When I first heard that Mike & The Mechanics was starting their UK tour at the Rhyl Pavilion, I couldn’t resist popping along to check out one of the top bands of the 80s/90s.
It was great to have Mike & The Mechanics kicking off their ‘THE LIVING YEARS’ – 25th Anniversary tour, by starting it in Rhyl at our local theatre and boy oh boy, was it a packed house!
The evening started with special guests Sadie and the Hotheads which is usually fronted by Downton Abbey’s Elizabeth McGovern, sadly Elizabeth wasn’t at the show as she was still filming Downton Abbey, so backing singer Danica Chapman fronted the band for the evening.
They put on a fantastic performance and it certainly got the theatre audience ready for the second half for Mike & The Mechanics.
Mike Rutherford, a founder member of one of the most successful groups of all time, Genesis, formed Mike & the Mechanics in 1984 and created a side project that would go on to sell 10m records worldwide, was joined by Andrew Roachford and Tim Howar for the evening’s entertainment.
Performing old Mechanics tracks along with new ones and some from the "Roachford Files" and as Mike put it, the "Rutherford Files", some Genesis classics were in the evenings playlist as well, which the audience absolutely loved and joined in with.
When they performed The Living Years, you could see that the song not only still has emotions for Mike Rutherford, but also for many in the audience, including myself, a powerful and beautiful track.
Also during the night they played, All I Need Is a Miracle, Over My Shoulder and a favourite of mine, Another Cup of Coffee.
I have to say that the evening was amazing, it’s great when we get some amazing names coming to the Rhyl Pavilion and with all the bad weather we had, you would have thought many wouldn’t have turned up, but no!
The chance of a lifetime show was one that fans really wanted to see and be part off, we all braved the high winds and rain, to join in the fun with Mike & The Mechanics and it was certainly a night I won’t forget and I was great to be at the first show of the start of the UK tour.
I do hope that they will return to the Rhyl Pavilion in the near future, they will certainly get another hot welcome from their fans.
© blazingminds, by Karen Woodham
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