Podcast: Mike Peters from The Alarm


Today we’re joined by Mike Peters from legendary Welsh punk band The Alarm.  They were one of the most celebrated U.K. punk bands of the 1980s and even provided support on U2’s 1983 War tour here in America.  This year he was the subject of a documentary called Man In The Camo Jacket, which chronicles his amazing battle against cancer…we’ll talk all about that plus: breaking a world record by playing a concert atop Mt. Everest!  Make sure to subscribe to the ‘2 Hours with Matt Pinfield Podcast’ right now so you don’t miss any upcoming conversations…new episodes every Monday and Thursday morning.

On touring the U.S. in 1995 despite his cancer diagnosis:

“It wasn’t like I could reschedule the gig for a week or a month and everyone could still come and see it…I didn’t know if I was going to be alive!  So I ended up going on the tour, I got into the mindset of creating a psychological combat zone, I bought an Army jacket, I played up and down the east coast, across the west coast…all with this shadow of lymphoma hanging over me.  I didn’t tell anybody…I didn’t even tell my mother.”

On maintaining a positive attitude:

“When you take a positive spirit into things…even though things can be chaotic, there’s the unknown to deal with, people are sick…if you go in with a positive attitude: good things are going to come back to you.  Y/k if you don’t give up, just around the corner there’s something that pulls you along and if you’re prepared to stick it in there and fight to get to that little objective then everything pays off.  And even more comes your way…it’s a beautiful thing.”

On roll out of documentary ‘Man In The Camo Jacket’:

“It’s not James Bond, y/k it’s not going to be in every cinema in the world.  It’s there as a resource as much as a current film.  Y/k people will be able to come and see this film at any point in time in their lives, especially if they’re getting interested in the Alarm, have an interest because they’ve found out someone in their family or themselves have cancer.  It’s a great resource that will always be there for people to look to.”

On how ‘Man In The Camo Jacket’ represents the modern fight against cancer:

“We represent how cancer is in the modern era now.  Often all of us have a perception of cancer that’s based from our, maybe from even the way it was dealt with our grandparents never mind our parents!  But everything has moved on so much!  So much so that I now believe: cancer needs to be more afraid of us then we are of it.”