All the rock ’n’ roll cliches apply to Mike Peters - but they’re all true.

The frontman and a founder member of The Alarm, he is a survivor, he’s had a roller-coaster life and now aged 60, he’s revered as an icon of rock.

Back in June, The Killers paid a surprise tribute to him when they played Cardiff Castle.

Towards the end of their set, The Killers, who headlined Glastonbury the following night, performed Rain in the Summertime, one of The Alarm’s most famous songs.

Peters was in the crowd to hear it happen and was shocked and delighted at the move.

He’s just back from a tour of the US and a hiking holiday in Iceland with his cancer charity Love Hope Strength and he wants to talk about his next tour of the UK which brings him to Cumbria.

But he is just as keen to discuss how people should face up to cancer and refuse to have their lives overtaken by it.

Now 60, he’s lost none of his enthusiasm or excitement for music or for life.

Some of that is down to his natural demeanour, some of it to the fact that in late 2005, he was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukaemia.

The band was forced to play select shows, dictated by his chemotherapy treatment.

Two years later, he founded Love Hope Strength - which is dedicated to ‘Saving Lives One Concert At A Time’ .

He organises hikes up mountains for those affected by cancer and for fellow musicians and they play acoustic concerts on the peaks.

He’s travelled to Peru, Kilimanjaro, Mt Fuji and Everest to hike and play.

Mike is still taking treatment for his cancer, but is well enough to be able to play a solo 27-date autumn tour which comes to The Brickyard in Carlisle on October 10.

The tour is called the Hurricane Of Change 30th Anniversary Tour and honours The Alarm’s late 1980s trilogy of albums Eye Of The Hurricane, Electric Folklore and Change.

It will feature Mike playing acoustic versions of classic Alarm tracks, explaining the thinking behind them and telling stories about his music and life.

After forming in 1981, The Alarm’s breakthrough came in 1983 when they were asked to support U2 on their USA tour.

“We were playing Cambridge scout hut when we got the call,” recalls Peters.

“Unlike a lot of British bands we didn’t go there with any baggage, they didn’t have any preconceived ideas about us.”

They were a huge hit over there before most people had heard of them in the UK.

When their first single 68 Guns became a hit, they flew back from America just to appear on Top of the Pops, then crossed the Atlantic to continue the tour.

They didn’t realise they’d been such a hit until they returned at the end of the tour.

The band split in 1991 but Peters revived the name in 2003. There’s been a rebirth in interest in the band after their 1983 hit The Stand was used in the recent Netflix series 13 Reasons Why and clicking up 1.5 million Spotify hits and the new album Sigma has been a major critical success.

Peters says of the tour: “The songs were written at the end of the Eighties when Britain was becoming more integrated with Europe and the Berlin Wall was coming down.

“It is interesting to see how people respond to these songs today and see whether they are still relevant.

“I’m looking forward to liberating these songs to today.

“The whole idea was to get out into the heartland of the UK and play places The Alarm have not.”

n Mike Peters Presents The Alarm, The Brickyard, Carlisle, October 10. For tickets, go to