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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Oceanside – June 24

The problem with being an international social media conscious twitterer, instagrammer, website updating facebook posting, blog writing mover and shakerer (or in other words – a musician in the modern era), demands that you have to spend so much time on updates that your life starts to become that of a news reporter / cameraman / photographer / newscaster / producer and network executive all rolled into one. There are so many emails that I have to deal with today plus all the aforementioned updating that my day off is over before it has begun. I had every intention of heading to Hollywood today but time got the better of me, not too mention calling home and catching up on all the family activity (always the best part of the day and the reason FaceTime / Skype and vibe were invented for in my opinion).

Phew…. I remember when days off where exactly that – days off…. nowadays you don’t get an hour off without the phone ringing or the laptop message centre churning out reminders that you can’t help but read. On the Big Country tour bus, we even send emails from the front lounge to the back. Sometimes, across the aisle as we sit opposite each other but mostly though it’s across the continent or at least over the state borders. It’s an amazing world we live in and I don’t know how we survived without the internet. I’m really soaking up all the changes right now and embracing what I feel is a different America to the one I’ve inhabited since first coming here in 1983.

I took a call from James Chippendale with the news that we have just received permission from Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), to host drives on his USA tour starting at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles tomorrow night. Phones are on speed dial between where I am, Colorado and Texas. Some rearranging of schedules is called for, and when I looked up at the time, it was 4 o’clock in the afternoon and my plans to head for Hollywood go up in smoke!

Mike Peters and James Chippendale

Photo – James Chippendale and I at Vail Rocks 2013

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Mike Peters appears at House of Commons for Marrow Drive to Celebrate Parliament Increasing Eligibility Requirements of Donors in the UK from 17-30 to 17-55 years of age BBC News

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Solano Beach – June 19

We had a tour bus problem that needed to get fixed this morning. So it was a long drive to California, and the Belly Up in Solano Beach. I slept a lot of the way there, and got to speak with Jules and the kids over FaceTime. It’s crazy how much I miss my family, my boys, my wife. Dylan has been at the school’s sports day, he has also been awarded player’s player of the year at his football (soccer) club. Evan has been missing his Dad, and has been off school poorly. He has made a breakthrough playing his drums and can now play ‘The Beat’. This is the sacrifice I have to make to be here. These boys are my reason for living, for staying alive, for living with cancer. It’s great to be alive, but hell to be away from them, especially when you ‘know’ that these are the moments that you can’t get back. I have to work hard to suppress the thoughts and feelings of running home.
These are the feelings that Stuart Adamson must have found so difficult to deal with. When the success and the hard work of touring came Big Country’s way, back when I first met the band in 1983. Unlike myself, Jim Kerr, Mike Scott, Bono, and almost every single one of my contemporaries of those times– Stuart was a father, and was aware of the responsibilities of parenthood. This is one of those things that I believe made his lyrics so mature at the time of writing. In 1983, we were so young, single, and carefree; while Stuart was a man who had become weighed down with the responsibilities that come with having children. I can feel his loneliness, his homesickness, in a lot of the words he conjured up post, ‘The Crossing.’ I am glad for the time we spent together, when he was alive.
Tonight, Rob Steffen has volunteered to run the LHS drive, and did a great job adding 22 people to the list. Unfortunately, he had to leave, as the last chord of ‘In A Big Country’ faded away on the stage. I grabbed my LHS combat jacket from the dressing room, and ran out to the booth, and managed to personally sign up an extra seven people to the list. It was a rewarding experience, as every single person counts. It is also such a great way to interact with fans, who have been coming to see me perform year after year.
There was girl who came over, and said she wanted to give back some of her DNA. She said it was because of all the music I had given to her life. It’s times like this when you can understand what success is, and realize that it’s not measured by an award, or a gold disc, but in the simplicity of a few words from someone who has carried and cared for the music I have helped to bring into the world. You can’t ask for more than that.
 LHS Donor Drive - Solano Beach

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Love Hope Strength Video Trailer See the video here

Mike Peters appears at House of Commons for Marrow Drive to Celebrate Parliament Increasing Eligibility Requirements of Donors in the UK from 17-30 to 17-55 years of age BBC News

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