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Published on April 19th, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz

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Mike Peters On The Forthcoming “STREAM {Hurricane Of Change}” Album, The Alarm & Future Plans

As the singer and primary songwriter behind the Wales-based band The Alarm, Mike Peters found his first Billboard chart success in the early 1980s with hits like “68 Guns” and “The Deceiver.” The Alarm continued to score hits through its 1991 breakup — The Alarm would go on to reform in 2000, scoring over a dozen Top 50 U.K. singles to date — and Peters has never stopped working. Beyond a successful solo career, briefly singing for Big Country and being part of the supergroup Dead Men Walking (alongside members of the Sex Pistols and The Damned), Peters is also the co-founding of the Love Hope Strength Founder. And his extensive charitable work led to him becoming a MBE last year.

STREAM {Hurricane Of Change} is the successful new one-man rock theatrical show from Mike Peters. Described by respected UK theatre producer Phil Clark as a cross between The Who’s Quadrophenia and Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood, STREAM {Hurricane of Change} was scheduled to make its live debut in North America this month. But naturally, the current Coronavirus pandemic delayed these live appearances of Peters; the scheduled New York date on April 18th coincided with the World Record Store Day release of the Celtic Folklore LIve vinyl edition, which featured previously-unreleased recordings from the Alarm’s 1988 tour. However, the double album release of STREAM {Hurricane of Change} is still set to hit the shelves of physical and online retailers alike on June 12, 2020.

Touring break aside, Mike Peters has also been keeping busy with his The Big Night In livestream series. The next one of these will be happening on Saturday, April 25, as also featuring Jules Peters. The two will be presenting a “Virtual Theatre” premiere presentation of Oxy & The Morons, beginning at 7:00 PM UK time, 2:00 PM EST and 11:00 AM PST. As with all proper theater shows, there will be an intermission and special appearances by the actors from the play joining Mike and Jules Peters.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Mike Peters by phone on March 24, 2020 about STREAM {Hurricane Of Change} and plenty more, including Peters’ usage of the Internet before practically every other prominent artist. As discussed at the beginning of our conversation, COVID-19 already had the world in flux, although the two of us did not yet know how bad it was going to get. More on Mike Peters and STREAM {Hurricane Of Change} can be found online by visiting www.thealarm.com.


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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World, TheStreet.com, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly PureGrainAudio.com). He has also co-authored two published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.


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