Provo – July 08

A busy day in the offices of Kaleidoscope Pictures. I am given my own office to be able to catch up with everything that I have going on in my life right now. A lot. I get to meet all the staff who are beginning work on the project called ‘Love Hope Strength’. It’s going to be another interesting adventure. In between meetings Russ and I chat over the phone with rest of the entire executive director team of Alex Coletti, James Chippendale, Stasj Silonski. It’s an exciting time ahead. We leave the office and get back to Russ’s amazing hilltop home in time for dinner. Later that evening I sit out on the porch which overlooks all of Utah… it’s amazing view.

Provo - Utah

I have a guitar and the music flows…. where does it come from I wonder….. I have my iPhone and commit this fledging new creation to hard drive and another piece of my soul finds it’s way into the world. There’s an album brewing…. I can feel it!

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Salt Lake City – July 07

Pull into the hotel off interstate 15 in Salt Lake City and right beside us is a waterpark – Cawabunga Bay. As anyone knows all the best rock and roll bands love a watermark. I FaceTime the kids and show them the world’s largest bucket of water tipping gallons of water over the bathing suited adventurers.

Mike Peters - Cawabunga Bay, Salt Lake City

It’s amazing to be able to ‘show’ my boys where in the world I am and walk around the bus with my phone connected to the internet all in real time face to face communication. I remember the days when you had to book a call home from the tour and still had to rely on the written word and postcards to communicate with your loved ones back home. Cawabunga Bay here we come!!!!!!!

After hours in the sun I get picked up by Russ Kendall from Kaleidoscope Pictures (Russ directed The Song That Changed My Life documentary). Russ is taking me to Provo, Utah to work through some of the production details of the Love Hope Strength movie that is in the works.

Mike Peters - Provo, UT

Russ had kindly arranged for a barbecue at his home and I get to spend sometime with his wonderful family and friends and members of the Kaeleidoscope family.

As Russ is a musician also, it’s not long before the guitars are out and a call is made for ‘Walk Forever By My Side’. Who am I to refuse…..

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Helena – July 06

Mark Brzezicki happened across a news article on the Hotel reception TV while we were checking in about some natural hot springs near to where we were. Not ones to hang about, we were soon in a car heading for Boulder, Montana which is half way between Helena and Butte. Our destination is a place called Boulder Springs Hotel which has a totally natural spar of boiling hot springs. It’s a trip back in time as we pull into the kind of hotel you see in Cowboy films and very old by American standards.
Mike Peters - Boulder, Montana
We get a little history lesson from the lady on reception. Apparently we are in Peace Valley a place so special to the native indians that no fighting ever took place here when the Indian Wars were being fought between the indigenous population and the new europeans as represented by the US cavalry. Everyone observed the spiritual significance of this valley and it certainly is peaceful.
Mike Peters - Peace Valley
Mark and I enter the pool and it’s beautifully hot with water so thick with healing properties that it is hard to run your hands through the density of the liquid.
Mike Peters - Hot Springs Boulder MT Mark Brzezicki - Hot Springs Boulder MT
It is so relaxing especially with the knowledge that this water has been heated by the fires of the Earth’s core. Time becomes invisible here too and before we can even get to the steam room and freezing shower to further reinvigorate our tired bodies, it’s time for us to head back to civilisation and the rigours of the tour bus. It was a beautiful day.

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Edmonton – July 05

Had a walk into town with Mark Brzezicki and stopped for a cup of tea at the legendary Tim Horton’s.

It was a day for trying to get on the internet and write up the last few blogs.
The best place to get on line was in the dressing room and I got to spend some time with my guitar and came up with some new songs and ideas while playing. I always enjoy writing in the dressing room as there is always a sense of something happening especially with the clock counting down to showtime.
Mike Peters - Songwriter
In between chords, writing and blogging, I finally got to send a letter to a lady doctor in Israel that I have been reading about since coming across this article on the internet.
Dr. Amal Bishara is an an Israeli Arab woman who runs donor drives in Israel with a very small team of dedicated people. I am trying to come up with a way in which Love Hope Strength can engage with her and maybe make it the focus of our next ‘Rocks’ event. I hit the send button and hope that all my research and tracking on the internet to find email addresses find their home. Fingers crossed.
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Calgary – July 04

While America celebrated their independence, we were up in Calgary, Canada where the Calgary Stampede had taken over town. Masses of people dressed in Western Wear walked by the venue…. they looked like an army of 1980’s The Alarm fans with cowboy hats instead of big hair!!! I feel compelled to check with the venue that they have booked ‘Big Country‘ – Scottish rock band with a Celtic flavor, as defined by the ‘bagpipe’ guitar sound and not the BIG ‘Country and Western band . I was slightly concerned that the audience would start line dancing when we played ‘Fields of Fire‘ tonight. The venue manager assured me that he had booked the right band and was expecting a big crowd of fans for the show. Phew!!!
I went for a run through the town and I was the only person in Nike… the rest were in Scully’s and Tony Lama…. it was weird, but cool all the same. Mark Brzezicki and I went down to the old Stampede corral and marveled in the sites.
Mike Peters - Calgary Stampede
It was a great event– packed with cowboys, cowgirls, line dancers and also a massive ideal home western style convention…. we emerged having had demonstrations in yoga mats, massage chairs and all sorts of innovations that have nothing to do with the cowboy lifestyle whatsoever…
Mike Peters Mark Brzezicki Calgary Stampede
The gig was a bit of a stormer too…

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Kamloops – July 03

We drove over night to Kamloops, and I spent most of the day sorting out my territory as established on the tour bus. A month is a long time to be away from home and you accumulate all kinds of stuff in that time. I have to re-shuffle my space and possessions contained therein. I took a trip to the launderette to clean all my clothes, and it feels good to be organized. I’ll keep it simple today, then Mark Brzezicki and I took a stroll through the town. We enjoyed a nice dinner Al Fresco while watching the world go by.

Rock and Roll Laundromat - Mike Peters

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Vancouver – July 02

We are crossing into Canada.

It’s actually very friendly and pleasant. We had to let the border guards go through our tour bus, but again it’s all smiles and “Welcome To Canada”. We are in a venue called The Venue in Vancouver tonight, and because Canada is so together as a nation and actually sends donor registration forms out to every household there is no real need for Love Hope Strength ‘GET ON THE LIST’. It was a great room to play for. The manager, Destry, is a huge Alarm fan and saw us play with Pat Benatar in 1986. It’s a bit strange just playing a straight gig and not having to do the donor booth and the Love Hope Strength address before the show. It makes me realize how much a part of my rock and roll life ‘Love Hope Strength‘ is now. It’s almost like being on stage without a guitar.

I was in the dressing room before the show, and I started to get to grips with a new song that might just be the beginning of a new record for Mike Peters. It’s got something about it…. no title yet, but some words and a feeling to do something different…… we shall see…..

I like Canada as a country, and Vancouver as a city. Meet some great people after the show who have waited a long time to see Big Country and a lot of people who want to see The Alarm in Canada. All is good in the Great White North.

Guitar art by Mike Peters

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