The beginnings of The Alarm are rooted in the punk rock soundclash of 1977 when an impressionable Mike Peters began writing three minute blasts of electric noise on a beat up white guitar. The energy of the times has sustained Mike Peters ever since.
Formed by Mike Peters in 1981, the early Alarm sound featured a daring mix of amped up acoustic guitars, harmonica and passionate vocals that invited the enduring description "Bob Dylan meets The Clash". This is the sound of The Alarm that has been heard around the world ever since with 17 Top 50 UK singles, a host of successful albums and over 5 million sales worldwide. (The Alarm's most recent chart success `Three Sevens Clash' (Guerilla Tactics 2008), rose to number 3 in the Alternative US Radio Charts).
Another all together darker dimension was added to this ever evolving Alarm story when Mike Peters was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL), just before the release of `Under Attack' in January 2006. Despite having to undertake a heavy schedule of chemotherapy, Mike Peters carried out all his duties as front man of The Alarm. In between monthly chemo sessions he played every show booked in the UK and even two tours of the USA including an emotional performance at The Joey Ramone Lymphoma Research Benefit Concert in New York City. Whilst in New York Mike Peters received the news his family and Alarm fans worldwide had been hoping for when he was declared to be in remission. BBC cameras had been allowed to capture Mike's cancer battle from the beginning, and a powerful and revealing TV documentary `The Road To Recovery' was broadcast in August 2006.
Since then Mike Peters has formed his own cancer charity Love Hope Strength Foundation (LHSF) taking the fight against cancer to new heights and leading a team of musicians to 18,500 feet on Mt. Everest to break the record for the world's highest concert on land and help build a cancer centre in Kathmandu, Nepal. Since then Mike Peters and LHSF have hosted further ground breaking musical treks to Macchu Picchu (2008), and the summit of Kilimanjaro (2009), providing much needed cancer care for those in the developing world. LHSF is now the biggest rock and roll cancer charity in the world, running hundreds of DNA Saliva based bone marrow donor drives at music events all across the USA and (after some powerful Mike Peters lead campaigns in Parliament), now doing the same at home in the UK. This August, Mike Peters will once again lead the LHSF team to Mt. Fuji in Japan to further highlight the need for a global initiative in the registration of bone marrow donors.
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