One of the featured attractions at the third annual Asbury Park Music & Film Festival 2017 was Mike + The Mechanics performing at the House Of Independents on Friday night.
Let Me Fly, the second album from Mike + The Mechanics to feature the current line-up, highlighting the soulful voice of (co-)lead vocalist Andrew Roachford, is a bit of a disappointment, considering how much talent and energy Mike Rutherford’s long-time, Genesis "side project" has had over the decades.
In a interview with former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett, he suggested that each of the band members "probably could have inhabited 10 different bands in 10 different genres," thanks to the diversity of their individual musical tastes.
When the classic line-up of Genesis – Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, Steve Hackett and Tony Banks – sat down together in London during the summer of 2014 to shoot an interview for a BBC documentary Genesis – Sum of the Parts, it fuelled speculation about a possible reunion.
British pop rock group Mike + The Mechanics return with new album "Let Me Fly" next month, their first in six years, with founding member Mike Rutherford saying the band's old hits still resonate with audiences nearly 30 years on as they tour Britain.