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A perfectly engineered sound

Think Mike and the Mechanics and it's the sweeping emotional hits like The Living Years, Silent Running, All I Need Is A Miracle and Over My Shoulder that instantly spring to mind.

Here were driving anthems that transcended regular genres and spoke to heart and soul through rocky melodies and soaring choruses.

An unusual beast, driven since 1984 by Genesis bassist and songwriter Mike Rutherford, the band has always been distinguished by its lack of singular lead singer.

On the first album there were four or five but in its most distinctive early Nineties guise it was Paul Young (previously with Sad Cafe) and Paul Carrack, who vocalised the Mechanics sound. With the untimely death of Young in 2000 and the departure of Carrack following a brief reunion in 2004, the band seemed to have run its course.

But, seven years down the line, a new generation of Mike and The Mechanics is born, with Mike Rutherford being joined by Andrew Roachford, one the UK's most successful R&B acts, and Canadian born singer/actor Tim Howar.

Their new live show will revolve around the weighty Mike and the Mechanics back catalogue, but with some nods to the past – and the band's new recruits – with a sprinkling of Genesis, and a couple of numbers from Andrew and Tim's personal repertoires.

Mike and the Mechanics play the Colston Hall Bristol, May 13th 2011.

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