12th October 2007 — The Alarm’s Mike Peters has beaten cancer twice and, with a fresh outlook on life and energy that only that kind of victory can give you, has since been raising money for cancer research through his Love Hope Strength foundation. However, he’s not been raising it in the most traditional of ways — no sponsored walks or marathons here. Instead he’s arranged a series of gigs in some fairly unusual places…
“Where I was being treated for leukemia in hospital I could see Mount Snowdon,” he explains, “so I decided to do a gig there, take the fans to the top and raise money for the hospital. That became the blueprint for the Love Hope Strength foundation. We set up an American version and our sponsors there wanted us to do an American event so we went for the highest gig in New York playing at the top of the Empire State Building!”
But Mike is topping even that gig with his latest venture which will see him and his super group perform above the base camp on Everest to, hopefully anyway, secure a spot in the record books and raise money and awareness for cancer research along the way.
“I can’t quite believe it!” he tells us just a few days before setting off. Fortunately he is well prepared both physically and musically, surrounding himself with some of the best climbers and musicians including The Squeeze’s Glen Tilbrook and members of Stray Cats and The Fixx. They also need reliable and rugged equipment, which is where the EDIROL R-4PRO comes in…
“At first I was fairly naive about it and thought it would be a case of just taking a laptop,” says Mike. “I realized that wouldn’t work so started looking at something that would be more robust and portable and that led us to the EDIROL R-4PRO. We read about its use in the field by various people and decided that it was what we needed. It’s very portable and quick to use and adapt to the situation. We’re using a mini PA at the gig and we can plug the R-4PRO in and go straight away — that’s the beauty of it. We are going to be doing Alarm hits, Squeeze hits, Stray Cats, The Fixx, all that. Everyone’s going to sing a few songs.”
“We need to record audio and we can do a mix on the R-4PRO internally away so it’s like having a mini studio. We can mix as we go so we can take advantage of all sorts of situations. We’re not going to just record the gig at base-camp but we’ll be doing songs along the way to base camp on a daily basis. iTunes are helping out as a sponsor and we’ll be selling songs that we make along the way through them, so as fast as we can make them they’ll be on iTunes! And that’s why the R-4PRO is so helpful because we can mix, edit do everything we want.”
We’ll report back on how Mike and the team get on as it happens! In the meantime, for more information about Love Hope Strength visit www.lovehopestrengthfoundation.co.uk