBC Wales chronicling his so far successful battle with cancer. The documentary was released in 2006 as Mike Peters on the Road to Recovery with some of the proceeds being donated to Peters' foundation.
    More Details Hide Details In 2011, Peter's Love Hope Strength Foundation released the film More to Live For, intended to promote the importance of bone marrow donation in saving the lives of cancer victims.
  • 2005
    Age 45
    In 2005, Peters discovered that he was suffering from chronic lymphocytic leukaemia.
    More Details Hide Details At this time, Peters started a cancer foundation called Love Hope Strength to help with the fight against cancer.
  • 2004
    Age 44
    In 2004, Peters released the single "45 RPM" using the pseudonym, The Poppy Fields, using the guise that this band was a teenage band based from Chester. (This hoax was the source of the subject of the movie Vinyl).
    More Details Hide Details Peters came eleventh in an on-line poll to find 100 Welsh Heroes.
  • 2001
    Age 41
    In 2001, Peters went on the road again as part of supergroup Dead Men Walking.
    More Details Hide Details Featuring Pete Wylie (of The Mighty Wah! Glen Matlock (former Sex Pistols), Captain Sensible (The Damned), and Kirk Brandon (Spear of Destiny), the band played a mixture of old and new material spanning their combined careers.
  • 2000
    Age 40
    In 2000, Peters decided to reuse The Alarm brand name.
    More Details Hide Details After he left the band in 1991, Peters had signed over rights to the name to the other band members. This caused former drummer Nigel Twist to threaten to sue. Peters has since used The Alarm brand name, sometimes with added roman numericals for the year.
  • 1999
    Age 39
    In 1999, Peters again worked with Billy Duffy, forming a band called Coloursound with Duffy, his former Cult bandmate Scott Garret, and Craig Adams (formerly of The Mission).
    More Details Hide Details They recorded one eponymous studio album. Since 1993, Peters has held an annual weekend event called "The Gathering" at Llandudno. It has been attended by various guest musicians, including former Alarm band members. The new millennium saw Peters release Flesh and Blood, based on the stage play of the same name written by Helen Griffin.
  • 1998
    Age 38
    Peters followed the release of "Rise" by touring the US under "The Interactive Acoustic Works U.S. Tour", which started in Boston on 10 October 1998.
    More Details Hide Details That year also saw the release of the album "Live a Broadcast." This set included a version of The Alarm's best known song, 68 Guns, which reinstated an extra verse that the band had trimmed out early in the writing process.
    In 1998, "Rise" was released, to a wider audience this time. "Rise" was a change of musical direction for Peters. "White Noise Part II," found Peters experimenting with studio sound manipulation and drum machines, whereas "My Calling" featured Peters' signature acoustic/electric roots-rock sound.
    More Details Hide Details The album also featured the song "In Circles," which Peters co-wrote with ex-Cult guitarist Billy Duffy.
  • 1996
    Age 36
    In 1996, after having been misdiagnosed with cancer, Peters released his second solo venture "Feel Free."
    More Details Hide Details The album included a take on Grandmaster Flash's influential rap track "The Message." The American release of "Feel Free" also included a special hidden track called "Gone Elvis."
  • 1991
    Age 31
    In 1991, The Alarm split up after Peters left the band on stage at The Brixton Academy, declaring
    More Details Hide Details "We've shared some great moments in time over the last ten years and tonight I would like to thank all the people who have supported me from the beginning to the end. Tonight, this is my last moment with the Alarm, I'm going out in a blaze of glory – my hands are held up high." The original members of The Alarm have only reunited once. This was for the VH1 series Bands Reunited. Two singles were released in 1994. "Back into the System", which also included a Welsh release of the single. This was followed by "It Just Don't Get Any Better Than This". Peters teamed up with "The Poets" for both records. The single also included a first release of the track "White Noise" which Peters re-recorded for the album "Rise." The American release also included a re-mix.
    After the band split up in 1991, Peters wrote and released solo work, before reconstituting The Alarm in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details Additionally, he is co-founder of the Love Hope Strength Foundation.
  • 1978
    Age 18
    Peters, along with MacDonald, Dave Sharp and Nigel Twist (then called Nigel Buckle), formed a band called Seventeen in 1978.
    More Details Hide Details The first song Seventeen played was "Pop Generation" at the Bee (now Station) Hotel in Rhyl on 27 May 1978. One single was released in 1979 on the Vendetta label entitled "Don't Let Go." In 1981 The Alarm was formed and moved to London to tour the club circuit. They were signed by the IRS label. The band took their name from a song named Alarm Alarm, that was one of the first songs written by Peters for The Toilets. On BBC Radio 1, John Peel commented that with Duran Duran, Talk Talk and now Alarm Alarm perhaps he should call himself John Peel John Peel, so the name was shortened to The Alarm. The Alarm played their first gig in the Victoria Hotel in Prestatyn on 10 June 1981. "Shout to the Devil" was the first song to be played. Peters wrote the song that day and as it suited the three acoustics and drumkit line-up, the band used to rehearse it during the soundcheck. Their first single on their own label, "Unsafe Building," was released in November 1981.
  • 1976
    Age 16
    His first band proper was The Toilets, formed after he saw the Sex Pistols play at Chester in 1976.
    More Details Hide Details The first song The Toilets played live was "Nothing To Do" at the Palace Hotel in Rhyl.
  • 1975
    Age 15
    Peters' musical debut came on 10 October 1975, when he fronted Harry Hippie (named by the disc jockey James Alexander Barr), a band formed with his schoolmates to perform at his sister's 21st birthday party at the Talardy Hotel in St Asaph.
    More Details Hide Details The first song performed that night was a cover version of "If You Think You Know How To Love Me" by Smokie.
  • 1959
    Born on February 25, 1959.
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