Dallas – July 15

Early start at 7am but no problem for the Peters family who have not had time to consider such things as jet lag. The boys are fantastic and used to a life with a mum and dad who always have ‘stuff’ going on. Today’s ‘stuff’ involves a television appearance on the early morning KDTV channel’s Texas Daily show.
James Chippendale and I are the special guests along with the one time ‘fastest man in the world’ Michael Johnson. I can’t resist getting my photo taken with the great athlete and my kids are quite taken with him too “Is he faster than Usain Bolt?” says Evan.
Michael Johnson Mike Peters Dylan Peters Evan Peters
I have to sing a version of ‘Strength’ which I sing in Ab minor as it’s a little early for full on rock and roll singing and although I’m awake my singing voice is still half asleep.
Mike Peters Texas Daily
We are interviewed by four US women and it’s a lot like being on ‘Loose Women’ in the UK.
The Texas Daily
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After the show, it’s back to the hotel for a meeting with a literary agent named David Hale Smith from Inkwell Literary Agency who has approached me (through James), to talk about doing a book based on my experiences. It’s a really good meeting, and I feel comfortable in David’s presence. David has actually climbed Mt. Snowdon so that’s pretty cool in my book (excuse the pun). We talk through some ideas and ways forward and before you can say ‘new chapter’, it’s time to head back to Austin for the ‘sold out’ solo show at the Listening Roon at Winflo on 6th street in Austin.
The traffic is terrible again and we only just make it before the doors open to set up. My dressing room is an old Airstream caravan which is very cool indeed.
Mike Peters Airstream
It’s another night to benefit Love Hope Strength and there are some great people in attendance. The evening begins with a talk about the charities origins from James and I followed by a solo acoustic set that tells the story of my battle with cancer from 1995 onwards. It turns out to be a very emotional night.
Mike Peters James Chippendale
Jules and the kids are sat beside the stage but the boys are fast asleep before I had sung the first song. I’ve never played a show like it before and it is quite draining to go back through the details of the scary situations Jules and I found ourselves in that are the foundations of Love Hope Strength. To close the show I invited James back onto the stage again thanked him for his kindness to my family in our hours of need. We said our goodbyes for now and boarded the tour bus bound for Nashville, TN.

Mike Peters – The Song That Changed My Life Documentary

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Dallas – July 14

We spend most of today relaxing and catching up on all the news from home. A lunch with Richard Rees and a photocall at the ‘I love you so much’ spray can writing that has become something of a must do photo sensation in Austin. The spray can slogan was sprayed by the owner of Jo’s coffee shop‘s girlfriend and has caught on through Facebook and social media. A modern day phenomena.

Mike Peters @ Jo's, Austin

We have a tough drive to Dallas through the heavy traffic and just make it on time to the venue in the Deep Ellum district. ‘Trees’ is a fairly legendary venue that has seen performances from Nirvana and Pearl Jam to name but a couple, but I’m not sure if it has seen anything quite like the site of Big Country being piped onto the stage by the ten pice Fort Worth Scottish Drum and Pipe Band all dressed in full national Scottish dress with bag pipes and kilts.

Big Country Fort Worth pipe Band

It’s a very moving start to the show and at the end of the night we bring the pipe band back up on to the stage to close out with ‘In A Big Country’.

See Big Country at Dallas Trees here.

Mike Peters – The Song That Changed My Life Documentary

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Houston – July 12th

Welcome aboard the naturist bus tour of America.

Mike Peters Texas

We have no air conditioning and it’s so hot we are all stripped down to the bare essentials to try and keep cool. There’s no time to even stop for food… we might just make the show in time but only just… as long as we keep rolling. We make Forth Worth / Dallas at 5:10 and still have four hours to go!!!! The phrase “Houston We Have A Problem” springs to mind!!!!

Bruce Watson and Will Peters

We eventually get to Houston with about 30 minutes to spare. It’s called a ‘throw and go’ in the trade. We don’t have time to set up Mark’s kit so he uses the opening act’s drums. It turns out to be a great show. There is a spring in our step caused by the day’s frustrations and we all raise our game for the crowd of BC devotees who have waited so patiently to see the band.

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Alvaro from San Antonio (who is a serious LHS volunteer and responsible for finding 20 of our 600 matches), is on hand to sign people to the register and he takes me to Austin after the show.

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We chat non stop for the entire 3 hour journey and even manage to fit in a stop at Buckee’s legendary Austin truckstop. I get to James Chippendale’s house and am so glad to see a bed!!!

Mike Peters – The Song That Changed My Life Documentary

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Aspen – July 10

It’s a surreal morning… at 4.00 AM we are sat waiting for the Amtrak train to pull into Provo.

Mike Peters Amtrak California Zephyr

There is no station just a covered shelter. All of a sudden a huge train pulls into view with the unmistakeable sound of the California Zephyr’s low bell softly ringing to herald it’s arrival. We climb out of the car and Russ and I bid each other well (Russ ls heading for Italy on another film production he has in the works), and I board the train bound for Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

Mike Peters Russ Kendall

I have booked myself a sleeper room on this huge juggernaut of a train and am shown to my bed. I manage to get some sleep until the early morning light and heat wakes me up for breakfast at 6:30. As much as I like talking to strangers who mistake me for Rod Stewart =;-), I head back to bed for some more sleep.

Mike Peters California Zephyr

There are some beautiful views from the panoramic windows and I know for a lot of people (like my father-in-law Peter), this would be a dream come true just as I realise and appreciate how lucky I am to be able to enjoy these experiences.

Mike Peters California Zephyr

California Zephyr

At precisely 12:10 I arrive on time at Glenwood Springs to be picked up by Julie Lampton (Jules 2), who Jules (Jules 1), and I met together on Love Hope Strength’s Kilimanjaro Rocks adventure back in 2009 (I first met Julie (Jules 2), on Everest Rocks in 2007). Julie whisks me off into the Rockies in her open top car and we pull into places like ‘Woody Creek’ famed as the watering hole of choice for one Hunter S. Thompson.

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Aspen is our destination and what a beautiful place it is. We meet up with Rob Rushing, Bekki and Randy who are helping run the donor drive tonight and together we all pile into the Love Hope Strength camouflage mini (that was donated by Schomp of Denver), and drive up to Maroon Bells to visit one of the most photographed and visited viewing points in America. The water is so still and reflects the beauty back from above.

Mike Peters Maroon Bells, Colorado

Upon arrival at the famous ‘Belly Up’, I notice that our tour bus is in a state of total disarray as we have faulty brakes and flat tyres…. The Journey is taking it’s toll on our means of transport that’s for sure. I get another surprise when my phone goes off with a text message from Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters. He wants to come to the show…. !!

Mark Brzezicki gets the same text and is very excited. We both met Taylor at Oxegen Festival in Ireland a couple of summers ago in 2011. He is a self confessed Big Country and Alarm fan. The gig is another stormer and afterwards at the donor booth I am accosted by Taylor singing “Sixty Eight Guns Will Never Die”……what a night!!!!!!

Mike Peters Rob Rushing Taylor Hawkins

Mike Peters Big Country Belly Up Aspen

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Provo – July 09

Day two in the Kendall residence and we are up early and driving into town. Russ asks me questions about my life with The Alarm and we get to talking about ‘VH1 Band’s Reunited’. It was quite a programme to be involved in and Russ is interested to hear how we were ‘set up’ by VH1 in advance.

I spend some time in one of the edit suites with the team and we take pictures and work out some plans and deadlines to aim for.

Mike Peters - Kaleidoscope

Mike Peters - Kaleidoscope Picture

Russ and I go for dinner together and on the way home Russ takes me on the scenic route via Bridal Vale which features a spectacular Waterfall complete with jumping fish where the river hits valley floor. It’s straight to bed when we finally reach the house my wake up call is set for 3:00 AM.

Mike Peters - Bridal Vale, UT

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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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